When August comes around, there are just a few things on our minds as the last month of summer begins winding down. For some, the worry of heading back to school flutters through our brains; for others, the ideal destination for one last getaway clouds the mind. So many thoughts, dreams, and desires to fulfill in just a few short weeks, but for most, there is one unanimous thought, one ultimate need, and one final triumph to end the season just right and make this summer more memorable than the last–Electric Zoo Festival.
Made Event presents Electric Zoo for the fifth consecutive year, and for the big five-year celebration, Made is unleashing more wrath, more fury, more lions, tigers, and stages, OH MY! This year, prance around five massive stages, including TWO MAIN STAGES. With more stages come more speakers, and more stupendous acts to follow. In the coming weeks, LessThan3 is compiling a list of must-see acts during all three days of Electric Zoo. With four weeks to go, here are five must-see artists during Electric Zoo 2013 Day 1:
Knife Party [Main Stage East]
Shakespeare once said “What light through yonder window breaks? It is the East, and Knife Party is the sun.” Well, not exactly, but at Electric Zoo 5, Knife Party will be the sun over the east main stage! Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen make up the Australian duo Knife Party, with Swire also known from drum and bass band Pendulum, and both known for being in-your-face awesome! They’ve given us countless chart-topping hits like Haunted House, Rage Valley, and Destroy Them With Lazers, and they bring our festival experiences to another raging level. Listen to Knife Party live at Coachella 2013 and get ready to be destroyed with them lazers.
Above & Beyond [Main Stage West]
When you think of the forefathers of trance, names like Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, Ferry Corsten, and Above & Beyond come to mind. This year, watch history come alive as each of these artists we hold dear to our hearts headline one of two main stages, including Above & Beyond on day one. The long-term veteran trio never fail to touch our souls with emotional, powerful, melodic works of art in the form of 130+ BPM, each and every performance more unforgettable than the last. Listen to Above & Beyond at A State Of Trance 600 Miami, and don’t forget about A Thing Called Love at the zoo this year.
Scuba [Sunday School Grove]
It’s going to be a long three days, but make it a must to catch one of today’s most inventive artists “DJ outside the box.” Paul Rose, known as Scuba to the EDM world, has been a driving force in eccentric, unpredictable, highly astounding electronic music. The British-born, Berlin-living DJ/producer provides a three-dimensional sound and live performance that combines electronic chords, dubbed-out basslines, house elements, and jaw-dropping visuals to fiddle with your senses. Prepare to explore the unknown, untamed, and uncanny world of sub-genres, new sounds, and a whirlwind of musical excitement at this year’s Electric Zoo. Check out Scuba in the Boiler Room, and prepare yourselves for the journey.
Big Gigantic [Hilltop Arena]
Big energy, big light shows, and big instrumentals, all in one two-man package built for a thud-thumping, heart-racing Big Gigantic performance. We’re talking an aerodynamic, exemplary live show that embodies the feel of a jamming jazz band with DJ-style production–electrifying synthesizers, bass-heavy productions, live saxophone and drums combated with dynamic light shows and visuals coming together to bring fans, both old and new, a one-of-a-kind Big Gigantic festival experience. Check out Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken in full effect at Hangout Music Festival 2012, and then really rethink your Electric Zoo 2013 schedule.
Kill The Noise [Riverside]
This year, the Riverside tent is hosted by Boysnoize Records and OWSLA, featuring some of our favorite names in loud, in-your-face, electronic music. Acts like Skream, Dog Blood, and the ruthless Jake Stanczak, aka Kill The Noise, will be tantalizing our ear drums with an electro-infused, dubstep dance party. Kill The Noise, whose live performances do anything but that, hit hard with highly energized, head-pounding noise that packs a little something for the raver within all of us. His sound is somewhat like an enjoyable Narcissistic Cannibal, making your heart race with anxious builds, power-driven drops, and bass for days. Listen to Kill The Noise at Electric Zoo 2012, and get ready for Riverside Motherf*ckers.
BONUS: Four Tet [Sunday School Grove]
London’s Kieran Hebden, best known by stage name Four Tet, is an artist not held by boundaries. His music is an innovative, abstract painting of what rock, pop, and electronic music combined with many elemental twists would sound like in the year 2050. Spacial synths, dreamy live instrumentals, and electronic elements combated by downtempo, jazz, funk, hip hop, techno, and folk music makes for a eloquent soloist that amazes the masses, one sound bar at a time. If you’re looking for something outside of the norm or need a break from the bass/brain-pounding artists, look to Four Tet for an unforgettable, 360-degree live performance. Listen to Four Tet’s Boiler Room set for a preview of what will surely be one of your favorite zoo sets this year.