Red Bull Music Festival New York kicks off on May 3 and, today, the month long event series has added two new events–an evening with music director Hype Williams on May 10,as part of the Red Bull Music Director’s Series, discussing the iconic visuals that he’s created for some of the biggest tracks of the last three decades; and an after party for Red Bull Radio Live: Peak Time with Vivian Host. The afterparty, Peak Time Elsewhere, features a steady diet of left-of-center techno, electro, breakbeat rave and other provocative club music with Detroit’s driving force DJ Stingray, Berlin-based Errorsmith performing live in the U.S. for the first time in 15 years, and more. Tickets for both events, go on sale at 10am ET today via nyc.redbullmusicfestival.com.
“Hype” Williams first made his name as a music video director in the ’90s, with a flamboyant and daring style perfectly in sync with hip-hop in its commercial ascendancy. His landmark visuals for Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott, Puffy, Mase and Tupac indelibly pushed rap iconography to new levels of maximalism, while collaborations with the Notorious B.I.G., Craig Mack, Wu-Tang Clan, DMX and others remain testaments to the poetry of simplicity. Today, Williams endures as a creative benchmark and go-to for artists with a vision – be they Beyonce, Kanye West or Jack White. For this conversation, the Queens native will discuss the making of selected videos chosen from the hundreds he has helmed since 1991. It’s a rare chance to hear how the kid who wanted to be the “Basquiat of the streets” applied his Technicolor vision to the biggest names in rap and pop, defining the era’s sounds for the screen. The conversation will be moderated by acclaimed hip-hop journalist and ego trip co-conspirator Jeff “Chairman” Mao.
Peak Time is the daily new music show on Red Bull Radio with Vivian Host and, on May 20, Red Bull Music Festival New York will bring a live installment of the show to fans featuring conversations with DJ Stingray, Errorsmith & Volvox at Rose Gold. The just-announced afterparty down the street at Elsewhere will feature Peak Time guests ErrorsmithandDJ Stingray, plus sets from NYC-based DJ and nightlife disruptor Juliana Huxtable, NAAFI-affiliated producer Debit and Peak Time’s Host, who reflects on warehouse raves and the hardcore continuum under her Star Eyes alias.
The venue for Careful on the Pavement was also just announced. Taking place May 18 at The Cutting Room, the event features a group of young and ruthless rappers inspired by horror flicks and disrupting hip-hop including Bali Baby, Asian Doll, Rico Nasty, Lil Wop, Chicken, HANZ, DJ Kenn, Chynna, and Omar Doom as Straight Razor. Tickets are on sale now.
Taking place throughout May, the widely praised annual festival has become a New York City institution featuring performances by today’s most forward-looking musicians; tributes to legendary artists, scenes, and sounds; and conversations with impactful, innovative musicians. The shows will unfold throughout the boroughs at some of NYC’s most unique settings, from iconic institutions to uncharted spaces completely re-configured for the occasion. The 2018 installment will see events featuring Harry Belafonte, Robyn, Oneohtrix Point Never, Fever Ray; celebrations of Betty Davis, RAMMΣLLZΣΣ, and the past and future of Reggaeton; and much more.
In addition to the events, Red Bull Music Festival New York will tell original stories through editorial content on RedBullMusic.com. Red Bull Radio (www.redbullradio.com) will also feature a month of NYC-focused programming, including event live streams, special broadcasts from Red Bull Arts New York, and more.
RED BULL MUSIC FESTIVAL NEW YORK 2018
May 03: If This Knowledge Scares You, The Equation Is Working with Wiki in collaboration with Coati Mundi and visuals by Arvid Logan, Show Me The Body, Standing on the Corner, MIKE, Sporting Life, Mal Devisa, Tony Seltzer, 700 Bliss (Moor Mother + DJ Haram), Edan @ Pier 17
May 04: John Maus @ Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park at Coney Island
May 04: RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: Racing for Thunder @ Red Bull Arts New York
May 05: A Conversation with Harry Belafonte in partnership with Jill Newman Productions and moderated by Kimberly Drew @ The Main Theater at Hostos Community College
May 06: serpentwithfeet: both moons @ The Refectory at the High Line Hotel
May 08: Red Bull Radio Live: The Federation Sound with Max Glazer featuring an interview with Spice @ Friends and Lovers
May 09: Tristan Perich: Drift Multiply with Lesley Flanigan @ The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
May 10: A Conversation on Visual Music: Hype Williams, moderated by Jeff “Chairman” Mao @ AMC Empire 25
May 11: Dream Machine with Master Musicians of Jajouka – Bachir Attar and Mustapha Attar (Morocco), Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Oliver Coates (UK), Dave Harrington Group, Sophia Brous, Zeena Parkins, Greg Fox, Trevor Dunn & Special Guests @ Pioneer Works
May 12 & 13: Fever Ray with Nidia, Bunny Michael @ Brooklyn Hangar
May 16: Red Bull Radio Live: Bien Buena with Riobamba and Uproot Andy featuring interviews with DJ Nelson (The Noise), Isabelia Herrera (Remezcla), Wayne Marshall (Berklee College of Music), Marjua Estevez (Vibe) @ Nublu 151
May 18: Careful on the Pavement @ The Cutting Room with Bali Baby, Asian Doll, Rico Nasty, Lil Wop, Chicken, HANZ, DJ Kenn, Chynna, and Omar Doom as Straight Razor
May 19: Reggaeton: Hasta Abajo with The Noise live, Rosa Pistola, DJ Lobo, Riobamba @ La Marina
May 20: Red Bull Radio Live: Peak Time with Vivian Host featuring interviews with DJ Stingray, Errorsmith & Volvox @ Rose Gold
May 20: Peak Time Elsewhere with DJ Stingray, Errorsmith (Live), Juliana Huxtable, Star Eyes, Debit @ Elsewhere
May 21: A Conversation with Robyn, moderated by Kindness @ The Roy and Niuta Titus 1 Theater at The Museum of Modern Art
May 22 + 24: Oneohtrix Point Never: ‘MYRIAD’ @ Park Avenue Armory
May 23: ‘Betty Davis: They Say I’m Different’ NYC Film Premiere @ Billie Holiday Theatre
May 25: Brujas x Performance Space New York: Anti-Prom @ Performance Space New York