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Full Moon Fest's Urban Oasis was (Moon) Lit

Any event that imports sand from France, has twenty foot high walls made of plants, and rages until 6AM is bound to be a good time. On Saturday, the fifth annual Full Moon Festival in Williamsburg proved why it’s become the most sought-after annual party for the city’s electronic dance music lovers. Tucked into a block-long section of the neighborhood, this year’s festival took place at the urban oasis appropriately named the Brooklyn Mirage and lasted nearly twenty-four hours. Milk’s Chris Thomas wandered the festival to check out the sights, sounds, and sweaty crowds as they swayed to the music under the sun and moon.

Near record temperatures during the day led to a mass removal of clothing to stay cool enough to dance to music by some of the best up-and-coming artists on the festival’s main stage. Although each performer was bringing the fire, it was a performance by Gossip Girl hearthrob Penn Badgley’s band MOTHXR that brought out the daytime crowd’s best dance moves. As the sun set, festivalgoers who had been avoiding the heat packed the venue for performances by Rüfüs Du So, Tensnake, and our newest electropop obsession Yelle.

As Yelle’s Julie Budet jumped around the stage and shot glitter into the crowd, the moon appeared through the clouds to shine a light on the festival’s devoted gathering. Not content to close out the show at midnight, Full Moon Fest kept things lit until the sunrise with intimate performances on the Crew Love and Moonlight Jungle stages that culminated with a surprise appearance by Frank & Tony, who played strictly vinyl at 4AM.

As the moonlight turned to sunrays, tired and devoted dancing queens crawled out of the venue and into the awaiting swarm of Ubers to recover. With an electric energy that expands every year, Full Moon Fest is a festival that must be experienced, not just retold. The party may be over but next year, it’ll be time again to grab your sunscreen, put on those dancing shoes, and party in the moonlight.

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