This Left Feels Right – Decoding The Far Out Left Festival Locale
Spaces shrouded in green, waters dappled by sunlight, old structures heavy under the weight of history, and doors that look like they lead to fantasy worlds of old – sounds like a dream, right? Now imagine this in the midst of Bombay, just a few turns from one of the busiest streets in town!
Straight outta left field, SOCIAL is bringing their iconic antiSOCIAL vibe above ground, to a location brimming with the city’s history, via the Far Out Left Festival – which will be showcasing the best of techno and house music at the iconic New Great Eastern Mills in Byculla from November 10th-11th this year. While unable to escape the scourge of redevelopment that swept across Mumbai’s mills, this once-thriving cotton mill still holds on to vestiges of its former glory.
Meanwhile, most of Mumbai’s erstwhile ‘Manchester Of The East’ has been replaced with a skyline of glass and steel, which serve as a stark reminder to the memories of many long-time residents, who still remember a landscape that was once graced by decorative chimneys against a background call of mill sirens.
Cut to the present, Great Eastern Mills (which started in 1839) was robbed of its sentinel chimney over 2 years ago, and the calls of the sirens are long since silent, but while much of the old structure is gone (with the spinning rooms relinquished to history) – art has taken its place as the centerpiece of the restructuring, with the beautiful Nine Fish Gallery, Great Eastern Homes vintage furniture store, and the aesthetically decorated warehouses holding secrets, full of carved wonders.
Verdant greens abound all around, calling you into a world of fantasy and fey.
Doorways beckon all over, each wreathed in its own mystique. Colors blend together with designs that harken to a time gone by.
The trees reflect upon their own majesty as they overlook a peaceful lake, swaying gently to the aural landscape of splashes and birdsong.
Chaos reigns in this place of dust and decay – but occasional glimpses of wonder somehow manage to peek through…
Perhaps you’re looking for a window into a different world? Let the colours guide you!
Mystery beckons from shadowy corners, curling around metallic curves and wooden artifacts which call this space home.
All of this and more lies in wait, at the New Great Eastern Mills, which is currently undergoing a transformation, straight out of your wildest dreams! In less than a month, this web of wonder will morph into a dance floor that’ll play host to the tunes of electronic music royalty featuring the likes of Japan’s DJ Nobu, Matthew Jonson, the psychedelic collective African Acid is the Future, Steffi, Aurora Halal and more!
Ready, set, see you on the dance floor?
Images Courtesy: Karan Khosla / Editing Courtesy: Kaushik Thanekar & Roycin D’souza
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