Benny Benassi, Laidback Luke, Fatboy Slim To Headline Pacha’s Dance Here Now Festival July 4 Weekend On NYC’s Governors Island


By Adam Stewart

No car this holiday weekend? So you’re stuck in the city and can’t find your way down the shore or out to the island. Fear not. Instead of wasting away the days frying on your co-op’s sweltering rooftop listening to a senior’s book club yap while you’re daydreaming of a better life, why not join the 25,000 others who’ll be dancing their cares away right in your backyard? There’s still time to grab tickets and join in on inaugural Dance Here Now Festival. Pacha Nightclubs presents the first of its kind event on NYC’s Governors Island this weekend, July 1-4, bringing together world class acts, top notch sound and one hell of a view.

“The four day open-air festival will be housed in the biggest outdoor arena in NYC history,” says Eddie Dean, president of Pacha Nightclubs. “It’s custom made and built for the occasion, with a sonic and visual onslaught by festival specialists AG Light & Sound”.

Construction on the massive arena is currently under way as over 200 crew members erect the structure which will house 15 world class headlining DJs, including Laidback Luke, Benny Benassi, Paul Van Dyk and Fatboy Slim, James Zabiela, Victor Calderone and The Japanese Pop Stars, as well as over 60 supporting acts spinning sets in the courtyard tents.

“From trance to glitch, big beat to electro-house, the roster features a huge span of styles and talents, all uniting under the blue skies of downtown NYC in a first-of-its-kind open-air festival in a historic venue,” Dean goes on to say, adding that the festival is truly catered to the fans.

“No more rushing from stage to stage to catch 30 minutes of your favorite act. We’re dedicating entire days and nights to individual talents and their hand-picked support staffs”

Governors Island has recently played house to an increasing number of music events. In the coming summer months, Pacha presents a number of A-list acts, including Avicii on July 17 and Swedish House Mafia’s Steve Angello on Aug. 20, in addition to their already impressive roster at their New York flagship club as well as a recent partnership with Joey Harrison’s Surf Club Sundays in Ortley, NJ.

Are you ready for Dance Here Now? Let us know if you’ll be catching the event in the comments below!

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