Flying in the Electric Sky: 20 Must-See Artists at EDC Vegas 2019

List composed in collaboration by Cody Smith & Mark Fabrick

In just under one week, EDC Vegas returns… hyped yet? The massive festival will once again take place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, bringing along a stacked lineup, immense production and lights on lights on lights. Insomniac has released the lineup by stage, but as you can see, it’s going to be challenging to pick among your favorites.

The schedule has just been released, and Your EDM now has you covered with a must-see guide. We somehow narrowed the list down to 20 artists, ranging from favorites like deadmau5 to up-and-comers like Ducky. Check our picks below, organized by day.

Friday

deadmau5

For a while there, deadmau5 and Insomniac boss, Pasquale Rotella, were beefing. No longer the case, as the mau5 has made appearances at some So Cal Insomniac fests over the past year and a half. But, this is something else, deadmau5 will be performing at EDC Las Vegas for the very first time (he performed at the final EDC in Los Angeles in 2010), and he’ll have all of the live elements of his Cube 3.0 on display. Hence, why he’ll be playing at Cosmic Meadow, and not Kinetic Field. This legendary artist is sure to command a prime slot on Friday night, expect not just the infield grass, but the grandstands to be packed for this one.

Ducky (Live)

Ducky may not be a household name, but she has more rave cred than most. The producer/DJ has been in the scene for years, but she has finally gotten her due. With a sound crossing dreamy synths and vocals with percussion straight from 90s rave tunes, Ducky melds nostalgia with progressive production. She debuts her new live show this year, and the Cosmic Meadow stage will be one of the show’s lucky stops. Plus, with a new EP and new singles from this year out already, we can expect a lot of new music from her show.

Eric Prydz

Eric Prydz is one of those legendary artists who is a yearly fixture at EDC. So, why can’t you miss him? Because he always brings the most epic production to the Circuit Grounds every year, and no two Prydz shows are ever the same. The Swedish master was also relatively quiet on the release front this year, as he did quite a bit of touring as his alias Cirez D. Last year Prydz unleashed a maelstrom of new tracks at his Circuit Grounds set, and I would expect tons of new tracks this year as well. Oh, and lasers too, of course.

Solardo b2b Idris Elba

EDC has become of the top spots for unique b2b sets. This year, we get a once-in-a-lifetime b2b between a massive actor/DJ and a popping tech house duo. Idris Elba, coming off a beloved Coachella set, makes his EDC debut at Neon Garden, a perfect venue for his UK house style. Add in Solardo, known for their tribal tech house, and you’ve got a stew going. Having either act individually would’ve been great, but this b2b has promise to be one of the best of the festival.

Gorgon City (Live)

Gorgon City returns to EDC after their 2018 DJ set, but this set will be the EDC debut of their new live show. If you caught the duo at Coachella, you’d know their live set is one of the most unique in electronic music right now. Accompanying the duo themselves are singers, instrumentalists and special guests. This live show at Cosmic Meadow guarantees a slam-dunk performance, and we appreciate the live element given the heavy DJ focus of this year’s lineup.

The Glitch Mob

While it appears we won’t be treated to their live show, the fact that the Glitch Mob is playing EDC is still quite the treat. One of the most unique acts in the dance music world, the Glitch Mob live show is one of a kind and can’t be missed. However, that’s not to say that their DJ set at the Basspod won’t be absolutely insane! Honestly, I could see them playing the sunrise slot, as their smoothly produced tunes would be the perfect way for headbangers to unwind and end Day 1. Also check out this video they posted of the crowd at EDC Los Angeles 2007, things have changed in 12 years.

Here we are playing to 11 people on the basspod stage at EDC LA 2007 🤘 never give up. pic.twitter.com/xeoziaHm6s

— The Glitch Mob (@theglitchmob) March 27, 2019

Skream b2b Rusko (Old Skool Dubstep Set)

Another mind-blowing b2b, this time between two of the OG pioneers of dubstep coming out of the UK in the aughts. This set is sure to be a treat for old and new ravers alike as history class will be in session. We know what type of tunes to expect, but we have no idea how this will all be presented. This is definitely a reward set, so I’d expect this as one of the later sets of the morning at Basspod (maybe right before Glitch Mob, maybe right after.)

