Bungawiz Music and Arts Festival- Laurens, NY

Bungawiz music festival took place from July 28-30 this year. This is the 2nd year for Bungawiz. Curated by Blckliight Productions and FUSE EDM.  Edgewood mountain served as the backdrop for this festival. Acts ranged from dance music, to rock, to psychedelic trance, to hip hop. Headliners for this year’s festival included Jaenga, Pyrotechnik, Nate Mannix, Ryan Bronson and Red Squad.

Jaenga and Storm during their B2B set Saturday night

At least two more festivals are in the works for this venue to round out the summer; Electric Groove, taking place August 25-27, and Pandemonium Music Festival set for Labor Day weekend. Edgewood mountain is in the small town of Laurens, NY. About 180 miles north of NYC, and 83 miles west of Albany. Edgewood hosts other festivals throughout the year. Their largest event is a harvest fest in October, which will run for its 20th year in 2017.

BungaWiz’s mission, according to organizers, is its dedication to local business and industries. Their philosophy is that “the world is built on communities, and the cornerstone of positive and vibrant change begins right at home. The homegrown philosophy supports New York companies, workers, residents, and non-profits coming together to make this festival a place of pure bliss for visitors from all around the world.”

Many performing artists are local to the area or have graduated from SUNY Oneonta, the nearest metro area, and college. As such, there was truly something for everyone at Bungawiz. An attendee could see a metal band, DJ, and rap artist in a matter of hours. Not to mention the music went all day and all night, only stopping for a few hours of sleep for the staff and guests. Everyone in attendance was up and ready when the stages opened for the day, and good size crowds stayed until the very end.

Some of the other activities to enjoy at Bungawiz included Slip N’ Flip, laser tag, a paint workshop, body painting, glow volleyball, kickball, dodgeball, glow horseshoes, DIY hippie truck decals, morning yoga sessions, and a scavenger hunt. Extraordinary Arts LLC, the NY troupe, provided tantalizing entertainment at mainstage and walking the grounds.

Most festival goers arrived on Friday afternoon. This is a camping festival, with plenty of space to set up, and lots of areas for group camping. There are limited shaded areas, however, so someone on their way to Edgewood later this summer should remember to bring a canopy or beach umbrellas.

You’ll encounter a few small hills as you move through the grounds, so sturdy shoes are a must. There were plenty of portable bathrooms around the grounds, but there were no showers. The best way to ensure you have all the comforts of home here is to bring your own TP, and by the same token, a camp shower. This is a “leave no trace” festival. Although garbage cans are placed around the venue, attendees are encouraged to carry out their garbage from the weekend.

There was much to discover through Bungawiz. Each stage setup had its own theming and special location. A stage hidden in the woods included hammocks and a fire pit for relaxation. Of course, the mainstage had lots of space to dance, and vendors on all sides. Food options included lemonade, burritos, quesadillas, grilled cheese, and a full bar. In contrast, the bar stage was inside a small clubhouse. A roaring campfire right outside the bar guaranteed a place to chill and make lots of connections. After dancing for hours, the bar stage is an excellent place to wind down.

Ultimately, everyone at Bungawiz knew they were going to have a great weekend. The attendees that live in the area hold this festival close to their heart. Above all, the volunteer staff worked incredibly hard all weekend to make sure everyone was safe and having fun. This festival is a good option for someone who has maybe not been to larger camping festivals and wants a taste. It’s also an option for someone who likes the atmosphere of a grassroots festival with a smaller crowd. See you next year, and as the fest goers say, it’ll be “Bunga-LIT”

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