Spending a weekend in NYC is always a pleasure with such a budding electronic music scene across endless clubs, warehouses and underground venues. This weekend, we were in for a special treat with the Desert Hearts crew’s visit for a show with Teksupport.

The night started with a bit of a hiccup. The event was originally happening at the 99 Scott warehouse, but was changed last-minute due to a burst pipe. I haven’t been to 99 Scott yet, but Desert Hearts definitely recovered with the last-minute change. The new venue was an eclectic space that seemed to be an old community center or YMCA. We weren’t really sure, but it had quite a personality and we enjoyed exploring its many spaces. The giant ballroom was filled with lasers that framed the dancefloor and DJ booth, constantly moving and grooving with the beat. It reminded us heavily of the DH light shows we love, and had us reminiscing of years past at the festival.

The lineup this time around featured not only the original crew of Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs and Porky, but the talented Doc Martin as well. This turned out to be a stellar twist to an already-dope roster. Mikey and Doc played a 3-hour b2b – arguably one of the best sets I’ve seen from them both. They balanced each other’s sounds out incredibly well, and I was beyond content with seeing a different side of them both. The opening set from Lee b2b Porky and the dark techno vibes that hit the 3am window by Marbs didn’t disappoint either—par for course.

The crowd, the vibes, the tunes – the combination of all elements that were brought together for this night had us feeling like we were momentarily back at Los Coyotes on that dusty dancefloor at Desert Hearts. We left in the early hours of the morning, watching the sun rise and feeling ambitiously ready to return to Desert Hearts Festival in just a few months…

Until next time Desert Hearts – as always, what a pleasure.


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