Ahead of its time: A glimpse into Mysteryland USA’s expansive culture and arts scene
With headliners like Odesza, Skrillex, Bassnectar, Tchami, Gesaffelstein, and scores more, it’s easy to get lost in Mysteryland USA’s staggering lineup. The-three day extravaganza, lauded for its quality bookings, has been active since 1993 – making it the longest-running electronic music festival in the world.
Unprecedented music offerings aside, Mysteryland USA also boasts a full range of culture and art happenings. From speakers and panels to expansive art installations, these events are often the unsung heroes of any festival experience. Dancing Astronaut’s guide will explore the highlights of the spectacle’s nuanced culture and art programming.
Throughout the weekend, a multitude of speakers curated and hosted by NPR personality Anya Kamenetz will convene to discuss creativity, sex, the mysteries of dreams, and festival culture. Additionally, awe-inspiring art installations designed by renowned artists like Burning Man standout Kate Raudenbush and Incendia’s 50’ fire dome will make coveted appearances at the 2016 edition of the festival.
Of course, New York will be well-represented with the likes of House Of Yes—Brooklyn’s premier circus—on hand for choreographed parades, spectacles, and variety shows. Meanwhile, event producer BangOn!NYC will bring the Brooklyn warehouse party vibes to Bethel Woods with a lineup of loft party heroes.
For those seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of festival life, Mysteryland USA’s Healing Garden will feature alchemical and meditational tonics to fortify the mind, body, and spirit throughout its duration. As always, the Healing Garden will be hosted by Sarah Schroder who has curated the offering at all Mysteryland events for more than a decade. Events like “Shamanic Trance Journey” and the “Harmonic Temple” are sure to rejuvenate festival attendees.
This year’s festival will also host a comedy stage led by SNL’s Kyle Mooney and friends. Fans of Good Neighbor Stuff sketch comedy, rejoice. The comedy stage will play host to Seaton Smith of Inside Amy Schumer fame.
2016 also marks the return of “The Boat” stage. Though the stage has made appearances at Mysteryland events across all three continents, The Boat showcases an incredible dragon-style design. As always, the stage will feature the festival’s more eclectic programming with hip-hop, future funk, bass and trap. On Sunday, June 12, The Boat will be hosted by Dancing Astronaut and will feature appearances by Hudson Mohawke, XXYYXX, Ty Dolla $ign, and more.
Regardless of which events you may choose to attend, Mysteryland USA’s third iteration is sure to contain innumerable mind-expanding, had-to-be-there moments.