Saturday

Chris Lake Presents Black Book

Chris Lake is one of the big artists leading the accessible house and tech sound. His style dominated much of EDM’s direction in 2019. And while you can check out a regular Chris Lake set at Cosmic Meadow, there’s a deeper set waiting for your discovery. Chris Lake will present his Black Book show at Stereobloom, a smaller but fitting stage for his deeper tunes. Lake toured the The Black Book Experience last year, but this marks one of the set’s biggest platforms yet.

Ferry Corsten Presents System F

We had to highlight at least one trance set for this weekend, especially since the Quantum Valley stage is expanding to a mega structure this year. This would have to be a set worth checking out as one of the pioneers of trance performs one of his most sought after sets. System F is of course Ferry’s harder trance alias, so if you’re looking for something that’s less vibes and more groove, this might be it for you. Either way, Quantum Valley was an awesome stage last year, so it’s definitely worth checking out.

Get Real: Green Velvet & Claude VonStroke

Deeper sounds are slowly returning to Kinetic Field. The stage used to include some deeper artists, but veered back to mainstage-friendly EDM recently. But, this year marks the glorious return of the deep end to the stage, and Get Real should go down as one of the best sets. The duo comprises the legendary Green Velvet and Dirtybird label boss Claude VonStroke. Both artists have championed the accessible sounds of house and tech, so this set could help unknown ears make their way to the deeper side of the pool.

Martin Garrix

The #1 DJ in the world has also been a constant fixture at EDC over the years, however Martin doesn’t usually play Kinetic Field. For the third time in four years, he’ll be taking his breathtaking visuals and lasers to the Circuit Grounds. If you watched his closing performance at Ultra Miami this year, you know the young Dutchman pushed the absolute limits of what the stage was capable of doing, and he should be doing the exact same thing at EDC. There is nothing like seeing lasers launched into the night and the fireworks of the electric sky. Safe bet you’ll see all of that at Martin’s set on Saturday in what should be a prime time slot.

ARTBAT

EDC loves to sneak in some shocking artists to its lineup. One of the best examples this year is house and techno duo ARTBAT. EDM fans may not know their name, but the Ukrainian duo has risen quickly over the past year. If deadmau5 plays your songs in his Essential Mix episode, you know they’re worth checking out. ARTBAT will play Neon Garden on Saturday, and we’re curious to see how they adapt their set to the EDM festival crowd.

RL Grime

The king of trap is returning to EDC, and this is sure to be a titanic performance. Last year saw him release his highly acclaimed album NOVA as well as launch his own label, Sable Valley. Needless to say RL should have a bevy of new music, IDs and remixes to share with the crowd. However, the versatile producer is not just a star in the EDM world; RL has collaborated with some of the finest in rap and hip-hop, so it’s seems like a safe bet that there might be some special guests at his Kinetic Field set (he brought out R&B singer Miguel in 2017).

REZZ

REZZ remains one of EDM’s greatest success stories. Her rise to prominence was well deserved after her slew of original tracks and remixes, not to mention the growth of her live show. Last year she released her new album Certain Kind of Magic a few months after EDC Vegas, so fans heard got some sneak peeks. However, this year we can hear the full brunt of her new material at Circuit Grounds. We might even get lucky to hear some new music as well.

ZHU

Dance music’s man in black will make his EDC debut at Cosmic Meadow. Let’s face it, EDC is a festival based around DJs, but live dance music has really been coming along lately, and it’s reflected in this year’s lineup. ZHU put out his masterful album, Ringos Desert, last year, so I would anticipate a lot of songs of that album. ZHU always has a live guitarist and saxophonist in tow for his sets, and the Cosmic Meadow looks to be the main setting for live music this weekend. ZHU’s dreamy, ethereal, and sensual sounds certainly set the mood, depending upon his time slot, Ringo’s Desert might be an actual oasis at EDC as a way to get away from all the craziness inside the festival. That grass is comfy, and sitting in the grandstands and vibing out is also a nice treat.

