Summer is winding down, which means we are that much closer to Made Event Presents Electric Zoo Festival for its fifth consecutive year. This year, the Made team is bringing the animals more Zoo ground for the big five-year celebration, which includes two main stages. In the short time leading up the festival, LessThan3 is compiling a few lists of must-see acts during all three days of Electric Zoo. Check out our picks for must-see acts on Day 1 here. With less than two weeks to go, here are our picks for whom you should add to your Day 2 schedule for Saturday, Aug. 31.
TIËSTO [Main Stage West]
The fifth installment of Electric Zoo highlights a long list of legends on its two main stages, paying great praise to the trance community. On Saturday, don’t miss one of the founding fathers of trance for what is sure to be a high-energy live set that travels between genres. Tiësto recently launched his deep house show on Club Life radio, which has let fans into a different side of the once-melodic trance-turned-big room/electro/trap performer. He has certainly evolved through the years, and we can’t help but wonder what’s in store for Tiësto’s main stage performance at the Zoo this year. Check out Tiësto at Ultra Music Festival 2013, and get ready to ride the Suburban Train.
Bassnectar [Main Stage East]
Calling all Bass Heads–if you’re looking for raw, heart-pounding, in-your-face, bass-heavy music, look to the east wing of the zoo for the slightly deranged, extremely ravaging sounds of Bassnectar. He is one of the longest-standing and most respected artists in American electronic dance music, and his live performances evoke all human senses, breaking down the boundaries of genre and civility to get you on your toes. Check out Bassnectar rearranging the minds of human population at North Coast Music Festival 2013, and be sure to catch the long hair behind the decks at Zoo’s Main Stage East.
Laurent Garnier [Sunday School Grove]
It’s not every day that you get to witness a true DJ–a long life dedicated to the craft, who has helped transform the music of today. Labeled as “The Best DJ of All Time” by Mixmag, Laurent Garnier has been making the world dance for well over 25 years, passionate not about the money and fame, but about moving the crowd and giving them something to remember. A lover of vinyl, ingenuity, and straight-up great dance music, Laurent is one of the most inventive and unique electronic artists to date, and you do not want to miss him for a Sunday School lesson. Check out Laurent Garnier in the Boiler Room earlier this year.
Boys Noize [Hilltop Arena]
When it comes to Electric Zoo, the motto is “Go Hard Or Go Home,” but an animal cannot properly do this without Boys Noize! Germany’s Alexander Ridha, the man behind the acclaimed Boys Noize name, has collaborated with major artists like Snoop Dogg, Depeche Mode, Black Eyed Peas, N.E.R.D., The Chemical Brothers, plus so many more, while spearheading Boysnoize Records, which houses some of the best names in the EDM game. Known for his raw, unparalleled sound that lands somewhere between electronic, dubstep, big room, and glitch hop, Boys Noize has delivered fiery tracks like Don’t Believe The Hype, What You Want, and Go Hard during live shows fully equipped with in-your-face bass, lasers, and beats that make the cerebellum rumble. Check out Boys Noize at Electric Zoo 2012, and get ready to Go Hard again this year.
Brodinski VS Gesaffelstein [Riverside]
This year, the Riverside tent is doing something special to serve our dance palettes right: each day, a different electronic dance label label will take over to highlight both new and veteran artists on that label. On Saturday, Riverside will be transformed into a Fool’s Gold Clubhouse showcasing some of our favorite bad boys in dance, including A-Trak, Congorock, Oliver, and a very adventurous back to back set by Bromance boys Brodinski & Gesaffelstein. The bass-heavy sounds of Brodinski and Gesaffelstein combined will, without a doubt, blow the roof off of this open air tent, and we’re sure the guys have a few tricks up their sleeves for the Zoo animals. Check out this killer Brodinski & Gesaffelstein mix, and get ready for the mayhem.
Bonus – Noisia [Hilltop]
For an extra uncanny treat, check out the new kids on the block who are making a lot of noise, dutch trio Noisia. An original, emotive, and visceral sound highlighting drum & bass while crossing through many other elements of sound for a truly unique music experience. Their technique is pristine and production quality top of line–with remix work like that which they’ve done to Konflict’s Messiah and Deadmau5′ Raise Your Weapon, you’d regret not catching these guys live at Electric Zoo 2013.
Get the full Electric Zoo 2013 lineup and set times here, and stay tuned for our must see picks for Day 3.