[FESTIVAL PLAYLIST] The Must See Artists At The Inaugural Mysteryland USA
The longest running electronic music festival in the world (20 years), Mysteryland will makes it’s debut appearance in the US on May 23-26 on the fabled Bethel Woods grounds, home to the original Woodstock ’69. With so many music festivals now in the States, you may be having a hard time trying to decide which one to invest your money in. Well let me be the first to tell you, this is summer event you will not want to miss out on. Coming from the same group that brought you the now legendary TomorrowWorld, Mysteryland will be on the same epic scale, if not even more mind blowing. With more than 200 world-renowned DJs, local up-and-comers, colorful acts, and performers, there is truly something for every electronic fan. And music isn’t the only mind-bending experience you can have during the multi-day fest, as Mysteryland will bring a spiritual side to the event, featuring yoga, meditation, captivating art installations, and theatrical performances.
Of course, with all these options comes the responsibility of choosing who and what you want to see. It’s not an easy process, as you will no doubt suffer from FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) at least once throughout the weekend. But don’t worry, we are here to help you wade through all the sounds! Here are The Sights and Sounds’ picks for Mysteryland’s 2014 must see artists. From bass and dubstep to hard hitting electro and deep house, this playlist will guarantee you step into the festival ready to go and experience everything it has to offer.
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To be honest, I’m a bit worried for The Boat stage. They put some of the heaviest music on that floating structure, and I’m just going to assume it won’t be able to handle the weight under the crushing sounds of the weekends performers. Let’s just hope they have extra lifeboats available. The Boat will feature a weekend lineup of some of the dirtiest, hardest hitting trap, bass, and dubstep DJs on the planet, and our bet is that this stage will be scene to some of the wildest sets of the festival. Saturday sees The Boat take on some of the heavier bass producers, with Let’s Be Friends, Sound Remedy, Zomboy and Big Gigantic taking the stage while Sunday brings out the trap and hip-hop inspired artists such as LOUDPVCK, Paper Diamond, and the Dillon Francis/Flosstradamus tag team duo, Dillstradamus.
Sunday School Mini Fest
While most of the mainstream acts take over the main stage, the Sunday School Mini Fest is where you’ll be able to find all the deep cuts. These are the artists that have been on the circuit for years, and old school EDM fans will find a home among the three stages dedicated to the genres that might not be as popular to US festival goers just yet. With the sounds of deep house, tech house, and minimal house placed in the forefront, The Big Top, Spiegeltent, and Vinyl Only is crafted for the veteran ears looking for a more refined sound than what you might find on the main stage. Make sure you take the time to wander over as Saturday’s acts feature the sounds of Booka Shade, Seth Troxler, and Soul Clap while Sunday brings heavy hitters Pete Tong, Justin Martin, Jeremy Olander & Fehrplay, and Victor Calderone to the decks.
Every festival has a main stage, but not every festival has a main stage that is stacked with the caliber of talent that Mysteryland is bringing to the table. If you’re any sort of EDM fan, there’s a good chance that every name on this lineup will be recognizable. Featuring some of the world’s biggest names in music, the main stage will be, hands down, the busiest stage all weekend. Saturday starts off a bit chilled, as AMTRAC and Oliver Heldens throw down their deep house vibes. But the intensity will only increase as the day turns to night with EDM’s Cover girls, NERVO, taking the stage before ultimate party (and cake) thrower, Steve Aoki, shuts it down to round out night one.
And you better have your cameras ready as Sunday kicks off with “#Selfie” poster children, The Chainsmokers, before taking a turn toward the heavier side of the sonic scale. With sets from Kill The Noise, Flosstradamus, and Dillon Francis b2b2b, there’s no doubt that your bass cravings will be satisfied for the weekend. To round out day two of the festival, Chicago hometown hero Kaskade will be throwing down, no doubt to a spectacle of fireworks that will put your 4th of July to shame.
Other Must See Stages
For the creative inner child in all of us, captivating art installations and theatrical performances will be spattered throughout the festival grounds, with unique pieces by Dutch artists Dadara, international flag artist Angus Watt, a wishing tree by Kate Raudenbusch, and The Lucent Dossier Experience, known for their over the top, mind-expanding stage performances. Exploration of the worlds can begin in The Healing Garden, a place to discover new ways of thinking and getting in touch with your spiritual side through yoga, meditation, and chill-out music. Additional areas include a romantic Love Chapel, a rodeo, the Mysteryland Post Office, the Confessional, a festival library, live painting by New York street artists, Sin Salida by native Amsterdam creative collective and, in true Mysteryland style, dozens of secret areas waiting for you to discover.
In addition to the festival ground activities, the Holy Ground campers will be able to gather at the community-oriented Camping Circus stage. This area will host creative artists and alternative musical programming, including jazz and indie music throughout the weekend.
So what are you waiting for?
General Admission (Nomad) and VIP (Bohemian Premium) tickets are still available for both single day and weekend festival goers and can be purchased via the Mysteryland website here. And as if you aren’t already beyond excited to kick off the weekend, make sure you watch the Mysteryland countdown video below to really send your anticipation levels over the top.