Sign In
Vic Mensa © Noa Griffel/BFA/REX/Shutterstock
Vic Mensa © Noa Griffel/BFA/REX/Shutterstock
Save to wishlist

6 Artists You Need to See at New York City's Full Moon Festival

Picture of Ryan Kristobak
Music Editor
Updated: 10 July 2017
Sometimes the multi-day festival is a bit too much of an experience. No matter how well you try to conserve energy, keep hydrated, get a full night’s rest, and pace your substance consumption, by the time the third day rolls around, you would rather watch Netflix all day than pack yourself into sweaty crowds like a sardine.

While some festivals give you the option of buying a single-day pass, it’s often difficult to pick which day’s lineup you are willing to skip. Thankfully, events like Full Moon Festival exist as a single-day experience, eliminating all such difficult decisions.

Labeling itself as a “boutique approach to the New York City music festival“—there will be two “beaches” on site—Full Moon brings the party to Governors Island on Saturday, July 8, with a lineup that is not to be missed. Here are the six acts Culture Trip is most excited to catch.


Whether you are planning to attend the opening mass meditation or just want to secure a prime spot at the main stage, the day’s opening performers, Selvagem, are not ones to miss. The Brazilian duo, whose name means “wild” in Portuguese, will bring a hyped mix of disco, house, funk, and soul that will set the tone for the rest of the festival. See their edit of “Chitty Disco”, a certified banger, below as evidence.

Sadar Bahar

Sadar Bahar is the king of disco and soul that you probably didn’t know was king. The ideal follow-up to Selvagem, Bahar’s set will be nothing short of hit after hit. As seen in the video below, Bahar doesn’t mind keeping it cool and taking a few hits himself.

Awesome Tapes From Africa

The name is straightforward: fantastic music that originates from somewhere in Africa. If you are looking for a crash course on the different styles of music between West, North, East, and South Africa through several decades, be at the Solaar Stage at 4 p.m. sharp; the set only lasts an hour.

Jeremy Underground

There are few crate diggers as committed as Jeremy Underground; he’s been on the hunt for the rarest, authentic deep house records for as long as he’s been in love with the genre. And it’s exactly why this Parisian DJ sans-producer has risen to world acclaim: what you hear at a Jeremy Underground set you aren’t going to hear anywhere else.

Connan Mockasin

At some point during the day, you’re going to need to rest your legs. But if you aren’t trying to miss a minute of music, Connan Mockasin is your solution. The New Zealand artist’s brand of psych-pop bears the same time-and-space-removed, weirdo qualities that have brought success to acts like Mac DeMarco and Blood Orange.

Vic Mensa

From his time fronting Kids These Days to signing with Roc Nation, Vic Mensa has shown he can flow on top of just about any beat. Whether it’s the jingling house of “Down On My Luck,” the horn-bolstered banger “U Mad,” or the confessional stream of consciousness of “There’s A Lot Going On,” Mensa has managed to adapt without faltering. In the lead-up to the release of the Chicago MC’s debut album, Mensa has treated fans to another impressive, yet all-too-brief cut of tracks with The Manuscript.