Michigan Quarterly Review

“There will be crowds—sanguine. There will be sixty bands, give or take, with several thousand of us listening. There will be disembodied ghostly singing. There will be ruckus rhythms that defy analyzing.” http://www.michiganquarterlyreview.com/2017/07/the-music-in-brooklyn-by-molly-mcquade/

Night One of Golden Fest 2017: A Darkly Danceable Feast

New York Music Daily Blog “an otherworldly, booming vortex that was as ancient-sounding as it was sophisticated, both rhythmically and melodically” https://newyorkmusicdaily.wordpress.com/tag/pontic-firebird-golden-fest/

Brooklyn Daily – Dance with Uste: Learn traditional steps at Balkan music fest

“The annual Zlatne Uste Golden Festival — now in its 32nd year — is known for its many rollicking bands, but the dancing among the audience is just as important as the action happening on the fest’s four stages.” – Carolyn Spivak https://www.brooklyndaily.com/stories/2017/2/24-golden-festival-balkan-dance-2017-01-06-bk.html

Video: Inside The Exultant Grand Prospect Hall Balkan Music Fest

“The crowd, like the music, is eclectic. Many attendees sport flower crowns and traditional dress, but dreadlocks and steampunk outfits are visible as well. Grandmas dance alongside twenty-somethings and tweens, and immigrants steeped in folk dancing tradition teach steps to those new to the scene.” BY JENNIFER PREISSEL / GOTHAMIST http://gothamist.com/2016/01/19/golden_fest_balkan_music.php

Village Voice: The 10 Best Concerts in New York this Weekend

“The joyous, inclusive, and diverse four-stage lineup is anchored by a quintet of fine local brass bands augmented by dozens of Balkan, Turkish, Macedonian, and other Eastern European ensembles boasting varying degrees of authenticity and innovation, from a cappella to electronica.” – Richard Gehr https://www.villagevoice.com/2015/01/16/the-10-best-concerts-in-new-york-this-weekend-11615/  

WNYC 2013 – Brooklyn Meets the Balkans

Jan 18, 2013 · by Alec Hamilton This story includes a misattributed sound clip of Zlatne Uste playing Niska Banja. http://www.wnyc.org/story/263527-brooklyn-meets-balkans-zlatne-uste-golden-festival/