Over the weekend of September 7th, 2019 Afterlife descended upon the Brooklyn Mirage and The Great Hall @ Avant Gardner with some of the biggest names that the label and techno have to offer one of the most highly sought after events in NYC over the summer. From the moment of entry into the Brooklyn Mirage, the emotionally evocative nature of the event was tangible with the deep melodic cuts from the likes of RETURN, Dennis Horvath, MATHAME, and MANO LE TOUGH starting off the night. Above the booth suspended mid-air was the well known Afterlife logo of an upside-down, falling human constructed of a see through wicker-like material complemented by the expert visuals from renowned visual artist Plusyes.
While the Brooklyn Mirage got a taste of the soaring melodic tunes, heading towards The Great Hall offered a darker and harder take on things. Those who managed to reach the venue earlier were graced by phenomenal sets from ETAPP KYLE and COURTESY, starting the heavy tone of the stage off with dexterity, weaving in and out of more obscure tech tracks, old school trance tracks mixed with breaks and other unexpected treats. Rounding out the end of the night FJAAK, CHRIS LIEBING, and BEN KLOCK all brought the heat expected from the German techno scene. Complimenting each of their performances were jaw dropping visuals by Tirador, using old-media mixed with modern day techniques which truly elevated the atmosphere in the room.
Back outside, attendees reveled at the tracks that Âme deftly weaved in and out, setting the proper tone for an extended set from Afterlife head honchos Tale of Us. While billed to play from 02:30 - 05:30, the duo treated those that were able to stick around for it for an extended set, ending off with a back-to-back set with Âme as the sun rose across the Brooklyn skies, ending off one of the most memorable nights that The Brooklyn Mirage and Avant Gardner goers have experienced this year.