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MoMA PS1’s ambitious outdoor music series Warm Up has returned, presenting the best in live and electronic music every Saturday until the end of August 2019. This year’s programme is organised by a curatorial committee led by Taja Cheek, Assistant Curator, MoMA PS1, with Eliza Ryan, Naomi Zeichner of YouTube, Dean Bein of True Panther Records, Isabelia Herrera, Jonas Leon of On-Retainer Agency, and Matt Werth of RVNG Intl.


Known for its innovative and ambitious approach, Warm Up celebrates a wide range of artists across genres, both emerging and established, local and global. This year’s roster welcomes more than 75 artists, including Fuego, Sho Madjozi, The Marías, Kelly Lee Owens, Smino, Eris Drew, Martinez Brothers, Michael Brun, FLOORPLAN, and Mall Grab, as well as an opening day headlining set by collaborators Freddie Gibbs and Madlib, the first U.S. performance by Nigerian artist Santi, and a rare U.S. appearance by legendary BBC DJ Annie Mac.


Each year, Warm Up takes place within a site-specific installation by the winners of the Young Architects Program. This year’s winner, Hórama Rama by Mexico City-based architects Pedro & Juana, is a 40-foot-tall cyclorama featuring jungle imagery that sits atop the courtyard walls, providing a refuge amid the changing Long Island City skyline.


Now in its 22nd season, Warm Up is one of the longest running music programmes housed within a museum. As an integral part of MoMA PS1’s curatorial endeavour, Warm Up seeks to elevate innovative, underrepresented voices and connect fans with music’s most important artists. The event’s alumni include contemporary creators Solange, Black Dice, Cardi B, Jamie XX, Lizzo, Skepta, Thom Yorke, Four Tet, and A-Trak as well as DJs including Derrick May, DJ Premier, and Ritchie Hawtin.

This Saturday, 17 August, Chaos in the CBD, Pop Smoke, Cuco, Deem Spencer, MIKE, Tygapaw and Bembona will take to the stage from 12pm. Book tickets here.



Feature image: Still from KLINK by Smino

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