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Posted: Thursday, July 17, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 4:22 pm, Thu Jul 17, 2014.

Summer is not only a season for going to the beach, slurping down popsicles and getting a righteous tan, it’s also the season for music festivals.

There are big events, including the Governor’s Ball and Warped Tour, but Queens will also host several music festivals of its own.

MoMA PS1’s Warm Up 2014 kicked off on June 28 and is expected to be one of the most popular festivals in the borough, with hundreds of people turning up each week.

Now in its 17th year, Warm Up continues its tradition of introducing audiences to experimental live music, sound and DJs from all over the world across a range of genres.

Experimental music may sound like a terrifying abstract experience to a layman, but that is not the case.

Big acts from the past, including Tears for Fears and even The Beatles, were considered experimental at some point in their career.

In essence, experimental music can be of any genre but incorporates unusual sounds, stylings and ideas.

It doesn’t have to be as abstract as John Cage’s compositions, however, it can be a dancy electronic anthem that uses sounds in a strange way.

This year’s acts include Auntie Flo from London, Robert Hood from Detroit, Rrose from New York and Cashmere Cat from Norway.

Warm Up is always held in MoMA PS1’s courtyard and features an outdoor installation. This year’s piece, “Hy-Fi,” was the winning design of the museum’s 15th annual Young Architects Program.

The piece was conceived by David Benjamin and designed by a group called The Living and is a circular tower of organic and reflective bricks that uses biological technologies combined with computation and engineering.

The biodegradable material was created through a new method of biodesign and is made with a combination of discarded cornstalks and living root-like structures from mushrooms.

The matter is put into a mold for a few days where it hardens into a sturdy yet lightweight solid.

“Hy-Fi” looks almost like a large anthill and will be accessible throughout the festival and during regular museum hours.

Warm Up will also feature rotating stage installations by New York designers including Confettisystem, Chen Chen and Kai Williams, Fort Makers, Nightwood and The Principals.

MoMA PS1’s resident restaurant M. Wells Dinette will be open for cocktails and will serve grab-and-go summer fare in the courtyard during Warm Up.

In addition, Artbook @ MoMA PS1 is partnering with the festival to host a special weekend pop-up shop in the museum’s Print Shop store, located at 22-01 Jackson Avenue.

The sale will feature design objects by the Warm Up stage designers and music by festival performers.

To accommodate the large crowds expected at Warm Up, the MoMA PS1 galleries will close at 6 p.m.

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