New York Post: Googamooga

We're starting the week of with a New York Post from our friend and guest blogger Natalie Sawyer, an avid concert goer of New York City. For two years she has been encouraging me to attend The Great GoogaMooga and unfortunately I cannot go, yet again. But as the event is so popular for many reasons, we felt the need to share the event in case any of you Boston gals are lucky enough to make attendee list next weekend. So without further adieu, here's Natalie's expert advice...

The Straight Facts:
When: May 17, 18 & 19
Where: Prospect Park, Brooklyn

The Bands:  
Friday-Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Flaming Lips and The Darkness

Saturday- Matt & Kim, Jovanotti, Father John Misty, Sharon Van Etten and Lee Fields & The Expressions

Sunday- Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings, De La Soul, Cults, The Soul Rebels and Delicate Steve 

As you can see, the first day has an amazing, not to be missed, lineup with the The Darkness, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Flaming LipsSaturday and Sunday are equally as great with some lesser known bands. Side note - I saw Father John Misty in Brooklyn last fall, see pictures below, and he is AMAZING live. He's soulful and a real QT, I highly recommend seeing him. I'm specifically going Saturday to do so. 

Extra Activities: 
While you wait to catch these acts, you can explore all the food and drink vendors. There are a ton of different and delicious options from Big Gay Ice Cream, Melt Bakery to Roberta's Pizza (recently featured on Girls if you want to relive Marnie and Charlie's date on the finale of Season 2.) Food and drink are broken up by type with areas devoted to pizza, hamburgers and pig (called Hamageddon). There are also areas beer and wine spots as well along with tastings of each. If Hamageddon or beer tasting hasn't gotten you excited, there is an area called Cafe GoogaMooga devoted to creating a food literature festival within the festival. It will have a coffeehouse style vibe with readings, round tables, interviews and book signings. 

And a closing word of encouragement:
I went last year for the GoogaMooga's first year and it was great. The weather was perfect and it was very well done with unique displays and setup. Although it opens at 11am on the weekend days, there is no real rush unless you want to beat the lines for food. The website advises bringing water and I would agree-it got very hot last year with few shady areas to get away from the heat. It will also save you a few bucks on water at the venue. Make sure you dress not only for weather but for hipster coolness as well, remember you ARE in Brooklyn. Lastly, make sure you bring some SPF or tanning oil, whichever your skin needs, to prevent a burn or build a tan.  

Last year the event was clearly still working out some kinks with crowd control and cell service but the website says they have fixed these things from last year, adding more vendors, entrance locations and temporary cell towers. Check out the website for more info on tickets and the event along with some pictures from last year. Hope to see you there and have fun!