The highlight of everyones summer season hands down was LEE BURRIDGE's unparalleled All Day I Dream event series- trotting the globe by bringing that unexplainable ADID magic to cities like London, Detroit, Barcelona, Dubai and San Francisco.
As we begin to say farewell to those blissful, warm rays of the summer sun and embrace the upcoming fall New York City weather, we have to make sure to close out the summer season properly- and thanks to Lee Burridge, Öona Dahl and LOST DESERT & Junior, we did.
It was a super surreal feeling to be back at a titan of a venue like Mirage for All Day I Dream, having previously attend the All Day I Dream Of Summer Haze segment also held there. I remember leaving after Summer Haze and thinking to myself, "was that even real?", but going back for the season closer just reaffirmed that this mystical utopia is in fact oh so real. The Mirage was dressed in classic ADID fashion- colorful lanterns, flowers, purple mood lighting, lil' buddha statues chillin' and breezy canopy tops to name just a few of the aesthetically pleasing features of the all-day/night soirée.
However, there was something about this particular ADID that felt more like a season closer as opposed to previous shows, which is hard to do considering most ADID shows follow a particular vibe and aesthetic. The crowd was dressed to the nines in more extravagant getups like headdresses and kimonos, and of course, glitter as far as the eye can see- serving as the perfect remedy for those still in a post-Burning Man funk. Bodies swaying, eyes closing and heads rolling- the Mirage transformed into the ultimate adult playground, and there wasn't a single person there that didn't feel as though they were transported into an alternate universe for just one day. A universe filled with love, acceptance, free-spirits, silliness, beauty, family, peace and a love for otherworldly music- where everything just sparkles.
Speaking of otherworldly music, I went into this ADID closer knowing only a little bit about the other two acts of the night that were to curate the evening alongside ADID chief and virtuoso Lee Burridge. But man, did they close out the season with a bang. Blue-haired fairy Öona Dahl proved once again that she plays an integral role in the ADID brand with her transfixing, goose-bump inducing beats But truthfully, the one who really stole the show was Lost Desert, joined by vocalist Junior who sang some of ADID's finest selects, such as Lee's very own "Lingala". I honestly can't even recall what other tracks specifically were played because I just remember standing there feeling completely immersed in that exact moment- being taken on a journey from start to finish. Not to mention Junior singing live, adding a unique and raw touch to the overall ADID experience- making Lost Desert's set as remarkable as it was.
Weaving my way in-and-out of the nooks and crannies of the Mirage, I found myself lounging on a pool chair on one of the top floor of the castle oasis just as the sun began to set. Felt almost as though that sunset was perfectly timed, as Lee was gearing up on the main floor to serve a master class on breezy, dreamy beats to the people of Brooklyn. While the sky turned a navy blue as a plethora of multi-colored lights cast their glow onto the beige castle stone walls, Lee kept hitting us with some hard-hitters that shook the core of Mirage and left us craving some more of those timeless ADID tunes- but nonetheless, gave us NYC dreamers just enough to last until next summer, solidifying a beautiful end to ADID's time at the Brooklyn Mirage.
Big shouts to the ADID team for taking us NYC peeps on a journey this summer season and for showing us that magic, in fact, is really real and for having us come together like a family.