After a second consecutive year that was more shitshow than good vibes all around, people were wondering whether the Great GoogaMooga would show up in Prospect Park again next summer. And now we have our answer: nope. The answer comes courtesy of A Walk In The Park’s Geoffrey Croft, who attended a City Council hearing on the future of private events at public parks in the city, where a Parks Department official shared the news that Superfly was looking to hold the food fest in another location. (more…)
Oh, won’t you take us with you? (via flickr user wallyg)
The Great GoogaMooga round 2 is VERY NEARLY UPON US, and though many of us were cruelly turned away from free tickets to the festivities, there are still plenty of you out there preparing to hit Prospect Park this weekend. With that in mind, we’ve wrangled some much-needed tips from the organizers to help get things moving swiftly this year, since last year GoogaMooga-ers were subject to a few foodfest-related debacles (LONG WAITS FOR BEER WHY GOD WHY). Here are some things to keep in mind: (more…)
You’ll still probably wait on this line forever. (via flickr user WarmSleepy)
If you’re like me, you were subject to the the sharp, bitter sting of rejection today when an email popped into your inbox informing you that, no, after nine days of post-registration waiting, angst and anxiety, you have NOT been selected to receive free tickets to next month’s Great GoogaMooga event. Don’t cry though: if you become a member of the Prospect Park Alliance, they’ll give you two free tickets on either May 18th or 19th. Now you won’t have to spend the weekend hoping the organizers haven’t actually worked out all the kinks that turned last year’s Mooga into a big ol’ mess, or that your ticket-holding friends find themselves trapped get swallowed by a freak Prospect Park sinkhole. Nor will you have to pay for a $55 ticket to Friday’s show or volunteer to get in on Saturday or Sunday. (more…)
Will the hungry crowds be sated this year? Festival organizers hope so. Photo by Rachel DeLetto
Like we mentioned yesterday in the news that the Great GoogaMooga is returning to Prospect Park this summer, last year’s festival had a few logistical mishaps. Long food lines, a really, really expensive VIP area where even the celebrities brought to hang out with you were openly contemptuous skeptical of the price of admission and vegans being placed in special ejection seats if they asked for quinoa were only a few of the complaints that people had.
But, New Yorkers are always willing to give people second chances: don’t forget that Rudy Giuliani lost his first mayoral campaign. Uh, bad analogy maybe. Anyway, the organizers have promised that they learned from last year’s mishaps, so let’s take a look at some of the ImproovaMoovements on the horizon. (more…)
Prospect Park got its first taste of the major festival experience last summer with The Great GoogaMooga. And while it was maybe a little bit of a shitshow, that’s no reason to not give it another try. So GoogaMooga is back this year, and they’ve made some changes. The festival will be three days (May 17-19) instead of two, it’ll have a larger general admission area and more places to buy the food and beers that the festival is all about. The Friday show will cost $50 and will feature the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Flaming Lips; the free shows Saturday and Sunday will feature Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Matt & Kim, De La Soul, Cults and Sharon Van Etten and 85 NYC restaurants.
Here’s the press release with all the details: (more…)
Happier vibes prevailed on Sunday. Photo by Rachel DeLetto
In case you’ve been living under a Twitter-less rock all weekend and missed the complaints about the first Great GoogaMooga festival held in Prospect Park this weekend, here is the summary: The lines! There were lines, oh-so-many lines, lines that seemed to go on for ever and end in a kafkaesque slap when you got to the front only to find out the person in front of you got the last fried chicken bahn mi; and lines for beer, no, wait, lines just to get tickets to the beer tent, where more lines awaited, and if you wanted to put some food on top of that beer so you didn’t pass out, a Byzantine maze of lines stood between you and a tiny bite of porchetta sandwich.
By Sunday things seemed to be running more smoothly; the vibe of most everyone we talked to was relaxed, either because people knew what to expect or because they had lowered their expectations. Certainly the decision to ditch the absurdly complicated ticketing system for the beer and wine tents helped (buzzed people = happy people). So what did you think? A good outing for the first of what will likely become an annual free tradition, or something desperately in need of improvement? Here’s our breakdown below: (more…)
Rockin out some sweet air guitar at the Unchained show. Photos by Timothy Krause.
This picture about sums up our weekend. It was a long, hot, hungry time, but mostly a fun one. Here are a few of our favorite shots from day 1: check the rest in this Flickr set. And yeah, they let us in to the Extra Mooga side so we could report back on what the fancy people were doing there (including Donald Glover!) More on the wins and losses of the first Great Googamooga festival coming soon. (more…)
It’s finally GoogaMooga weekend! At last we’ll have a verdict on whether this two-day thing in Prospect Park is going to be a massively annoying shit show or a totally epic party that will become an eagerly anticipated annual Brooklyn tradition. Whether you’re in Gawker’s profanely cynical camp or have FiPS masturbatory-level enthusiasm, either way we’re sure you have loads of questions. Well friends, we’ve got answers to help you go forth and Goog with ease. (more…)
In case you’ve had enough of the buzz machine for this thing yet, the organizers of the Great GoogaMooga are driving around today to recapture your attention: Keep your eyes on the road and be prepared to Instagram a pic of this bad boy today. The retro pink, purple and yellow Great GoogaMooga mobile, dubbed “El CaVino” (cause it’s an El Camino and there will be lots and lots of vino), will be prowling the streets of New York from 12pm to 7pm giving away prizes, including those $250 tickets to the fancy, paid-entry side of the festival. They issued clues as to where you can find it too. (more…)