YEAR ONE (Sept 12-14, 2014)
This September 12-14 comes the debut of SUSTAIN-RELEASE, an adventurous new music weekend in upstate New York featuring shared cabins for all participants, heated pools, a lake, bonfire, and forward-thinking music across two stages...
The lineup features elite members of the dance music avant-garde and an arsenal of pioneering local talent. Headliners include Sandwell District's gender-tweaked techno shaman RROSE, whose propulsive live performances crackle like an electrical storm off dark waters. There will be an extended DJ set from psychedelic and sensual house dancer-turned-producer JOEY ANDERSON, recently lauded for his immaculately bent album After Forever on Dekmantel. Berlin-based, California-raised XOSAR, a favorite of L.I.E.S, Crème and Rush Hour, will play one of her sparkling hardware sets full of mysterious, aqueous melodies. Ascending Detroit producer MGUN comes fresh off releases for Kyle Hall’s Wild Oats, London’s Trilogy Tapes imprints and performances with Underground Resistance. A live journey from RVNG's BLONDES promises to be full of peaks & valleys with the woozy dynamic of unyielding euphoria, and MORGAN LOUIS reveals why his unhinged techno sets inspired the renegade White Material crew. The festival will also feature a pool party led by charismatic Underground Quality label boss JUS-ED, who has played a key role in the tri-state area’s genuine deep house movement over the last decade, as well as slurred house auteur HUERCO S. and his crate-digging label boss Mondo at FUTURE TIMES.
Live hardware performances include ITAL, whose upcoming album on Planet Mu promises to take us further down the rabbit hole of vertigo-inducing dance excursions, DC's sun-dappled duo PROTECT-U, who released their debut album Free USA this past May, and feral L.I.E.S. affiliate PERSON OF INTEREST. Also joining live is DUST, the acid-drenched art collective that includes Bossa Nova Civic Club's founder John Barclay, and Opal Tapes star PATRICIA.
Sustain-Release welcomes a 6-hour THE BUNKER NEW YORK SHOWCASE featuring four of their key artists and residents. The beloved party series has shaped the NY landscape by presenting a stunning array of celebrated techno & house greats from around the world, and now after a decade they've launched a label. Founder BRYAN KASENIC will DJ alongside MIKE SERVITO, famous for his undeniably jacking sunrise sets. Haunting techno producer CLAY WILSON and recently-signed kosmische experimentalists FORMA perform live.
DJ sets go late in the night with rising dark techno imprint FIFTH WALL founders Houndscales & Divvorce going head to head, as well as Brooklyn's best kept secret ANTENES (modular synth queen Lori Napoleon), and AURORA HALAL, whose recent debut on Mutual Dreaming Recordings is a shadowy transmission of headspinning plasmoid techno. Upcoming artist JORDAN, with releases on Fred P.'s Soul People Music and a new collaboration with Tin Man joins along with ALGO RHYTHM (A. Arias and JM De Frias of the Sequencias label), Body Actualized's JAN WOO, and Bossa Nova residents ANALOG SOUL.
Years in the making, Sustain-Release is the collaboration between Aurora Halal, artist, musician & creator of Brooklyn's Mutual Dreaming parties, and longtime music writer, promoter, and employee of halcyon, NTS & Underground Quality, Zara Wladawsky. Influenced by formative experiences at various UK camping festivals like Freerotation and private parties in the woods, Sustain-Release brings together some of the most fascinating, cutting-edge artists of our time to play uncompromising sets in a bucolic natural environment two hours north of NYC. The first edition will commence Friday September 12th and end at dawn on Sunday, September 14th at Camp Lakota, a 500-capacity summer camp nestled among the Catskills Mountains in Wurtsboro, NY. Both indoor stages will be equipped with boutique sound from Tsunami Bass and immersive lighting installations by NITEMIND (ex-lighting director of Club Shade & Steel Drums). Local partners include Brooklyn's innovative underground venue Bossa Nova Civic Club.
Tickets are limited to 495, and are currently priced at $115. Reservations of a whole cabin to share with friends are available for groups of 12-24. There's parking on site, or visitors can take a shuttle bus from New York City provided at an additional low cost.
FIFTH WALL (Houndscales & Divvorce)
THE BUNKER NEW YORK SHOWCASE:
CLAY WILSON Live
FUTURE TIMES DJs
PERSON OF INTEREST Live
ALGO RHYTHM (A. Arias & JM De Frias)
LOUISE LE DU
THE LONG COUNT CYCLE
Lighting by NITEMIND
Sound by TSUNAMI BASS
1AM Blondes Live
2AM Joey Anderson
4AM Ital Live
8:30PM Louise le Du
12AM THE BUNKER NY > Forma Live
1AM Clay Wilson Live
2AM Bryan Kasenic
4AM Mike Servito
2PM Future Times DJs
3:30PM Huerco S.
8:30PM BONFIRE AT THE LAKE!
10PM Earthen Sea Live
10:40PM Protect-U Live
11:30PM Morgan Louis
1AM Xosar Live
2AM Rrose Live
3AM Aurora Halal
4:30AM Fifth Wall (Houndscales B2b Divvorce)
10PM The Long Count Cycle
11:30PM Analog Soul
1AM Patricia Live
2AM Person of Interest Live
2:40AM DUST Live
3:15AM Algo Rhythm
5AM Jan Woo
Camp Lakota: Doug Katz, Michael Childs etc.
Planning: Lawyers Anibal Luque & Jess Hoffman, Tiffany Dorman
Production: Zack Kerns, Peter Pearson, Drew Brady, Harry Cubberly
Lighting by Nitemind: Michael Potvin, Steven Grisé, Kip Davis, Christian Rosario
Check-in: Laura Jimenez Galvis (Registrar), Olga D, Tal Silberstein, Greg Zifcak
Stage Managers: Andrew Devlin, Daniel Martin-Mccormick, Adam Snead
Artist Relations: Lesly Remy Jr.
Bar by Cameo/Jify's: Jify Shah, Evan Weiner & their amazing staff
Food by Orleans: Oliver Vonderahe, Chris Goldstein & their marathon kitchen crew. Orleans' lighting: Light Label Sean McIntyre
Sound by Tsunami Bass: Zoe Shizaru, Andrew Eisele, Andy Kemp & co.
Partners: The Bunker, Bossa Nova Civic Club, Mutual Dreaming
Yoga room: nihiti / lo bit landscapes
Cabin hosts: Angelina Dreem, Maria 909, Rezzie & Lindsey, Brian Whatever, Clay Wilson, Brian Leeds, Bunker, Mike Servito, Sandy Heyaime, John Barclay, Club Toilet, Ariana Paoletti, Parka Nites
PR: Gamall Awad (Backspin Promotions)
Website assistance: Olga Dancekowski
EMT: Michael Kaufman
Security: Bruce Dixey & staff
Special thanks: The Last Weekend (Jon Santos & Ken Farmer), Lindsey Leonard, SoundHouse, Mat Shulz at Unsound, Jesse Reiner, Shawn Schwartz, #TheWurtsboroWander, local pizza guy Mark, the Masten Lake community
Pre-Parties: Farbfernseher & Dynamo Dreesen, BNCC & DJ Richard, Output & Jen Lyon
Photographers: Erez Avissar, Christopher Honeywell
Press: Juno Plus, Resident Advisor, Dazed & Confused, Cool Hunting, DJ Mag, XLR8R, Thump, Dummy, NTS Radio
The amazing audience who took a chance on our first edition & everyone else who supported ♥♥
Aurora & Zara