REZZ performing her Sunday headlining set at the Earth Stage, 5/27/18 at 11pm. (photo: Manny De Tatkieto)

REZZ performing her Sunday headlining set at the Earth Stage, 5/27/18 at 11pm. (photo: Manny De Tatkieto)

Neighbors from Long Island City waiting together for a shuttle bus to the parking lot, 5/28/18 at 10am.

Neighbors from Long Island City waiting together for a shuttle bus to the parking lot, 5/28/18 at 10am.

The Keep owner Stephanie Jankowitz-Castilo with her husband Diego alongside DJ NSR and his girlfriend as they waited to leave the festival, 5/28/18 at 10am.

The Keep owner Stephanie Jankowitz-Castilo with her husband Diego alongside DJ NSR and his girlfriend as they waited to leave the festival, 5/28/18 at 10am.

BAE members transporting their Wellness gear (left photo) alongside the Trash Pirates waste management staff (right photo), 5/28/18 at 8am.

BAE members transporting their Wellness gear (left photo) alongside the Trash Pirates waste management staff (right photo), 5/28/18 at 8am.

DJ Be Svendsen with his audience at the conclusion of his headlining set at the Alchemy Stage, 5/28/18 at 7:30am.

DJ Be Svendsen with his audience at the conclusion of his headlining set at the Alchemy Stage, 5/28/18 at 7:30am.

The partiers in around at Camp Pickleback's Pickle Perfect party cabin with host Dimitri (top left photo, in reflective jacket) and guest DJ's Hannah and TR(OTTER) (bottom right photo, left and right), 5/28/18 at 6am.

The partiers in around at Camp Pickleback's Pickle Perfect party cabin with host Dimitri (top left photo, in reflective jacket) and guest DJ's Hannah and TR(OTTER) (bottom right photo, left and right), 5/28/18 at 6am.

The BAE late night dance party underneath their tent at the Wellnest, 5/28/18 at 2am.

The BAE late night dance party underneath their tent at the Wellnest, 5/28/18 at 2am.

Bang On! co-founders Brett Herman (left photo) and Tim Monkiewicz (center photo) walking the coals before their fellow fire walkers posed for a a group portrait (right photo), 5/27/18 at 11pm.

Bang On! co-founders Brett Herman (left photo) and Tim Monkiewicz (center photo) walking the coals before their fellow fire walkers posed for a a group portrait (right photo), 5/27/18 at 11pm.

Brett Barker lighting his bonfire for the walking coals alongside an Elements fire ceremony, 5/27/18.

Brett Barker lighting his bonfire for the walking coals alongside an Elements fire ceremony, 5/27/18.

Fire walking hosts Brett Barker (left photo) and Kaytibunny Roberts (right photo), 5/27/18 at 8pm.

Fire walking hosts Brett Barker (left photo) and Kaytibunny Roberts (right photo), 5/27/18 at 8pm.

BAE founders Hannah Ross and Reem Abdou (left photo, first and third from left) with the attendees of their connection circle with host Analise Hobal (left photo, second from left), 5/27/18 at 4pm.

BAE founders Hannah Ross and Reem Abdou (left photo, first and third from left) with the attendees of their connection circle with host Analise Hobal (left photo, second from left), 5/27/18 at 4pm.

Costumed stilt walkers performing in the rain at the Water Stage, 5/27/18 at 3pm.

Costumed stilt walkers performing in the rain at the Water Stage, 5/27/18 at 3pm.

DJ TR(OTTER) (top, third fro left) with friends after opening up the Water Stage in the rain, 5/27/18 at 2pm.

DJ TR(OTTER) (top, third fro left) with friends after opening up the Water Stage in the rain, 5/27/18 at 2pm.

Orijins DJ Slav Mysto Vynnytsky (center) with fellow DJ's 2Melo (right) and Matt Sebastian (left), 5/27/18 at 1am.

Orijins DJ Slav Mysto Vynnytsky (center) with fellow DJ's 2Melo (right) and Matt Sebastian (left), 5/27/18 at 1am.

Festival dancer Tonya Karina in costume as a forest fairy (left photo, center) and dressed for a night of partying (right photo, right), 5/26/18.

Festival dancer Tonya Karina in costume as a forest fairy (left photo, center) and dressed for a night of partying (right photo, right), 5/26/18.

Performers with fiery weapons at the Fire Stage during The Golden Pony's DJ set, 5/26/18 at 10pm. (all photos: Nick McManus)

Performers with fiery weapons at the Fire Stage during The Golden Pony's DJ set, 5/26/18 at 10pm. (all photos: Nick McManus)

Incendia founder Cory Glenn (right) with his pyrotechnics crew behind the fire stage, 5/26/18 at 9pm.

Incendia founder Cory Glenn (right) with his pyrotechnics crew behind the fire stage, 5/26/18 at 9pm.

