To be quite honest, I don’t really want to write this recap. And it’s not because day eight of Together was any less amazing than the past seven (spoiler alert: it was actually one of the best days); it’s because with this recap marks the official end of the 2016 Together festivities. All melancholy feelings aside though, day eight was an amazing end to an amazing week celebrating music, technology and art in Boston.
Whether you’ve been indulging in some of Together’s Jagermeister cocktails all week or staying sober, most Together attendees were a little worse for wear by the last day. Thankfully, Lord Hobo came to the rescue and hosted the official Together closing brunch. Because what cures a hangover like decadent waffles paired with local house DJs?
At Together, we firmly that every retweet counts when it comes to spreading awareness about awesome events. However, that doesn’t mean we want big name corporations and the government tracking our every move online. Thankfully, the Danger!Awesome crew taught us how to scale back our digital footprint at their Cryptoparty event.
Less than 12 hours after Jon Hopkins and Kink went in at The Middle East Downstairs, the venue opened its doors to a pint sized audience looking to boogie at the STEAM Family Disco. STEAM promotes science, technology, engineering, art, and math opportunities for children, engaging them through unique learning experiences. And the Together team can’t think of a better way to ensure the longevity of our festival than by encouraging future generations to explore everything that art and technology have to offer.
While families were getting down on the dancefloor at the STEAM disco, the young and the young at heart alike could be found playing with synths, MIDI controllers, and other various DJ tools at the Mmmmaven Recharge Lounge’s Synthesizer Petting Zoo. Cows, ponies, and sheep were replaced by the Moog Voyager RME, Novation Bass Station II, and the Roland AIRA, just to name a few.
And to wrap up the entire Together Festival for 2016, Bicep and Ben UFO both threw down some seriously heavy sets at Middlesex Lounge. With both sets lasting for multiple hours, festival goers were able to really get into each mix and forget the nearing end of Together. You’d have been hard pressed to find one person in the crowd last night that wasn’t shuffling along to Bicep and Ben UFO. Both are known for their wide range of influences, spanning from Detroit techno to old school disco and early UK dubstep, making this lineup the perfect way to wrap up the fest and please attendees from all across the electronic music spectrum.
On that note, it’s time to say goodbye to the seventh installment of Together. Thanks to everyone who came out to the shows, events, and exhibits this week. Before you know it, we’ll be back and gearing up for Together 2017! In the meantime, feel free to share your favorite memories from this year by tagging your photos, tweets, and statuses with #tgthr7. We love to see how you enjoyed your week of music, art, and technology.