GoogaMooga 2013

Last year, Brooklyn welcomed the inaugural edition of Great GoogaMooga, a food and music festival run by the folks behind Bonnaroo (Superfly) in a large and beautiful space (Prospect Park) that ruled on paper but never quite lived up to its name. (The “Great” part, that is; jury’s out on how GoogaMooga it all was.) It was very Brooklyn in its irony, at least, in that it was the food festival that didn’t have enough food: No real vegetarian options, interminably long lines at food stands that ran out of food too quickly, and a $250 VIP experience with a similarly dire dearth of food products but plenty of watching Aziz, James Murphy, and David Chang eat. It was a tough hang! I roamed the fields and left starving.

In fairness to the festival: Aside from the $250 portion, it was free to enter and watch the many bands on the multiple stages; inside the $250 portion, the Marc Maron and Anthony Bourdain portions were extremely entertaining; and most importantly, GoogaMooga recognized their mistakes, refunded everyone’s VIP tickets, and promised a better experience this year. Now we find out if Brooklyn feels like forgiving. At Prospect Park on May 17-19, GoogaMooga returns, up to three days from two, with a solid lineup of bands — featuring Yeah Yeah Yeahs (with a new album and a great SXSW showing), The Flaming Lips, Matt & Kim, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, The Darkness, Jovanotti, Father John Misty and De La Soul — and course corrections on all the things that went wrong last year. More veg. More value. And, from what I can tell, equal amounts of free (Saturday and Sunday). Friday will cost $50, though, and that’s when YYYs, the Lips, and the Darkness are on. Tix will be available on 3/28 at brooklyn.googamooba.com, where you will also be able to RSVP for the free days. Were you there, will you go back? The Superfly folks are smart, and run a special thing down in Tennessee. Odds are they do this right. WE’LL SEE.

Full music and restaurant lineup is below:

MUSIC
Friday, May 17, 2013
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Flaming Lips
The Darkness

Saturday, May 18, 2013
Matt & Kim
Jovanotti
Father John Misty
Sharon Van Etten
Lee Fields & the Expressions
Red Baraat
Pearl and The Beard
Jonathan Batiste
Lady Rizo
Banda de los Muertos

Sunday, May 19, 2013
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
De La Soul
Cults
The Soul Rebels
Delicate Steve
M.A.K.U SoundSystem *
The Hot Sardines *
Marcelle Davies Lashley *

FOOD
All Found in General Admission: May 17-19, 2013

Back Forty*
Baked
BaconLand
Baohaus
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese*
The Big Banana
Big Gay Ice Cream
Blue Marble Ice Cream*
Bromberg Bros. Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken
Brindle Room
Brooklyn Soda Works
Burger Joint
Calexico
Caracas Rockaway*
Char No. 4
Colicchio & Sons
Craftbar*
Crawfish Monica®
Crif Dogs
DBGB Kitchen and Bar
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
Dirty Bird To Go
Do or Dine
Dough*
DuMont Burger & Shakes
Eataly*
Fatty Cue*
Free Bread
Gwynnett St.*
Hill Country Barbeque Market
James
Jeepney*
Jeffrey’s Grocery*
Joe
Joe’s Pub *
Joseph Leonard
Juice Press
Kasadela
La Newyorkina
Landhaus
Liddabit Sweets
Little Muenster
The Lobster Place
Luke’s Lobster
M. Wells
Maison Premiere*
Max Brenner Chocolate Bar*
Melt Bakery
Mile End
Mille-Feuille Bakery Cafe
Miss Lily’s*
Momofuku Milk Bar
Mother-in-Law Kimchi
Motorino*
Nom Wah Tea Parlor*
Northern Spy Food Co.*
Num Pang Sandwich Shop
Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors*
People’s Pops
Pig & Khao*
PizzaMoto*
Pok Pok Phat Thai*
Porchetta
Pork Slope*
Prospect*
Red Hook El Olomega Pupusas
Red Hook Lobster Pound*
Rippers*
Roberta’s Pizza
Robicelli’s*
Rosemary’s Enoteca and Trattoria*
Salvation Taco*
Saxelby Cheesemongers
Seersucker
SlantShack Jerky*
South Brooklyn Pizza
Sun In Bloom*
The Meat Hook
The Meatball Shop*
Third Rail Coffee
Tia Pol
Toro (Boston)*
Umami Burger*
Vinegar Hill House
Willow Road*
Wooly’s Ice

* Signifies New to GoogaMooga’s General Admission.

Comments (3)
  1. …and the award for greatest festival name ever goes too…

  2. Showtime for Friday says 4pm to 10pm … any idea when Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Flaming Lips will actually go on stage? Who’s up first? Thanks!

  3. Last year’s Googa Mooga was a total cluster fuck on a never before seen level, but I do love the Burger Joint.

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