Artist Melissa Pressler (left photo, top, first right)) with friends inside her art installation for BAE's Wellnest alongside jewelry designer Jane Rizzo (right photo, left), 5/26/18 at 5pm.

Artist Melissa Pressler (left photo, top, first right)) with friends inside her art installation for BAE's Wellnest alongside jewelry designer Jane Rizzo (right photo, left), 5/26/18 at 5pm.

DJ Dirty Looks (left photo, center) and The Golden Pony's Tim Monkiewicz (right photo, left) during their DJ sets at the Fire Stage, 5/26/18 at 10pm.

DJ Dirty Looks (left photo, center) and The Golden Pony's Tim Monkiewicz (right photo, left) during their DJ sets at the Fire Stage, 5/26/18 at 10pm.

Attendees aboard the Molly Rodger on Fork Mountain Pond behind the Water Stage, 5/26/18 at 2pm.

Attendees aboard the Molly Rodger on Fork Mountain Pond behind the Water Stage, 5/26/18 at 2pm.

The crowds behind, with and in front of the Water Stage as DJ's 1989 and Matt Sebastian spun back-to-back, 5/26/18 at 1pm.

The crowds behind, with and in front of the Water Stage as DJ's 1989 and Matt Sebastian spun back-to-back, 5/26/18 at 1pm.

Attendees enjoying the basketball courts and hockey rink with party personality Rawb Lane (right photo, center), 5/26/18 at 4pm.

Attendees enjoying the basketball courts and hockey rink with party personality Rawb Lane (right photo, center), 5/26/18 at 4pm.

BangOn! co-founder Tim Monkiewicz (left) with his father Frank (right) as they hung out by the Water Stage, 5/26/18 at 2pm.

BangOn! co-founder Tim Monkiewicz (left) with his father Frank (right) as they hung out by the Water Stage, 5/26/18 at 2pm.

Interior panorama of the Earth Stage party bus driven by Tycho (second from left), 5/26/18 at 12pm.

Interior panorama of the Earth Stage party bus driven by Tycho (second from left), 5/26/18 at 12pm.

Friends from Maryland and Washington D.C. partying at their off-site cabin at Lakewood Retreats, 5/26/18 at 2:30am.

Friends from Maryland and Washington D.C. partying at their off-site cabin at Lakewood Retreats, 5/26/18 at 2:30am.

DJ Claude VonStroke (top, second from right) with friends at the conclusion of his set, 5/26/18 at 12:30am.

DJ Claude VonStroke (top, second from right) with friends at the conclusion of his set, 5/26/18 at 12:30am.

DJ Claude VonStroke spinning for fans from the Fire Stage, 5/26/18 at 12:45am.

DJ Claude VonStroke spinning for fans from the Fire Stage, 5/26/18 at 12:45am.

DJ Oona Dahl (top, second from left) at the conclusion of her set at the Air Stage, 5/26/18 at 12:30am.

DJ Oona Dahl (top, second from left) at the conclusion of her set at the Air Stage, 5/26/18 at 12:30am.

DJ Penny Lane (at right) with friends before her set at the Wub Hub Stage, 5/25/18 at 11pm.

DJ Penny Lane (at right) with friends before her set at the Wub Hub Stage, 5/25/18 at 11pm.

Saturators backstage with Elements Lakewood's live band booker Brian Stollery before their set, 5/25/18 at 4pm.

Saturators backstage with Elements Lakewood's live band booker Brian Stollery before their set, 5/25/18 at 4pm.

The cast of the immersive play

The cast of the immersive play "Moonveil" at the conclusion of their Friday performances, 5/25/18 at 9pm.

JunXion's DJ 2Melo (right) opening up the Earth Stage with support from fellow DJ Dreeemy (left), 5/25/18 at 4pm.

JunXion's DJ 2Melo (right) opening up the Earth Stage with support from fellow DJ Dreeemy (left), 5/25/18 at 4pm.

Attendees posing with the Cookie Monster bus alongside a nearby mural by the Fire Stage, 5/25/18 at 4pm.

Attendees posing with the Cookie Monster bus alongside a nearby mural by the Fire Stage, 5/25/18 at 4pm.

Philly Disc Ball Mansion resident Sam Gumienny (top, center) as she and her friends settled into their West Village cabin, 5/25/18 at 4pm.

Philly Disc Ball Mansion resident Sam Gumienny (top, center) as she and her friends settled into their West Village cabin, 5/25/18 at 4pm.

The crew of the Munchie Monsters Grill and Catering with their truck on the Center Camp, 5/25/18 at 3pm.

The crew of the Munchie Monsters Grill and Catering with their truck on the Center Camp, 5/25/18 at 3pm.

Elements Lakewood's Director of Marketing Daniel Leinweber (right) surveying the grounds with DJ 1989 (left), 5/25/18 at 2pm.

Elements Lakewood's Director of Marketing Daniel Leinweber (right) surveying the grounds with DJ 1989 (left), 5/25/18 at 2pm.

