5 Years of Matinée in New York City: Pride’s Biggest Weekend Ever

Matinée Pride in NYC, you can't miss it!
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Matinée Pride in NYC, you can't miss it!  Photo: MatineePride.com

Matinée Pride in NYC, you can’t miss it!
Photo: MatineePride.com

Matinée Kicks Off Its Biggest Pride Weekend Ever; Ticket Raffle for two at The Rainbow Times Booth in Boston Pride

By: Michael Firestone/Special to TRT—

Matinée celebrates its fifth anniversary in New York City this Pride with its biggest weekend ever, MATINÉE PRIDE 2015. Taking place Friday, June 26th through Sunday, June 28th, the weekend will consist of four spectacular events including Friday’s Matinée Main Party at Capitale, Saturday’s Circuit Festival Rooftop Party, Sunday morning’s Action Afterhours, and Sunday’s VIP Boat Cruise.

“There is no better time to experience the magic of Matinée than during Pride when we bring the world’s biggest party brand to the greatest city on earth,” says Jake Resnicow, Managing Partner of Matinée North America. “This will be our biggest event yet as we celebrate five phenomenal years.”

The festivities begin Friday night at 10 p.m. when Matinée launches its Main Event at one of New York City’s most impressive, state of the art arenas, the historic Capitale. Jaw-dropping staging and incredible production are being flown in from Spain. International DJ superstar Boris, best known for his 12-hour marathon sets of slick, pumping house music, will spin the beats until the early morning along with Lydia Sanz and Rico Alexis, who kicks off the night. For the first time ever at any Pride event in the world, attendees will experience the same Pixmob technology that activated crowds during the Super Bowl Halftime show and the Olympics Opening Ceremonies! [pullquote]The festivities begin Friday night at 10 p.m. when Matinée launches its Main Event at one of New York City’s most impressive, state of the art arenas, the historic Capitale. …International DJ superstar Boris, best known for his 12-hour marathon sets of slick, pumping house music, will spin the beats until the early morning along with Lydia Sanz and Rico Alexis, who kicks off the night. [/pullquote]

The fun continues Saturday at 2 p.m. at Copa when Circuit Festival joins the Matinée Pride madness. Enjoy the boys and beats of the world’s biggest gay event on the city’s most exclusive rooftop, right in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen. Matinée will transform the roof with its own custom light and sound installation. DJs Tom Stephan, The O’Halley Brothers, Serving Ovahness, and Dawson  man the decks until 10 p.m. As a special treat, ABSOLUT Vodka will present an open bar from 2pm-3pm and guests will be the first to experience the world’s only 360° Movie-Booth, as seen as on the red carpet at the Grammys and Oscars.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a party weekend without a little action. Action Afterhours begins Sunday at 5 a.m. at Mach 8, the New York City’s venue renowned for its award-winning integral sound system (the same sound system used at legendary NYC nightspots Sound Factory, Twilo and Roxy). Resident DJ Billy Lace headlines, alongside DJs Hannah and SDOT.

Wrapping up the weekend will be the VIP Boat Cruise at Circleline Pier 83. Partygoers will sail off into the sunset to experience breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty and New York City skyline as they dance to the high-energy beats of DJs Tony Moran and Theresa. Boarding starts at 7:30 p.m and ship sets sail at 8 p.m. There will also be a very special, explosive surprise before the ship returns to dock at 11 p.m. [pullquote]For the first time ever at any Pride event in the world, attendees will experience the same Pixmob technology that activated crowds during the Super Bowl Halftime show and the Olympics Opening Ceremonies! [/pullquote]

Matinée launched nearly twenty years ago in Ibiza with the idea to elevate parties by crafting elaborate sets and theatrical productions. Since 2010, Resnicow and Patrick Crough have brought the international party franchise to the states with incredible spectacles in various cities including Miami, Orlando, Vegas and Los Angeles. It all started in New York City during Pride.

“There was something special in the air that night,” recalls Crough. “The energy, the music, the magic of experiencing Matinée in Manhattan for the first time. To this day, there are two or three tracks that when I hear them, they always take me back to that night. Its incredible to see how far we’ve come in five years. We couldn’t be more proud of our baby.”

New York City-based nightlife promoter and producer Joe Roszak is joining Resnicow and Crough for this year’s anniversary celebration. “We’re psyched to take Matinée to the next level,” he says.

For tickets and additional information, visit www.matineenyc.com.

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