This past weekend one of the world’s biggest electronic music brands, Germany’s Time Warp, returned to the United States after a four-year hiatus.
The anticipation was worth the wait for the several thousand North American electronic music fans who poured into The Bronx in New York City for the two-night festivities organized in liaison with local promoter Teksupport. In the 25 years since Time Warp was founded in Mannheim, Germany—where it celebrated its quarter-century birthday earlier in the year—the festival has consistently set a golden standard for immersive stage production and an equally mind-blowing lineup. Throughout the years the festival has hosted the who’s who of techno, house, tech house and minimal, from heavyweight names that have shaped the history of underground electronic music across several decades, to up-and-comers and future leaders of their respective sounds.
For this year’s U.S.A. edition, Time Warp called on the skills of Mannheim longtimers as well as a few exciting new additions to the Time Warp family. Unsurprisingly, the most talked-about artist ahead of this edition of Time Warp was the exact same one for the brand’s debut in North America five years ago: the enigmatic Ricardo Villalobos. The Chilean born minimal star has avoided the North American scene throughout most of his career, making exceptions only a handful of time with two of these now as a guest of Time Warp. Paying homage to Time Warp’s long history, the festival hosted two other names that were present for their debut edition in 1995: Sven Väth and Richie Hawtin.
Joining them throughout the weekend were cross-over acts Maceo Plex, Peggy Gou, Nina Kraviz, Palm Trax, and Dennis Sulta, Afterlife duo Mind Against, Exhale boss Amelie Lens, and other celebrated names such as Joseph Capriati, Pan-Pot, Loco Dice, FUSE co-founder Enzo Siragusa, Reinier Zonneveld, and local stars Avision and Mīnk.
Time Warp’s contemporary production was there for all to see in its full glory, its smoke-and-mirrors effect complete with OKTAform visuals the perfect juxtaposition to the banging sound system and the warehouse setting of the Bronx Expo Center.
Check out this impressive gallery that perfectly captured the two Time Warp USA 2019 nights, photographed by Off Brand Project.