//RESISTANCE// Resistance (n.) /rəˈzistəns/ The refusal to accept or comply with something; the attempt to prevent something by action or argument.
Ahead of their 20th anniversary, Ultra Music Festival has released a massive first wave of artists slated for performance. The Chainsmokers, DJ Snake, Marshmello, Tiësto, and Eric Prydz all appeared on the bill, to name only a few. While the aforementioned acts undeniably incite widespread excitement among festival goers, the festival’s Resistance programming provides a much needed break from big room by providing a thoughtfully booked alternative for festival goers. Since its inception in 2015, Ultra’s Resistance stage has grown to showcase two stages of techno, house, focalizing an entirely new era of dance culture into the enormous festival.
The Sights and Sounds most anticipated Resistance sets
7. Pete Tong
Pete Tong’s storied legacy as BBC Radio 1’s essential mix programmer is reason enough to believe the British electronic pioneer’s set will be full of energy, but his first appearance at Ultra Music Festival’s nascent Resistance Stage is especially certain to bring forth the deep cuts.
6. Stephan Bodzin
Berlin techno producer Stephan Bodzin started his career composing for a plethora of notable European theaters. After falling prey to the spell of Germanic industrial techno, Bodzin’s career took a 180. Now, the global techno pioneer has ushered in a new wave of forward thinking sonic landscapes. His live performance at the Resistance Stage is certain to be unmissable.
5. Patrick Topping B2B special guest
Patrick Topping is one of tech house’s most prolific figures. Over the last three years, the young artist has released to Lee Foss’ Repopulate Mars, Green Velvet’s Relief, and Jamie Jones’ Hot Creations, among a wave of seminal new labels that have started bubbling to the surface. While this sets special guest is entirely uncertain, the guest at hand is sure to hit the festival in stride.
4. Carl Cox
Carl Cox’s legacy as a global techno pioneer is unmatched. Complete with a record collection reaching the tens of thousands and a masterful ability to read festival crowds, Cox has held down his signature Carl Cox tent for more than a decade and now plays host to a wide variety of up and coming talent. Headed to Ultra this year? Do not skip out on Carl Cox.
3. Dubfire B2B Nicole Moudaber B2B Paco Osuna
Dubfire’s legacy as a minimalist pioneer makes even the prospect of seeing him alone promising, but Ultra’s programmers have outdone themselves with this back to back. With fellow techno stalwart Nicole Moudaber and ascending producer Paco Osuna in company, this “B3B” set will surely satisfy.
Jackmaster, Eats Everything, Skream and Seth Troxler. In what is best described as God itself, this four way B2B set is undoubtedly one of the most promising concepts Ultra has to offer on the weekend. All four of the techno and house producers/DJs are forthright in their own efforts, and the mixing and matching that goes on between EIGHT arms gives way to an entirely new breed of rhythmically precise builds. J.E.S.u.S will not only be one of the weekend’s most exciting sets, they may take over the city in the process.
1. Jamie Jones
When Wynn hotel in Las Vegas announced they’d be hosting the first ever tech house residencies the city has to offer — with Jamie Jones, Solomun, and Black Coffee as their desired subjects — it seemed a new era of dance music was being quickly ushered in. Jamie Jones’ history reveals an extensive back catalogue of pointed releases, as well as hundreds of live sets per year. The UK tech house pioneer’s DJ sets are a sight to see, without a doubt. However, the most important part about this booking is that Jones, for the first time, will play in Carl Cox’s massive megastructure. Fans are on the edge of their seats in anticipation of his groove heavy set being thunderously ushered in through the arena’s massive, world class sound system.