Sunday

Amelie Lens

No artist better epitomizes the breakneck rise of fame than Amelie Lens. The techno producer/DJ blew up the past two years, becoming one of Drumcode‘s shining stars. It’s only fitting Lens plays at Neon Garden as part of Adam Beyer Presents Drumcode. Even fans of other genres could appreciate Lens sets: massive drops, hard drums and catchy, nuanced melodies. It’s wonderful to see a prominent woman gain such traction, and EDC could introduce her to even more fans.

Jamie Jones

For the past few years, Jamie Jones has hosted his famous Paradise party at Neon Garden. The iconic DJ and producer returns this year, but in a surprising way: on the Kinetic Field. Much like Get Real, Jones’ appearance on EDC’s main stage reflects a gradual move to showcase different sounds. Jones is already a more accessible artist, so we’re curious to hear how he curates his set for the main stage crowd. Also, will be play earlier in the night, or later? Finally, we hope Jones appears for another set, perhaps even at his home turf of Neon Garden, but it’s cool to see him in a more challenging spot.

ANNA

ANNA has been around for a little while now, but the Drumcode favorite is finally hitting bigger recognition. Her consistent releases, not to mention a remix of the year contender for Jon Hopkins, helped raise her profiles. Her sets also showcase the best of her own productions with fantastic song selection and DJing to boot. She’ll play alongside Drumcode label-mates for the record label takeover at the Neon Garden. Girl power is in full swing at EDC this year, and ANNA is definitely a set worth seeing.

Svdden Death

One of the fastest rising names in bass and dubstep will be taking over Basspod on Sunday night. Svdden Death has been a Bassrush favorite lately, and fresh off a collab with Marshmello, this heavy producer’s star is rising. His set at Basspod on Sunday should perfectly capture what the Basspod stage is all about, head-banging and just obscene rowdiness. This is sure to be one of the most packed sets at Basspod all weekend long. Breaking your neck might be an actual risk here.

Zeds Dead

Zeds Dead have been pioneers in bass music for the past decade. So Cal ravers are probably used to seeing them at HARD Summer, and HARD is hosting Cosmic Meadow. However, Zeds Dead will be afforded a different crowd and the ability to dazzle with incredible visuals as they take over Circuit Grounds this year. The Canadian legends of bass should have a ton of new IDs and remixes as they’ve been putting in work, like they always have, both creating and cultivating music. The Circuit Grounds should provide an epic setting for one of the most iconic acts in not just bass music, but dance music too.

 

Photo via Jake West for Insomniac

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Fortnite Reveals First-Ever Summer Block Party With Dillon Francis, Cray, & More

Anyone still trying to fight against the rising tide that is Fortnite is fighting a losing battle. The battle royale game has absolutely taken over the world, even snagging a cameo in the biggest film in history which came out this past month. Now, Fortnite creator Epic Games steps into new territory with its first ever Fortnite Summer Block Party – a two-day event at the Forum in Inglewood, California celebrating the Fortnite community along with some of the community’s favorite creators and celebrities, like Ninja, Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco, Dillon Francis, Kitty Plays, Cray and Jordan Fisher.

Says Fortnite:

On Saturday, June 15, watch celebrities and your favorite streamers battle it out in the first ever Creative tournament! Eight teams of four will be fighting for fame on a new player-made game, designed specially for this event.

On Sunday, June 16, the Fortnite Celebrity Pro-Am returns! Find out which team will take home the Victory Royale, LIVE.

A ticket will also include access to a “Fortnite Fan Festival,” though details surrounding this are scarce. It’s unclear if it will be a music festival with popular artists involved in the Pro-Am and Creative tournament, or something else entirely. But with tickets starting at just $35, you’re not risking a whole lot to find out.