Elements Lakewood's performers at the conclusion of their staff meeting, 5/25/18 at 2pm.

Elements Lakewood's performers at the conclusion of their staff meeting, 5/25/18 at 2pm.

The ice hauling staff during a delivery (left photo) and and their crew portrait (right photo), 5/25/18 at 12pm.

The ice hauling staff during a delivery (left photo) and and their crew portrait (right photo), 5/25/18 at 12pm.

Friends from the 'Philly Pham' (left photo) outside their shuttle bus and the rest of the riders inside (right photo), 5/25/18 at 11am.

Friends from the 'Philly Pham' (left photo) outside their shuttle bus and the rest of the riders inside (right photo), 5/25/18 at 11am.

The toast of Brooklyn’s nightlife descended on the Poconos for BangOn!’s Elements Lakewood Festival, now in its second year. The best of our local DJs, performers, and party organizers united with an international roster including Claude VonStrokeREZZ, and Jamie Jones to create an extrasensory experience for the roughly 5,000 attendees, with music and more going well past dawn every day.

The journey began Friday afternoon aboard yellow school busses. On the bus I ran into the “Philly Pham,” a group I photographed when I covered the festival last year and the first of many returning groups.

Attendees that arrived in time to enjoy Friday’s pleasant afternoon at Elements Lakewood, held on the grounds of the seasonal Camp Lavi in northeast Pennsylvania, discovered the various art cars, murals and sculptures that awaited. Though we’d left New York, the cabins bore familiar names like “West Village.”

Opening the Earth Stage was Bushwick’s own DJ 2Melo, founder of party crew JunXion, who are celebrating their fourth anniversary this weekend. While backstage, I met band The Saturators who recently played one the final reggae shows at the now shuttered B.B. King’s in Times Square. At sunset, I took in the immersive play Moonveil. The sets were carefully built into the foliage and the twinkling water behind the Moon Queen’s finale performance brought the play to life.

Friday evening, Bushwick’s Penny Lane opened the Wub Hub stage at midnight while Oona Dahl played the Air Stage. Accessible adult-size treehouses hung over the stage and lights made the whole scene look larger than life. Up at the Fire Stage, flames shot 20 feet in the air as Dirtybird Records co-founder Claude VonStroke played for a legion of fans. Meanwhile, the Water Stage was packed with freshwater beachgoers who danced in the pond to back-to-back sets.

The kayaks and canoes available at the Water Stage were part of a wider array of physical activities like rock climbing, basketball and hockey. For those seeking relaxation, the Brooklyn-based female-driven collective BAE ran the Wellnest, where spiritual and emotional empowerment activities were held including their popular Bass Yoga.

Chris Lake closed out the Fire Stage at 1 am following sets by resident DJs Dirty Looks and The Golden Pony and afterwards I walked over to the Alchemy Stage to see more of my Bushwick friends. The path between the stages became a de facto Wyckoff Avenue as I ran into people like Tonya Karina, a House of Yes dancer who had performed earlier.

The final day brought rain throughout the day. As Sunday headliner REZZ rocked the high ground, down by the water people came together for a fire-walking ceremony, the first of its kind attempted at a music festival. Hosts Brett Barker and Kaytibunny Roberts introduced themselves and their 100-split log pile that would become a bed of coal. Safety was paramount: waivers were signed and medics with ATV’s were present. “You are all part of an experiment not only to test whether you can walk on fire, but that we can all do it safely together,” Barker told the crowd.

While the bonfire burned, a Viking funeral ceremony commenced, and an archer hit a raft with a fiery arrow that landed on the first try. As it burned, a string rendition of The Rolling Stone’s “Paint it Black” was performed in the mist. More spectacle came in the form a pyro-jet-pack stunt that flew a man over the pond. When the coals were ready, everyone took their shoes off and waited in a muddy line to test their inner strength. “Walking on hot coals in your underwear is a great analogy for event production,” BangOn! co-founder Brett Herman said.

The rain stopped in time for the late night parties. With the help of Rawb Lane, a House of Yes personality and warm-up man for MTV’s re-booted Total Request Live, I attempted to document the sweaty, rainy faces.

While Danish DJ Be Svendsen gave his all till nearly 7:30 am for the die-hards that had switched from booze to teas and tonics from Bushwick’s Ambrosia Elixirs, I spoke with Scott Vincent, owner of Big Boys Security. “This is probably one of the best festivals I’ve worked and the kids are really good,” he told me. Wasting no time, I went straight to the shuttle busses where at 9 am, a line was already 100 strong.

The five old yellow school busses became all terrain vehicles and roared down the muddy roads like Hummers. Just as Elements Lakewood’s childlike cabins welcomed the imaginations of the adults that stayed in them, the busses were a Phantom Tollbooth that we exited back through to our grown-up reality.

(photos by Nick McManus; photo of REZZ by Manny De Tatkieto)