It seems like ages since we danced together under the blast of a confetti cannon. This is the longest we’ve ever waited for the return of the wildest party in the world to touch back down in New York. And if we’re being honest, we are hungry for a night of technicolor madness, larger-than-life decorations, and a hailstorm of inflatables—it’s been too long! We’re excited to announce that the wait is nearly over. elrow will make its triumphant return to Brooklyn on July 22nd, 2023.
While elrow is all about the experience, the music is always second-to-none. For this year's summer festival, we've lined up a mix of stellar solo and B2B sets from some of dance music's most incredible talent. It's a cornucopia of house music sounds!
Dance to the joyous hands-up beats of Dombresky, spicy tech house heaters from Francisco Allendes and Igelsias, legendary deep house from Kerri Chandler, and the indie-laced house and live vocals of Dirtybird's Nala. Matroda will bring his trademark Matrodasound to elrow for the first time, and Gray Area favorites Manda Moor, Luna Mar, Local Singles, and Cormac will also be in the building. And how could we forget the always-energetic Tini Gessler?!
We've got four exciting B2B sets lined up that will match the energy of the hourly confetti blasts. Dutch powerhouse Mau P is dropping the heat for the first time alongside tech house innovator Detlef. The incomparable Paul Woolford matches up with Ibiza favorite Marco Faraone, PIV frontman Prunk is going head-to-head with Cuttin' Headz signee Fleur Shore, and UK legend Seb Zito is going b2b with minimal tech mastermind Luuk van Dijk.
New York's favorite absurd and fun-loving two-stage mini-festival is plunging the Brooklyn Mirage through the interstellar gateway into a New World where the line between space and time gets blurry. It's a wacky time-traveling expedition that's gone a bit pear-shaped, causing the past, present, and future to exist all at once. It's everything you love about elrow, surreal, extraordinary, a little bit screwy, with just a touch of the wonderfully ludicrous. It's a wild gathering of technicolor sites and future nostalgic sounds.
Dance the night and morning away in the shadow of the Stargate and a giant phoenix. Trust us, you won’t want to go home until the last record spins as the sun peaks over the horizon.
Detlef's tight-knit basslines and undeniable grooves on his 2017 single "Swagon," captivated dancers around the world. The Greek tech house titan's tracks are the kind that ignite the dancefloor, and he's laced the groove for some of the longest-standing labels in the history of dance music, like Relief, Hot Creations, Viva Music, and Toolroom. Whether the night is heading into peak time or chilling out for sunrise, Detlef always provides that perfect shift in the tide.
Over the last few years, Dombresky has easily become one of Gray Area's most beloved artists. His sets are always a satisfying mix of joyous hands-up moments, disco-tinged synths, and big basslines. From his more bass-forward early days to his recent work as a purveyor of bright and buoyant vocal-led house, he always succeeds at making crowds completely lose it in the beat.
In 2020 Birmingham, UK talent Fleur Shore emerged with a stack of tracks that brimmed with funkdafied basslines, scintillating vocals, and drenched in notes of nostalgia for bygone nights at the club. In just two years, she quickly gained steam with releases on Cuttin Headz, a Beatport #1, and a slew of high-profile gigs like Warehouse Project, fabric, Ushuaia, and now The Brooklyn Mirage.
Francisco Allendes describes his music as retro-futuristic Martian groove—a definition without constraint. The Ibiza-based DJ and producer is widely known for his hits on Cadenza, KMS, Sola, Snatch, Mood, and Crosstown Rebels. However, he's just as potent as a performer. A resident of Ushuaia Ibiza's legendary ANTS, he's also brought the house down at festivals like Tomorrowland and BPM, plus events in his homeland of Chile like Dreambeach, Creamfields, Awakenings, Mysteryland, and Love Parade.
Between performing globally at hotspots like Egg London and Hi Ibiza, releasing on labels like Paco Osuna's Mindshake Records, and running Woodlands Studio, where he works with the likes of Max Chapman, Latmun, and Detlef, UK talent Iglesias has built quite a brand for himself. All the while, he's remained dedicated to artistic integrity and put the music above all else.
When you have the opportunity to experience a house legend like Kerri Chandler, you take it. Kerri Chandler is house, and all are welcome to lose themselves to his delightful, soulful, intricate, uplifting grooves. He's considered one of the godfathers of deep house and, quite fittingly, the "Stevie Wonder of house music." Find one Kerri Chandler track that ain't timeless!
