‘We want to unite all party animals under one roof’
By Scott Enman
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Come Feb. 25, Brooklynites will have a new reason to venture to the Prospect-Lefferts Gardens side of Prospect Park as a new three-floor, 44,000-square-foot pop-up space, dubbed The Sonic Jungle, will be coming to the neighborhood.
The curators behind The Sonic Jungle will be converting an empty building or “raw concrete canvas” at 510 Flatbush Ave. into a “cultural oasis” that will play host to a series of events this winter and spring.
“It’s an inspirational space where people can create and collaborate for the common cause of making positive change," said Founder of The Sonic Jungle Andrew Goldin. "For us, the goal is to create a home, a community, a family and to fuel this fight that we need to have to save the environment.”
The adult playground will feature DJs, live performances, art, technology, wellness activities, infrared saunas, healing lounges, educational workshops, LED and eco-art installations, herbal apothecary, aromatherapy, film screenings and retro gaming areas.
“We are all young creatives living and working in the city looking for the same things, authentic connection, exploration and of course, good music,” said Angela del Sol, founder of Solare, a new agency working with the Sonic Jungle. “Here at the Sonic Jungle we want to create an experience where people are given alternatives. We want to create a positive environment in the city that allows for you to watch the sunrise to your favorite DJs without shredding your body, as wellness is at the core of The Sonic Jungle.
“We were deeply inspired by all the pet peeves you have when you go out: crowded dance floors, deafening volume where we cannot hear each other, long lines, mean bouncers, the list goes on. We want The Sonic Jungle to be the antithesis of all of those things I aforementioned. We want to unite all party animals under one roof and do so with the mission of shifting the focus into how our micro actions can help us tackle macro issues, like climate change.”
The space will feature four different rooms: The World Stage, which will feature global performers; the Whiskey Lounge for live music; the Retro Room for “time travel”; and the Future, a room outfitted with Funktion One Sound that will play house and techno music.
The winter events are slated for Feb. 25 and March 11 and the spring date will be April 15.
"There's a lot of uncertainty about the future in most people's mind" del Sol told the Brooklyn Eagle. “Everyone is wobbling, and trying to find a center because the state of the world is asking of us to be our best selves, yet there's a side of us that doesn't want to become too serious and just dance. We are excited to bring together the most innovative and creative thinkers in one space to celebrate and collaborate, here, now."
DJs on the bill for the first event include Navid Izadi of Wolf and Lamb, Sabo, Clarian and a group of DJs from Red Light Amsterdam, one of the oldest and most renowned radio stations in Amsterdam.
The 510 Flatbush Ave. location, however, is only a temporary space. After The Sonic Jungle’s three pop-up events, the building will be converted into an organic grocery store and a residential building.
For more than a year, the team behind The Sonic Jungle has worked diligently with the city and the community to receive proper permits for their three events. Come 2018, however, The Sonic Jungle will be moving to a permanent space somewhere else in Brooklyn.
“In 2018, we’re not opening a club,” del Sol told the Eagle. “We’re opening a cultural center. We’re having an artist residency program. We want to give all the artists of New York a space where they can create and experiment with technology. So we’re going to have 3D printing rooms, VR augmented reality and vertical farming at the permanent space. The housing crisis has priced out many creatives, and with The Sonic Jungle we aim to jump start a cultural and social renaissance."
“Also, obviously there's the nightlife aspect of it. We want to have the space where we can have parties that we’re used to but with a different spin because New York City has enough parties. We love Output, we love KinkFolk and we love all of the clubs and parties that are out there. We love to go out, we love all to experience new things, but we’re also tired of the same format of the same parties: Without any intention, without any soul. We’re trying to bring a purpose out of party. We still want to have fun and connect with each other, but we want to do it in a way that nourishes our bodies and minds. We believe we can bridge that gap.”
For more information and to buy tickets for the Feb. 25 event, visit, www.facebook.com/events/1241100112641243/.