10 Artists You Need To See At Mysteryland USA 2015
Since its inception in 1993, Mysteryland has firmly positioned itself as one of the top tier music festivals in the world, thanks to its unique blend of music and art. Billed as the oldest, longest-running dance music festival in the Netherlands, Mysteryland is nearly unmatched in its history, thanks to its lengthy past. Considered by many as the leading pioneer of the electronic dance music festival scene in Europe and the United States, the ID&T-produced festival has blazed a path for nearly every successful dance music festival, including its sister festival, Belgium’s famed Tomorrowland.
In 2014, the Netherlands-based festival brought their unique brand of dance music-driven madness stateside, setting up shop in Bethel Woods, New York, at the same stomping grounds as the iconic Woodstock festival of the 60s. In just one year, Mysteryland USA has quickly asserted itself as a premier festival of the United States, on par with Insomniac’s Electric Daisy Carnival and Miami’s Ultra Music Festival, while still staying true to its artistic roots. With a lineup featuring over 100 artists, representing nearly every genre of dance music, slated to perform in 2015, Mysteryland USA is ready to show the world that it is here to stay.
With such an extensive list of artists playing Mysteryland, we’ve put together a list of ten artist’s that you need to see at the festival. Check out our picks below and pick up tickets for Mysteryland USA 2015 here.
1. Porter Robinson
Arguably, no producer had a bigger year in 2014 than the North Carolina-native, Porter Robinson. Following the immensely successful release of his highly anticipated debut artist album, Worlds, Robinson embarked on a massive worldwide tour, showcasing the concept and imagination behind his album in a live setting. Months spent on the road hasn’t stopped Robinson from spending time in the studio though, as he premiered his remix of Nero’s track, “The Thrill,” at the first weekend of Coachella. Robinson is slated to bring his live Worlds set up to Bethel Woods for one show that you don’t want to miss.
The talented French youngster is coming off the release of his debut album, Adventure, and alongside his album, Madeon also announced a huge North American tour, accompanied by a brand new live setup. The talented musician is known for his expertise on the launchpad, as seen in his video of his track, “Pop Culture,” which gives his live shows an element of surprise that elevate his sets to the next level. Even though Madeon’s tour is slated to end before Mysteryland, our bet is that you can expect to see his Adventure setup up close and personal.
3. Griz + Gramatik
The two electro-funk/soul producers are slated to play on The Boat, and they’re sure to bring a live element to the Mysteryland USA lineup that will not disappoint. While they aren’t slated to play together as their duo, Grizmatik, their individual sets will not be lacking in energy.
4. Kill Frenzy
Any time a member of the dirtybird family is scheduled to play, that qualifies as a can’t-miss set. 1989 wasn’t the only T-Swift album to be released this year, as the Germany-based producer dropped his debut album, TaylrSwft. Armed with his unique brand of booty-shaking, bass-centric house music, Kill Frenzy never fails to impress when it comes to his sets, and we don’t expect him to, come Mysteryland.
5. Dillon Francis
The LA-native graced Mysteryland’s Boat stage last year, drawing one of the biggest crowds of the entire festival, and now, dance music’s favorite jokester has been bumped up to a headlining slot on the main stage, for good reason. With his album, Money Sucks, Friends Rule, making a strong impact on the scene and a highly anticipated moombahton EP on the way, Francis is primed to make a splash in 2015 and catapult his career into even greater heights.
No producer has rode the future bass wave quite like the San Francisco-based artist, Giraffage. Armed with his unique brand of melodic future bass, Giraffage’s music can only be characterized as luminous and sparkling, and his live shows do not disappoint.
It’s important to recognize and respect a talented turntablist in this day and age of pre-recorded sets, and LA native TJR is one of the best in the business. The talented DJ relentlessly moves through track after track, mixing, blending, and bootlegging anything and everything to create a set that is unlike any other.
The Norwegian producer is slated to headline the main stage on Saturday night, bringing his brand of sun-soaked house music to the woods of New York. With some of the biggest tracks of the year to his name in his remix of Ed Sheeran’s “I See Fire” and his first original, “Firestone,” in addition to a brand new live setup, Kygo will show off what he’s got, and you don’t want to miss this set.
9. Sweater Beats
Sweater Beats has been on a meteoric rise as of late, thanks to his one-of-a-kind blend of smooth R&B with dance music. Coming off the release of his Cloud City EP and an official remix of Flume and Chet Faker’s track, “Drop the Game,” Sweater Beats will be playing at the Girls + Boys stage presented by Webster Hall, and you don’t want to miss it.
10. Anna Lunoe
Nowadays, it seems like everyone who comes out of Australia can do no wrong – as you can see from one of our favorite house producers, Anna Lunoe. Coming off a massive tour with Destructo, Motez, and T. Williams, Lunoe is primed to explode in 2015, thanks to her heavy-hitting, booty-shaking house beats.
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