Yet another Gray Area favorite, Local Singles, got us in the groove for elrow Summer Festival in 2022 and have heated up the dancefloor for us on several occasions. They lit up the summer of 2022 with their edit of Disclosure and Flume's "You & Me," with Westend. And proving they have plenty of tricks up their sleeves, the cheeky duo have forthcoming releases on some of the hottest labels in the game, including South of Saturn, Night Service Only, Techne, and Toolroom.
Luna Mar isn't just a Gray Area resident, she's fast becoming one of New York's most trusted and sought-after DJs. She's continually blown us away with her intelligent selections, ability to captivate a dancefloor, and positive, uplifting vibes. Whether she's warming up the speakers for artists like Todd Terry, Roger Sanchez, and Cloonee or dropping the beats for festivals like Electric Zoo, she does it with style, grace, and rhythm.
One of the hottest names in minimal and deep tech, Amsterdam's Luuk van Dijk has spent the better part of the last five years in the Beatport top 100 with releases on Cuttin' Headz, Hottrax, and his own Dark Side Of The Sun. His formidable basslines and crispy beats have made him a crowd favorite at Awakenings, Paradise, elrow, and, more recently, the epic Factory Town MMW closing party for Eastenderz.
Manda Moor's infectious determination seeps into her bouncy yet sophisticated tracks. Her relentless drive has landed her international gigs in some of the most acclaimed house and techno spaces, particularly in Ibiza and the UK. And her tracks have been released on acclaimed labels like Tamango Records, Hot Creations, and her own Mood Child Records, the label she runs with partner Sirus Hood.
Few artists in dance music have set themselves apart from the crowd so much that their sound has become synonymous with their name. The Matrodasound is an example of capturing that unique spirit. Bass forward, rhythmic, glitchy, and fully fun as hell, Matroda's records are memorable and impossible not to cut a rug to. We've been lucky enough to snag him for a few New York shows, and we're excited for him to make his elrow New York debut with us this summer.
Since 2007 Tuscany-born, Barcelona-based Marco Faraone has been blasting the system with his explosive blend of peak-hour techno and house music. In 2022 not only did he blaze up the Ibiza season with a string of monumental performances on Amnesia's legendary Terrace, he completely changed the game as a producer. With blistering releases on Defected, Filth on Acid, Drumcode, and his own UNCAGE imprint, he's quickly moved from promising up-and-comer to one of the most recognized names in underground dance.
We're all intimately familiar with Mau P's breakthrough hit "Drugs From Amsterdam." It was the ID of the summer of 2022 and perfectly encapsulates the kind of summer debauchery we are also intimately familiar with. His follow-up, "Gimme That Bounce," proved he was no one trick pony. And with a career in dance that dates back to his big room days as Maurice West, it's clear that Mau has no intention of slowing down.
Miami-born, LA-based DJ, producer, and vocalist Nala emerged from the pandemic as one of Dirtybird's most potent and poised voices. She struck a chord with an aesthetic that fuses indie rock and underground dance with an electric stage presence. Her brilliantly poetic lyrics are a breath of fresh air in a world flush with banal party tech. And her upfront delivery conjures the spirit of Blondie in the heyday of CBGB.
British producer and DJ Paul Woolford has proven over and over again that he's capable of multitudes. From his more challenging soundscapes as Special Request to the more club-leaning beats he produces under his given name, Woolford never disappoints. He's equally comfortable rehashing 90's classics like in his 2022 collaboration with Pessto, "Can You Pay?" as he is working alongside Diplo on uplifting piano house jams like "Looking For Me."
Acclaimed producer Prunk was pivotal in pushing the minimal tech sound to the forefront of dance music. The founder of the taste-making label, PIV, he's also released original tunes on esteemed labels such as Defected Records, Do Not Sleep, and Moulton Music. He has a sound inextricably linked to Chicago and a mission to build a deeper and broader global community rooted in the love of soulful, authentic house.
A verified legend of the London scene, Seb Zito's career dates back to the mid-nineties. His sound touches everything from garage to tech house, bassline to deep and soulful, all without a trace of pretension. A raver at heart, he forms deep connections with every dancefloor he blesses, from his residency at London's FUSE to the hallowed speaker stacks of Amnesia Ibiza and the marathon nights of Miami's Space.
German-born, Spanish-based elrow resident, Tini Gessler had a massive 2022. Besides storming the globe with the wildest party on the planet, she's dropped spicy percussion-laden groovers across revered labels like Solardo's Sola, Toolroom, and Rawthentic. She started 2023 with a bang by debuting on Drumcode with "Nothing Expected." Tini always brings the heat to the decks.