5 Things We Loved About Dirtybird BBQ Brooklyn
That's officially a wrap on this year's Dirtybird BBQ tour. Ending with a bang at Brooklyn Mirage on Sunday, June 16, the Dirtybird gang ended its beloved string of shows at Brooklyn's premier open-air venue at a nearly sold-out show.
With so many awesome moments and fun ways to party, we put together a list of our 5 favorite things about Dirtybird BBQ Brooklyn.
If you missed your chance to catch the Dirtybird players, fear not — get your rave on at Birdhouse Festival and Campout West Coast.
1. The Music
Since 2005, Dirtybird has been pulling in loyal fans from all crevices of the world with its distinct taste of house and techno music and its extensive roster of artists. Steve Darko and Codes opened up the Brooklyn show with a b2b set followed by Joeski and J. Phlip. The earlier sets served as a chill warm-up, with the DJs mixing steady beats to bop to as people gradually showed up, explored the venue, played games and grabbed food and drinks.
By 6pm, Will Clark started heating things up with a comparatively harder set and an exponentially-packed crowd that was ready to party to tech-funk tunes. Gene Farris, Justin Martin and Claude Vonstroke followed with performances that mirrored the continuously building energy from the audiences, now at a full-house capacity. For anyone that entered Dirtybird BBQ unknowingly, the music and sheer party ambience most definitely converted them to a Dirtybird fan.
2. The Food
Brooklyn Mirage offers a neat selection of food options during its regular shows including pizza, tacos and boozy milkshakes; but, Dirtybird BBQ most definitely isn't a Dirtybird BBQ without some barbecue. The tour brought their A game with a mouthwatering menu consisting of sandwiches like Beef Torta and Cuban Pigwich to meat entrees like Baby Back Ribs, Sosig, Swordfish Kabobs, and classic BBQ sides like Potato Salad and Jalapeno & Cilantro Slaw.
3. The Crowd
All the odds were against the Dirtybird BBQ Brooklyn show; it was a Sunday and the weather forecast was forebodingly cloudy, but that didn't stop the the Dirtybird fam from coming out. Already decently packed early in the day, with festivities starting at 2pm, the crowd increasingly shuffled in hour by hour. By late afternoon, the clouds transformed into rain, drenching everybody in the process. Some came prepared with their own rain jackets, others grabbed emergency ponchos from the bars, and then there were those that didn't give a fuck and let themselves get completed soaked; either way, the party went on. From long-time Dirtybird fans to first-timers, everyone came together and rallied well into the night.
4. The Looks
Everyone brought their 300% for Dirtybird — ready to serve full looks. We saw classic Dirtybird attire like campout gear, summer-ready floral shirts, colorful fans and all of the merch. Then, there were the standout outfits that stopped us in our tracks and made us wish we thought of wearing that. Here are our some of our favorites:
5. The Surprise b2b
While BBQ Brooklyn's lineup was stacked to say the least, we felt the hole left by the lack of Dirtybird favorite Walker & Royce on the roster. However, our voices were not left unheard and Gavin Royce came onstage during Justin Martin's set for a surprise b2b performance, playing an abundance of unreleased tracks that had the crowd going crazy and ultimately, the perfect way to pregame the head honcho himself, Claude Vonstroke who closed out a beautiful BBQ night until 12am.
Happy BBQ from us at iEDM and we hope everyone had an amazing time at Dirtybird BBQ — wherever your show stop was.
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Photo Credit (center): @bill_bevevino