YEAR THREE (Sept 16-18, 2016)
“Sisters, I don’t know what this world is coming to...”
Sustain-Release ventures deeper into the unknown with YEAR THREE at Camp Kennybrook, September 16-18th. Featuring shared cabins and camping for all participants, a lake, hot tubs, a campfire and forward-thinking music across two stages, Year Three once again pairs powerful New York and American talent with singular voices from the international underground.
Friday’s Main stage continues its tradition of warm & evocative sets. DJ SPRINKLES will play a 3-hour closing of hypnotically unspooling, haunting and blissful music that reflects on the history of NY House and gender identity through a meta lens. HONEY DIJON joins from New York with a special set made infamous at SHADE, where acapellas soar above exhilarating techno. Vancouver native PLO MAN debuted last year with “Stations of the Elevated,” a supremely mesmerizing slab of breaks-inflected groove. Opening are local favorites DJ Wey and Will DiMaggio, aka SWEET & LOW.
Tucked further in the trees at the Bossa Stage, darkness falls. Drexciya-affiliate DJ STINGRAY careens through vicious techno rarities and demented electro, while CONTAINER‘s live set promises pure tape-smeared punishment served with a wry grin. ANTENES channels decades steeped in Midwest & NY techno-electro into propulsive live sets made with her homemade synthesizers. Discwoman co-founder UMFANG, leading a ‘Techno Feminism’ movement, will close the night with trance-inducing hard minimalism. MAX MCFERREN rounds out the crew with an extended opening set.
Saturday resets with an intimate lecture by DJ Sprinkles, entitled Secrecy Wave Manifesto. If weather allows, this will take place in a forest clearing across the pond. Soon after, a day party begins with a live set from 1080p's BETA LIBRAE. Brooklyn’s essential leftfielder ANTHONY NAPLES takes over late afternoon duties, and Bristol’s SHANTI CELESTE spins lost classics, blighty bangers and rarities as the sun sets behind the trees.
Main stage dives into the vortex til dawn. Cologne’s cosmic selector LENA WILLIKENS slices through tripping techno, wicked EBM and beyond with an inimitable flow. Making her US debut, Berlin cult favorite DR. RUBINSTEIN closes the weekend. Her sets weave questing, atmospheric acid techno with true rave personality. There will be three live sets, each promising a form of blinding, pulsating energy. VOISKI’s MC Escher-esque tracks are paradoxically ever-ascending while simultaneously cascading downwards. PHIL MOFFA represents a newer side of head-spinning Jeff Millsian modernism with his precision-tooled adrenaline workouts. GREG ZIFCAK will perform a 10min strobe-light-based performance that stretches perceptions of space and time. White Material’s DJ RICHARD opens with a descent into foreboding ambient, tender electronics and feral punk energy. An essential UK artist joins as our SECRET GUEST late in the night..
Back at the Bossa stage, Glasgow’s legendary OPTIMO play the closing set. Their weekly residency at Sub Club was the stuff of lore: genre-bending, all night journeys that united a dance community out of step with mainstream clubbing. Hot off the heels of his transcendent second LP, HUERCO S. returns to S-R with an emotive DJ set. Residents THE LONG COUNT CYCLE’s Saturday opening slot is always one of the weekend’s most anticipated sessions, with a slowly unfurling, psychedelic build. AURORA HALAL and ITAL continue the journey with intense, exploratory live sets.
All weekend long there will be an ambient tent at the campfire down a wooded path, with playlists by MATT WERTH of RVNG, ADRIAN REW, and BRIAN SWEENY.
Both stages will be equipped with boutique sound from SUBBASS SOUND SYSTEM and immersive lighting installations by resident artist, NITEMIND.
Year Three tickets are limited to 900. Due to limited capacity, we’re still using a membership system, where previous-year attendees can buy tickets for themselves and 1 guest. Doors will open at 3PM Friday and close Sunday 3PM.
Sustain-Release is the collaboration between Aurora Halal and Zara Wladawsky. Local partners include Bossa Nova Civic Club.
THE LONG COUNT CYCLE
AURORA HALAL live
PHIL MOFFA live
BETA LIBRAE live
GREG ZIFCAK live
SWEET & LOW
+AMBIENT TENT with RVNG, ADRIAN REW, BRIAN SWEENY
Lighting by NITEMIND
Sound by SUBBASS SOUND SYSTEM
Camp Kennybrook: Howard, Bunky, Felicia & staff
Assistant Director: Daniel Martin-McCormick
Lawyer: Luque PLLC
Site Managers: Mike Petillo, Richard Gamble
Production: Peter Pearson, Nicole Kim, Harry Cubberly, Julien Tregoat, Aanandi Aquino, Zack Kerns
Lighting by Nitemind: Michael Potvin, Raj Medhekar, Kip Davis, Adam Aslan, Brian Sweeny, Steven Grisé
Sound by SubBASS: Marshall Hansen, Andre Ferreira
Stage Managers: Daniel M-M, Greg Zifcak, Federico Gomez
Bar: Chris Video, Sam Kellam Mathews, Ashley Sloley, Beto Cravioto, Casey Zap, Edward Thompson, Erica Kenia, Jon W. Nicholson, Sophia Sempepos, Vanessa McGinley, Vasilis Fotopoulos
Intermission Cafe by Soda Club: Drew Brady & staff
Sustenance by Rewild: Mantra Mundana, Jan Woo & staff
Security Directors: John Barclay, Maq Mike, Guards provided by A.D.M. Security Inc.
Campground Manager: Jason Halal
Check-in: Frankie Hutchinson, Christine McCharen-Tran, Becca McCharen-Tran, Peter P., Aanandi A., Nicole K.
Buses: Daniel M-M, Kayla Waldorf, Juan Cortez
Artist Hospitality: Lesly Remy Jr., Stephanie Kimberly
Artist Drivers: Ezra Glenn, Kristopher Willer, Ana Fernandez, Cole Evelev
Ticketing development: Olga Dancekowski, Marcus Webb
Partners: Bossa Nova Civic Club, Mutual Dreaming
Basketball Tournament: organizer Brendan Arnott, players, and champions Justin Hyacinth, Lee Jun Vimala, Wuta Onda
Cabin hosts: Andrew Akanbi+Brian Whatever+Daniel Creahan, Anibal L., Ariana Paoletti+Discwoman, Brian Pineyro, Jason Fellows, Mantra M., Marcus Webb+Clay Adakazaam, Olga D., Sandy Heyaime, Seze Devres, Stephanie Neptune
Medics: Maddy Brown, Trevor Coleman
Special thanks: Firestarter Ryan Scannura, White Label Mate, Mark Grossman, Patric Fallon, Brendan Arnott, Matthew Curry (Chemistry Creative), Fiona Walsh
Photographers: Erez Avissar, Luis Nieto Dickens
All the wonderful campers <3 <3
Lots of love & see you next year at Kennybrook..
-Aurora & Zara