Heading to NYC? You need to check out Verboten.
The leaves are changing, the bitches are ordering pumpkin spice lattes, and NYC is still hosting the dopest parties in the Northern Hemisphere. No surprise there. Unlike the seasons, some things don’t change. The month of October welcomes a wealth of dance music talent to NYC nightclub Verboten including Gorgon City, Klangkarussell, Classixx, Hercules & Love Affair, Gui Boatto, RÜFÜS DU SOL, and closes with a killer Halloween line up of Lee Burridge, Monkey Safari, Christian Löffler, and Bedouin. The month opened with the Night Bass Tour, which featured the talents of AC Slater, Jack Beats, Hannah Wants and Kry Wolf. And just in case you aren’t feeling the most FOMO ever just yet, Beatport has stated that Verboten is one of the hardest hitting sound systems in the world. That’s dirty talk if you ask me.
Although some of the month’s parties have already passed- like the Night Bass show, Hercules & Love Affair, and Claptone, the up-and-coming events at Verboten don’t show any sign of letting up. But that’s to be expected. Founded by John Perez and Jen Schiffer, Verboten has been and remains the leader in the New York underground dance music scene. They are consistently booking, producing and promoting house music and techno parties at many different clubs, boats, festivals and music conferences in New York. Verboten opened its eponymous new nightclub in 2014 in the heart of Williamsburg and is has been hosting must-attend parties ever since.
If this October line up is any indication of what Verboten has hosted in the past and what they are going to host in the future I’ll be making a trip to NYC sooner rather than later.
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The Zeitgeist show on Thursday, October 16 looks phenomenal with Gorgon City, Henry Krinkle, and Lazaro Casanova all on the bill. If you missed Gorgon City when they played at The Hoxton earlier in the year I am truly sorry. These English brothers just released a stellar debut album, Sirens and have taken the dance music world by storm ever since their track Ready For Your Love made it to the number 2 spot on the UK dance music charts. This would definitely be a show I’d love to see especially since Henry Krinkle is opening. His future house, post-dubstep inspired music leads to some great and unexpected sets.
Check out Gorgon City’s album sampler below and Henry Krinkle’s hit Stay:
I’d also be very tempted to fly down to check out Dusky (extended set!!!!!!) alongside Tom Trago and whiteowljaguar on October 24th. While my bank account may not allow for such adventures just yet, the idea of Dusky playing an extended set, on a fantastic sound system and hearing their organic take on techno and house music would be an absolute treat.
With parties and festivals especially rapidly gaining popularity it isn’t surprising to see NYC keeping up with the status quo. Although Toronto will see most of these artists make a stop in our fair city sometimes, it’s better to just switch it up. And I’ve always loved swapping the CN Tower for the Empire State Building and street meat for some NYC za.