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Snapped: Full Moon Festival, NYC

MATTE Projects' final summer event brings Black Coffee, Lolawolf, Moodyman and more

  • Sydney Megan Jow
  • 23 August 2016

Last weekend marked MATTE Project's yearly art-driven, colourful summer event, Full Moon Festival.

Known as the creative branders behind Helmut Lang, Google, Maison Kitsune, Rag & Bone and more, the MATTE agency leaves no ends loose when it comes to design and curation.

Held at Governor's Island, the two-day festival welcomed a unique line-up of artists from a variety of spectrums and a pure oasis environment that gave New York City the full taste of summer. Fashion, art and music heads gathered to celebrate in unison, kicking through the venue's sand and exchanging in communal dance circles.

Day one brought Lolawolf, also known as Zoe Kravitz, and an ultra groovy and electric set from Moodymann. As the sun set and temperatures chilled, hip hop mainstay Pusha T took energy levels to a vicious high before Black Coffee serenaded the crowd with a spiritual house performance. Headliner SBTRKT brought fans into a menagerie of colours and vibes, sweeping the dance floor with switching melodies and synths.

Full Moon's second day continued the festival turned dance party with Marcus Marr and Kali Uchis. As the grounds filled up, Julio Bashmore went especially dark for his set while Santigold closed out the night with a full live band. Day two's massive highlight came when the headliner invited fans on stage to dance for her hit 'Creator'.

With another successful Full Moon under MATTE's belt, we'll be keen to see how the innovative curators top themselves next year.

[Photos: Luis Ruiz / Ray Spears / Sam Deitch / MATTE Projects]

Sydney is Mixmag's US Digital Content Editor. Follow her on Twitter here