This weekend thousands of people are going to be descending upon the Pimlico Horse Racetracks in Baltimore for this year’s iteration of Moonrise Festival, one of the largest festivals in the DMV area. This year the lineup is much more diverse and hosts a large arrangement of artists from trap and bass to house. Although large swaths of the lineup have us excited for the festival this year, here are five we insist you see
Shipfam will most certainly know how hype Dillon Francis and Flosstradamus get when they play B2B to form Dillstradamus. Together these guys bring the heat with massive bass bangers along with trap and dubstep that will have your head banging harder than a hammer. With sprinkles of hip hop and Dillon Francis’ signature troll bites, it’s a set that is without a doubt going to have the masses flocking to them. Check out their set from Holy Ship 2016 to get an idea of what they’re going to pack
Pretty Lights Live
For those of you looking to really get your groove on and vibe out say no more. Pretty Lights Live is definitely one of the top acts I personally am looking forward to. Along with having some of the most professionally crafted music out there, Pretty Light’s Live set is an experience everyone needs to see at least once in their life. Let me just say that if you don’t believe in magic, you will after one of these exquisite sets. Oh, did I mention it also features a very pretty light show? Check out one of his most recent sets that he did at Gorge Amphitheatre to get an idea of what is in store.
I would be amiss if on this list I did not include one of my top artists for this year, Zeds Dead. These guys absolutely killed it with their new album Northern Lights which showcased their ability to produce many diverse styles of music. If you are looking for a nice medium between Pretty Lights and DILLSTRADAMUS, allow me to recommend checking out Zeds Dead. These guys have a way of connecting many different genres of music together, ranging from straight g-house beats all the way to the grimiest of dubstep. To get a feel of what you might hear from them, check out the latest episode of their radio series Deadbeats Radio below.
It would be fallacious to say that Jai Wolf is an up and comer because this dude has been absolutely killing it. Known for his breakout song ‘Indian Summer’, I remember seeing one of his first shows at U Street Music Hall here in DC. Since then, this dude has been slaying it release after release taking his talents not just across the US but worldwide. With a musical style that is similar to the likes of Hotel Garuda, Louis The Child, and other future bass leaders, his sets are fast paced but highly accessible from the trap heads to casual electronic music lovers. You can get a good idea of what you’ll hear below with his set that he released on Diplo and Friends.
Louis The Child
These two kids from Chicago are another must see at this year’s edition of Moonrise. Recently they’ve been personally lauded by The Chainsmokers as an act to watch out for, and absolutely killed it this year with their stunning EP Love Is Alive. Both these guys are very young so the sky is the limit for what musical potential they have. Although their music is full of them feels, their sets hold nothing back and give off their signature feel good, soulful vibe that is very vocal heavy. This year their touring schedule has been absolutely crazy, with this prodigious duo bringing the heat across the US and for the first time to Europe as well. Check out their set at EDC this year and just because we love them so much, also check out their massive 6-way B2B set with fellow Moonrise performers Big Gigantic, Slander, and Jai Wolf
BONUS: Boombox Cartel
Just one more. I have to include one of my favorite duos at the moment who will be playing the festival, Boombox Cartel. these caballeros from Mexico know how dubstep should be done. Their music isn’t so heavy that it’s painful to the ear but is well constructed, sharp and impactful. The true beauty lies in the fact that their music is also very musically proficient and has a flavor of Latin music to it. I got the opportunity to see one of them play in Chicago live and anytime I get an opportunity to see these guys live I seize it. With an upcoming release planned with Flosstradamus that was teased at EDC, the only direction for these guys is up. Check out their set at EDC below, and even if you aren’t fully into dubstep make sure to stop by these guys’ set, they know how to have a good time