The fifth Blip Festival is finally upon us: the annual-except-for-2010 chiptune music extravaganza begins tonight, May 19, and runs through Saturday, May 21. The festival is a collaboration between 8bitpeoples and The Tank, and it’s taking place at Eyebeam, which is located in a notoriously un-public-transit-friendly part of Chelsea. (This is the first time since 2007 that the event will be at Eyebeam, which is special for me in particular: Blipfest 2007 was where I first met some Destructoid editors, and got started on the road to becoming one myself!)
Three-day passes have been sold out for a while now, but you can still buy single-day tickets online or at the door (as long as they’re still selling them, of course). Performers include: Dtoid New York’s own Zen Albatross, minusbaby, Anamanaguchi (the band who did the soundtrack for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game), Starscream, Nullsleep, Bubblyfish, and Bit Shifter. As always, the chip music will be accompanied by visuals to enhance the trance factor of the experience. The show kicks off at 8 PM each evening and runs past midnight.
But the fun doesn’t end there! Every night, you can head to the Babycastles arcade in Brooklyn for an afterparty — featuring videogames, Indian food, and live music/DJs — that goes all the way until 4:30 AM. Tonight’s “Anti-Sleep Aftershow” is being thrown by the good folks at Motherboard.TV and Kill Screen.
Dtoid New York will be in attendance, so come to the show and hang out with folks like me, East Coast Community Manager power-glove, and erstwhile Destructoid Art Director Topher Cantler. We hope to see you there! (Send a PM to Dtoid New York to let us know you’re coming.) Head on over to the show’s official website for more information.