Following a season full of diverse, immersive house and techno events that perpetually left guests wanting more, The Brooklyn Mirage and Cityfox strapped down to host their most impressive spectacle yet: The Cityfox Halloween Festival.
Halloween in New York City can be both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because there’s an event suited for everyone’s taste, and a curse because there are not enough hours in the night to attend them all. Luckily for electronic music lovers the city’s most respected and beloved event curators, The Cityfox Experience, opted to throw an unforgettable event that not only covered all bases, but surpassed everyone’s expectations. Their lineup alone – which boasted an impressive selection of industry heavy-hitters including Lee Burridge, DJ Tennis, Bedouin, &ME, ANNA, Stephan Bodzin (Live), Einmusik (Live), and Behrouz – was incentive enough to attend. Support included the likes of Richy Ahmed, Serge Devant, Luna, MightyKat, Luca Bacchetti, Poison Arrow, and more.
The organizers promised that guests would be in for a treat (and many tricks) with four stages, a downtempo lounge, plenty of food and drink options, and an advanced visual production scheme. Frequent Mirage attendees were exposed to “The Blood Shed”, which took place within a usually undisturbed warehouse on the cusp of the venue and was transformed into a fourth stage. The production of the spectacle was truly unparalleled to anything we’ve attended in the past. From the moment we walked through the doors, it was evident that they went above and beyond to make this a spooktacular experience for everyone in attendance. In addition to the four stages – which were packed with mystical and pulsating sounds – they turned the corridor into an ambient lounge where guests could regroup while indulging in the liquid atmospheric stylings of Konrad Black & Poison Arrow.
Although every artist brought their a-game and delivered meticulously crafted sets, standouts of the night were &ME, DJ Tennis, and rising Kompakt star, ANNA. Closing out The Lost Circus stage with a 3 hour long set, &ME took listeners on a melodic journey. He played an array of his classic Keinmusik gems combined with soulful house that sent shockwaves down everyone’s spine. As dawn began to break, DJ Tennis masterfully took over the decks in ‘The Immortal Kingdom’ stage. Casting spells on the audience with his signature haunting synths and chilling breakbeats, the force behind Life and Death showcase exactly why he is one of the greats of our generation. The juxtaposition between his groovy, hypnotic beats and the dark energy seeping through the room made for something magical.
Within the depths of “The Great Hell”, the female headliner delivered the most relentless set of the night. Hailing from Brazil, ANNA has been making waves with her inception into the Speicher sub-label of Kompakt Records and her raw, minimal techno cuts. Her set – albeit short in nature – showcased exactly why she’s been one of this year’s most promising rising acts, and proved that she’s here to stay. Sprinkling easter eggs for her fans into her set, including the succinct ‘Hidden Beauties’ and her most recent cut, ‘Remembrance’ and ‘When I Am Only a Dream’, the rising star delivered an unforgettable performance that most aptly suited the tone of the evening.
If you missed out on this event and would like to immerse yourself in The Cityfox Experience, tickets for their highly-lauded New Year’s Eve / Day party, ‘The Cityfox Odyssey: NYE & NYD 2019” will be available for purchase on Thursday, November 8th.