To pre-register, visit Fortnite’s Ticketmaster Verified Fan website, enter your information, and when tickets go on-sale you’ll be among the first to be notified.

Can’t make it in person? Don’t worry. Both days will be streamed on Twitch, YouTube, Mixer and more, so you can watch from the comfort of your favorite drop point.

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How To Get The New Snapchat Baby Filter Everyone Is Posting

Want to get the baby filter?

If you’ve been on the internet lately, you’ve likely seen friends and acquaintances posting photos of themselves as the baby-versions of their adult self and as the opposite sex — men posing as women, and women posing as men.

Once again, Snapchat has found a way to temporarily boost their monthly users by introducing engaging new filters that have taken the internet by storm. They still have better filters than Instagram, that’s for sure.

Finding and using it is simple.

Open Snapchat, make sure the camera is facing you. Tap the Smiley icon next to the capture button to access the available filters. Then side scroll over the filter that looks like a baby.

Get in on the fun soon! Because who knows how long this latest fascination will last.

… And don’t forget, you can make your own Snapchat filters too.

Photo credit: LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images

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Up and comer LICK breathes new life into GTA’s “Red Lips”

We’ve been following LICK’s come up since he first released on Deadbeats last year. The producer has been quickly gaining traction with remixes of “Devils Den” and “Angel Voices.” Now he has put his talents to work on GTA’s “Red Lips.” He starts with a tension forging build up before hitting listeners with a drop similar to RL Grime – Reims. He switches things completely with the second drop surprising with a psytrance beat that no one will see coming.

LICK has also been working hard finishing up his debut album. This coupled with his upward momentum has led to him playing Electric Forest, Audiotistic, Red Rocks with Zeds Dead, and many more festivals throughout the year. Have a listen to his Red Lips remix below and catch him at a festival near you.

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Rapper Kodak Black Arrested On Firearm Charges At Rolling Loud

Florida rapper Kodak Black was arrested at Rolling Loud Music Festival over the weekend on firearm charges.

According to Miami-Dade Police, he was taken into custody on Saturday, upon arrival to the music festival before he was able to perform. He was taken into custody on federal charges and faces legal implications from the state as well.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms was the lead on the case. U.S. Marshals explained the arrest was made following “an extensive investigation conducted by the U.S. Marshals, ATF and Miami-Dade Police Department’s North Side Gang Unit.”

Black, real name Bill Kapri, was also arrested last month on drug and weapon-related charges when he tried to cross from Canada into the United States.

His charges following Saturday’s incident have not yet been officially confirmed.

Just obtained photo of Bill Kapri, AKA Rapper Kodak Black after he was arrested tonight. Official statement from Marshals: after an extensive investigation conducted by the US Marshals, ATF, and Miami Dade PD North Side Gang Unit, Kapri, was arrested as he arrived… pic.twitter.com/IHVzAoNStI

— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) May 12, 2019

 

Source: NBC 2

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REPORT: Marco Carola Could Be Fined €2.4 Million For His Next Gig

Techno legend Marco Carola could be fined €2.4 million just for playing a show…

According to Resident Advisor, Amnesia and Pacha Ibiza are disputing over the DJ/producer’s Music On residency. By law, Carola is still contracted with Amnesia, which prevents him from performing elsewhere on the island — including Pacha.

This complicates things because the Music On residency is due to launch at Pacha on Thursday, May 16th. While a local court has ruled in favor of Amnesia, Carola may break the contract with a penalty of €2.4 million.

“This is the penalty agreed upon in the contract,” a representative from Amnesia revealed to Diario De Ibiza.

This is a developing story… We’ll have to see how it plays out this Thursday.

 

Source: Resident Advisor

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Martin Garrix Wishes His GF Happy Birthday In Cutest Possible Way

Martin Garrix and Charelle Schriek keep their high profile relationship relatively low key. Aside from a photo here and there, they tend to stay out of the public eye. However, the producer just wished his girlfriend a happy birthday in the cutest possible way.

