This Weekend's PSA - Full Moon Festival

Each year, New York’s Governor’s Island turns into one of the city’s biggest independent music festivals, drawing thousands of music lovers and foodies alike for Full Moon Festival. Tomorrow will see the event pull together a giant gathering of restaurants, cultural institutions, artists and musicians. In past years, festival headliners included: SBTRKT, Santigold, Pusha T, Black Coffee, MOTXR, Cyril Hahn, Yelle, Kiesza, Tensake, Delorean, Wild Belle, Wolf + Lab, Soul Clap, Miami Horror, Son Lux, The Aston Shuffle, Claptone, Le Youth, Young & Sick, Gigamesh. It’s by no means a Coachella type affair, but for those who religiously follow DJ’s and emerging artists, and even those that don’t, it’s one of the best east coast music events the year and generally speaking, a huge waterfront party.

The event grows in size and scope every year, offering new experiences, such as the The Big Quiet, a mass meditation for all attendees. This year’s headliners are one of the best lineups yet, and include headliners such as Solaar, DJ Harvey, Chicago rapper Vic Mensa, Kelela, Larry Heard, Awesome Tapes From Africa, and nearly a dozen other musicians and DJs. But some people just come for the food, which is equally entertaining and curated to involve some of the most talented and interesting cooks in the city. Williamsburg’s famed southern comfort food eatery, Loosie Rogue will be at Full Moon this year. As will Pizza Moto, and the ice cream vendor, Van Leeuwen Ice Cream. Wise Fish Poke and La Esquina offer a New York spin on classic Mexican food and will also be on the island for this year’s festivities. Chinatown’s new modern-American eatery, The Flower Shop and Fish Cheeks, New York’s famed Thai seafood restaurant are also attending this year. What isn’t guaranteed are tickets, which are still available on line at different price points, but are quickly selling out.

Words by Rocky Casale
Photo by Luis Ruiz