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Camp It Up At Elements Music And Art Festival


Experience a music and arts festival hidden deep in the woods of Northeast Pennsylvania.

Elements Lakewood Music and Arts Festival takes place from Friday, May 24, through Monday, May 27, at the festival grounds, 2656 Upper Woods Road, Lakewood, Wayne County. In its third year, the weekend-long event will feature art installations and interactive stations, wellness workshops, activities and live performances throughout multiple stations and stages.

The event is the brainchild of BangOn!NYC co-founders and partners Brett Herman and Timothy Monkiewicz, who have produced events for over 10 years, including a one-day edition of the Elements festival in New York City. Herman said it was the next natural step to create a weekend retreat festival, and the two toured different sites not far from their homes in Brooklyn, New York.

Lakewood is a great central location for the Northeast, they said, but the producers also fell in love with the forests, lakes and mountains as well as the local community and its unwavering support.

“We love to make people smile,” Monkiewicz said. “We also love to give artists a platform to be creative in an amazing environment. We come from music, film and visual art backgrounds, and it’s wonderful to work with our friends building stages and art, and make new friends along the way.”

Five stages — including those named after elements: Fire, Earth, Air and Water — will host performers including Disclosure, Big Gigantic, Sofi Tukker, Seth Troxle and more across genres including electronic, dance, jam bands, DJs and house music.

The festival takes place at an actual lakeside summer camp, which is different from the standard open field or parking lot, Herman said. This gives Elements a “summer camp for adults” vibe complete with activities, sports and wellness programming, as well as music and art. Activities include traditional “camp” ones with a twist, including crafting, rock climbing, roller skating and SUP Yoga, which is yoga on paddle boards on the lake. Festivalgoers also can attend workshops on sustainability or sample healthy food or vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

Inspired by the beauty of NEPA landscapes, the stages and spaces are custom-built to reflect their surroundings. Thanks to festival art director Julianne Irene, Elements Lakewood will make for a visual feast, filled with vivid colors and thought-provoking art with hidden sections throughout the grounds. Guests can journey through the woods to find fire temples, secret shacks filled with art, places to explore and relax, and spaces for music and dancing.

“Together with the musical lineup, the setting, our wellness programming, the abundance of summer camp activities and art direction ... we’re confident you will not find anything out there like Elements,” Herman said.

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If you go

What: Elements Lakewood Music and Arts Festival

When: Friday, May 24, through Monday, May 27

Where: 2656 Upper Woods Road, Lakewood

Details: Single-day passes start at $109, and three-day general admission passes start at $269. Guests must be 18 or older to enter and 21 or older to drink. Guests must bring the credit card with which the ticket was bought as well as valid photo ID. To buy passes or find more information, visit elementsfest.us.

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