The Instagram upload below shows off the couple’s recent photo booth session. If that’s not adorable enough, he took to the caption to @ his lady directly.

“Happy birthday @charelleschriek ❤ Love you lots.”

Other superstar DJs including Nicky Romero, Tiesto, Julian JordanCesqeaux and more have dropped hearts and comments on the photo.

Happiest of birthdays to Charelle!

Martin Garrix & Charelle Schriek

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Happy birthday @charelleschriek ❤ Love you lots

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Photo via Rukes.com

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Your EDM Premiere: Benda – Special Habits [Insomniac Records]

Back with an absolute vengeance, Benda has returned to Your EDM with another eclectic production just ahead of his monumental EDC Las Vegas Performance. With past releases on Buygore, the future grows brighter and brighter every year for this young prodigy.

Out on the legendary Insomniac Records label, the man himself releases “Special Habits” as part of the annual EDCLV compilation that hosts some of the most forward-thinking productions of the year. With support from the pioneering producer Borgore, this future- classic is an instant slammer.

With the hybrid use of energetic synths aligned with jaw-crunching bass lines, this spectacular producer illustrates his creative prowess with absolute precision. Boom.

 

Out now: https://fanlink.to/EDCLV2019COMP

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60+ UK Festivals Call To Stop Single-Use Tents

More than 60 festivals across the UK have band together to help put a stop to single-use tents. The group is urging major retailers including Argos and Tesco to halt marketing such items.

An estimated 250,000 tents are left at festivals across the UK each year, according to a report, amounting to 900 tons of plastic waste every festival season. If these tents were donated to charity it would be one thing, but the reality is much of these barely-used tents go straight to the landfill.

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) speaks on behalf of festivals like Shambala, Boomtown Fair and Boardmasters. All of which support the initiative to stop single-use tents and other plastic waste.

In 2018, these music festivals pledged to cut down on plastic at events, resulting in a drastic cut to other single-use items like plastic straws, drink cups and more. A glitter ban was also instated across the 60+ festivals.

AIF CEO Paul Reed said: “We call upon major retailers to stop marketing and selling tents and other camping items as essentially single-use, and profiting from disposable culture.”

“The message here is not ‘buy a more expensive tent’… festival audiences can take positive action and reduce their carbon footprint simply by taking their tent home and reusing it, ensuring that it doesn’t become a single-use item this summer.”

Here in the states, Electric Forest is making an effort with eco-friendly tents — but it’s a rather pricey option. Hopefully in the future we’ll see more of these at a more affordable price.

In the meantime, if you buy a tent for a music festival — Please, please use it until it wears out or make sure it’s donated. Tents aren’t trash to leave behind.

 

Source: Sky News

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Rolling Stone To Rival Billboard with Its Own Top Music Charts

Rolling Stone is getting in the chart game with its own “Rolling Stones Charts.”

In an effort to rival Billboard, “Rolling Stones Charts” will include 100 top singles and 200 top albums in the US. Instead of weekly updates, Rolling Stone will refresh lists on a daily basis, offering the industry a more up-to-date charting experience.

In addition to the traditional charts, the Rolling Stone Artist 500 will rank the most-streamed artists at the moment. The Rolling Stone Trending 25 will track the biggest trending songs. The Rolling Stone Breakthrough 25 will feature first-time charting artists.

Penske Media Corp’s CEO Jay Penske explains the vision and strategy for Rolling Stone chart domination:

PMC’s strategy is to constantly evolve our brands and products across media platforms. What’s imperative and exciting about our new Rolling Stone Charts is that it will present a transparent, granular and real-time quantification to accurately reflect listeners’ evolving interests and give insight into worldwide trends.

“Rolling Stone Charts” will draw from data via Alpha Data, including daily sales, streaming, and airplay for songs, albums and artists.

Launch is set for this Monday.

 

Source: Variety

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