Beloved Robyn dance parties could return with new venue Elsewhere

Beloved Robyn dance parties could return with new venue Elsewhere
Show her love: Swedish dance-popstar Robyn has never actually been to a Robyn party but she is there in spirit.
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No more dancing on your own.

An organizer of the beloved dance parties This Party Is Killing You: A Night of All Robyn Everything — which drew hundreds of revelers to the now defunct Williamsburg venue Glasslands to boogie the night away the Swedish Europop superstar’s tunes for many years — says he’d love to bring the discos back now Glasslands’ former owners are opening another new music venue in the nabe called Elsewhere.

“We’d like to do it very much and we’d like to do it at Elsewhere,” said Greenpointer Russ Marshalek, one-third of disc jockey team Adventure[s], along with Christopher Choyce and Marley Magaziner.

The former Glasslands and soon-to-be Elsewhere honchos Jake Rosenthal, Dhruv Chopra, and Rami Haykal — who also run booking company PopGun Presents — announced the new venue last week, and say they’ll open their new party palace on Johnson Avenue, between Gardner and Scott avenues, in the fall.

The Adventure[s] crew’s last Robyn bash was at Glasslands in late 2014, when hipster-journalism juggernaut Vice Media moved into the S. Second Street building and the landlord kicked the venue to the curb — a massive blowout that drew 700 party people.

They then threw a one-off revival at Cameo Gallery on Halloween last year — right before that venue closed too.

Ready to rock: An early rendering of Elsewhere on Johnson Avenue.
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Marshalek says he and his pals have looked into hosting more This Party is Killing Yous since then — as well as other Adventure[s] events, which have in the past included shindigs themed for Myspace, “Dad jams,” the Illuminati, and ’90s raves — but haven’t been able to find a worthy location.

The Robyn party in particular draws a lot of young queer revelers, he said, and they only want to host it in venues run by people they trust.

“With the Robyn party, we like it to be a safe space,” he said. “We had been talking to a venue that didn’t even make an attempt to Google and see what the Robyn party was. We got treated so, so well at Glasslands.”

Elsewhere will be in a refurbished old warehouse and will include multiple performance rooms, a rooftop bar, and an art gallery, according to a release.

Marshalek — who also plays in self-described “weird dark electronica” duo A Place Both Wonderful and Strange — said he was particularly excited to hear that Elsewhere will have facilities for film screenings, as one of his many musical projects involves performing live scores to “Twin Peaks” episodes, and it is difficult to find venues with the appropriate equipment.

But that’s all assuming the Elsewhere organizers are open to hosting his parties again — the entertainment impresarios declined to comment on any booking plans at this stage.

On the record: Christopher Choyce, left, and Russ Marshalek of party collective Adventure[s].
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

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