Combining old-school nostalgia with modern melodies, FAR OUT: DISCO PARTY exuded uncontrollable grooves that kept the dancefloor moving.
Under a canopy of colorful lights and swirling disco balls, a wave of heavy nostalgia filled the air in Brooklyn at The Great Hall. Jointly organized by Project 91 and Avant Gardner, the FAR OUT: DISCO PARTY brought together a community of music lovers to celebrate the past and appreciate the musical influences of the present day. It’s been a while since there was a retro-themed party that made us reminisce about a high school homecoming reunion event. There was an unmistakable party atmosphere that poked at the core of my feeling like a teenager once more.
The Great Hall turned into a boogie party as the music featured danceable rhythms and upbeat tempos, hallmarks of the disco scene.
Goldroom was a personal highlight of the night. He electrified the New York crowd with his dreamy, synth-based mixes, beckoning the audience to move as if it was their last option to feel free. The elemental blends of deep house and nu-disco were at the forefront of his set, making it seem like it was almost time to usher in the summer pool parties.
Fresh off dropping the deluxe edition of their album, This Can’t Be Everything, Phantoms duo Kyle Kaplan and Vinnie Pergola also knew exactly how to work for the crowd with their blurred lines of indie-dance and disco house at the mark of the midnight hour. They built an uplifting sonic environment in the 60-minute set to send a reminder that the night is about celebrating good times and embracing the moment in style.
When globetrotter Manila Killa took over the decks, he brought top-tier, infectious energy to the dancefloor.
With his signature emotion-driven soundscapes, Manila Killa found the sweet spot by deftly infusing an exuberant disco-styled groove to match the theme of the night. Before closing out the show, surprise guest Hotel Garuda joined Manila Killa on stage for a brief moment to turn up the nostalgia. The duo made sure that the audience was kept engaged and immersed in euphoric energy through their chemistry on stage. Hotel Garuda then took over to send the crowd on a blissful ride home as he delved deep into the recesses of the 3am dance floor, incorporating disco-pop grooves with chantable choruses with a nod to New Wave.
The fresh, contemporary electronic sounds paid homage to the disco era while pushing the boundaries of modern dance music.
In addition to the artists like DEVAULT, Goldroom, Manila Killa, and Phantoms who graced the stage at the main hall, the smaller intimate lounge also hosted an eclectic mix of new and rising DJs who channeled their musical palette into playful elements of a disco themed party. Others, such as Midwestern Goodbye, Dos Heffes, STAVE, and Anthony Romano, kept the crowd dancing through funky basslines and driving beats. With the room filled with colorful disco balls, glittering decorations, and flashing lights, the atmosphere created a lively and energetic vibe, which transported the crowd back in time.
Awashed with electronic inspiration and contemporary funk, Jon Gue also fired on a b2b set with NYC-based producer Anthony Romano to flex their creativity and ingenuity. Like STAVE and Dos Heffes before them, they draw from the sounds, styles, and techniques of disco-soul. In no time, a sense of nostalgia filled the room as the electronic elements of the bass synthesizer and futuristic sounds added to the flourishing energy of the music.
There was nothing quite like watching the sparkles of light bouncing off the shiny disco ball as the dance floor filled with people moving to the beat of joy and camaraderie.
It was a cathartic and somewhat purifying experience to relive the joyous connection to the retro days of classic dance and flashy-themed parties. As summer approaches, don’t miss out on the chance to check out the rest of the events that have been lined up in the Avant Gardner calendar. Stay tuned to social media for more show updates.