From September 25 – 29, people from all over the world will be flocking to Chattahooche hills in Georgia. Once the home of Counterpoint Music Festival, it is now the home of Tomorrowworld, the sister festival of the legendary, Tomorrowland in Belgium. It’s not too late to make plans for this magical journey and you can buy tickets here.
Their almost feature length ‘aftermovies‘ attempt to recreate the magic that most people experience at their festivals and this year will be no different. DJs will try to create sets for attendees to remember for the rest of their lives. This is my attempt to give you 7 acts that I believe you absolutely should not miss. For the most part, I tried to keep away from main stage acts that we all aready know will be great.
Mat Zo easily makes my list, based on his unpredictability in his set lists. Not too many artists can say that they have toured with Kill The Noise AND Above And Beyond. His playlists and set lists are always all over the place, and can range from a banging electro hits, to heavy hearted trance favorites, to the weirdest of drum and bass. He’s like the mystery grab bag of DJs, you never really know what you are going to get.
If you haven’t been able to catch the sax master himself at least once in his massive emergence in the past three years, then here is your chance. I would even argue to say that Griz is the only artists on the lineup that cannot be compared to any other DJs on the lineup. His organic samples, his live saxophone and his true need to show his Detroit roots in his sets, will make his set one not to miss. And if you hear a saxophone, look at the stage and odds are he will be playing it live
The duo known as TWRK exploded onto the scene, partly from the help of Mad Decent daddy, Diplo, but mainly because of their ability to stay relevant in a time where we are saturated with so many trap DJs, that we don’t know what to do with them. Their most recent visit to Diplo and Friends, they managed to cram 47 songs in a 60 minute mix.
It’s hard for me to not put Keys N Krates on every single ‘must see’ list for a festival they play, but they are so damn good. Keys N Krates may very well be the first real instruments you see all weekend, and if so you will see why they should be in every set. The use of Live drums gives every kick,snare and bass an extra punch that you will feel in the first drop. The live turntablism and sampling gives them access to a million different sounds at once. And the synths and keyboards will make sure the entire set flows beautifully.
I was lucky enough to catch GTA on their ‘Death to Genres’ tour with What So Not and it truly made me appreciate their ‘fuck genres’ attitude that I think every DJ should have adopted by now. That being said, they do not force any genre into their set that does not fit. Every song, has its time and place and that is something that GTA has perfected in their sets.
You know when a high quality rip of that song you have been hearing everywhere finally makes it place on the internet and you keep hearing the tag, ‘This is a Pete Tong Exclusive’ every minute or so? Well this is the Pete Tong they are talking about. King of the BBC EDM Airwaves and host of the legendary ‘Essential Mix’ radio series will be taking the stage at Tomorrwworld. Getting a track or a mix featured by Pete Tong is an almost automatic ‘in’ into the ears of millions of EDM listeners all over the world. I can only imagine the hundreds of unreleased tracks he is currently sitting on, so be prepared to tune into Pete Tong Live at Tomorrowworld.
I promised to myself to try and keep headliners off of my ‘must see’ list as many of you already know these names and they require no convincing to go and see them, but after witnessing firsthand what Skrillex did to a packed Grant Park on the last night of Lollapalooza, I found it essential to give him a shout out. I feel that many people in the EDM community have personally seen the rise of Skrillex. He went from being a warped tour baby from a screamo band to having literally thousands of people try and sing along to his distorted vocal samples and robotic sounds created by him on his laptop in a matter of months. His stage production is already out of this world, add Tomorrowworld’s main stage production to that and you will have a show that you won’t forget. Not to mention that Diplo got his set time moved, so he is free during the last hour of Skrillex’s set, possible surprise Jack U set?
SNAILS’ unique combination of bass and trap music has had many of us salivating for his first U.S. appearances, and it’s finally happening. A couple months ago he released the first of his ‘SNAILED IT!’ mix series, the first episode labeled, ‘Coming to America!’ He labeled it so, to celebrate his first shows in America, and we couldn’t be happier. He is about to hop on a huge tour with Brillz that should not be missed if it comes through your city. This Canadian DJ/producer will have crowd members’ faces turning inside out trying to figure out the answers to a few questions: ‘What song is this??’ ‘What genre is this?’ ‘WHAT THE HELL IS THIS??’