Today, being the day before the festival kicks off, I will be creating a preview of all the artists I’m trying to see. Mysteryland has a pretty stacked lineup, so I will undoubtedly need to actually sleep during the night, which can be quite a feat at these things. It all kicks off tomorrow waiting in line to get in. The gates open to the parking lot at nine am, so you can bet I’ll be there by about eight. For a three day event, if you’re doing it right, you need to be there and situated early, which gives time to prepare, get a good spot, and socialize a little (or a lot)– oh yeah, and definitely nap.
Splurt will be playing in the bed of a Red Bull truck in the Holy Grounds campsite. He’s set to go off at three pm and slated to go until five. Thrilled to be seeing him in his debut. It will be undoubtedly an interesting setting in Bethel, NY in the campground, playing out of the back of a truck. I will be rallying forces to swamp him. Check out his exclusive road to Mysteryland mix if you haven’t already.
Mr. Carmack and Gesaffelstein are playing back to back at the mainstage the first night. Also, Odesza will be closing out night one there, going on at eleven-thirty after Gesaffelstein wraps up. Odesza is kind of “meh” for me, but then again, I don’t have much experience with them. Will be good to end the night on a mellow vibe. I’m more excited to see Mr. Carmack, who is a premier French DJ with a lot of style and flare. He creates what one might call “space music.” He is low key in a similar way to Odesza, but with a little more of an interstellar vibe. Gesaffelstein, in contrast, is a little nuttier. The Dutchman is a little more frantic and dramatic. It will be interesting to see how he fits in between two chiller artists. Mr. Carmack, for one, is a very eclectic and diverse artist, so he might put a spin on the back end of his set to form a better segue.
^This is what I mean by a “a little more frantic and dramatic,” LOL.
David Guetta and Showtek were recently accused of ripping Gesaffelstein’s “Pursuit” in their release “The Death of EDM.” And, if you take a listen, you’ll find that there’s some verity to the claim.
On Saturday I’ll be in the festival grounds by five pm at the latest to see Gladkill at The Boat stage. Gladkill has gained acclaim lately after touring and opening for Bassnectar. Spacey, interstellar wobbles and a meditative/trance-like style are his strength. He uses eight bit samples a lot and reminds me of Panty Raid.
After Gladkill I’ll be heading over to the main stage for The Floozies. The Floozies are a brother duo who also share a love of funk. They’ve toured and opened for Griz before and are definitely what some might call “authentic artists,” using primarily guitar and drums with a range of synths and samples to keep it fresh.
Up next I’ll check out Black Tiger Sex Machine at the boat, who look pretty intense as their name might suggest. Then back to the main stage to check out Tchami, but heading back to the boat shortly to see G Jones. Very excited about G Jones. Don’t believe I’ve seen him before, but he was touring with Bassnectar and his sound is similar to Lorin’s, which works for me. Might try to see a little of The Chainsmokers set, but interested to get vibey with Emancipator. The night will be ended off with Skrillex playing at main stage and Gramatik playing at The Boat, so I’ll be running back and forth!
The lineup for the last day provides some motivation to make it there unscathed and to perhaps save a little extra energy in reserve. Mija plays the boat at six pm, so will be on the grounds by then. Then I will be posted at the main stage because Keys N Krates is playing at seven-thirty, then Griz, then Zeds Dead, then Bassnectar. Pretty much the most ridiculous succession of artists I’ve ever seen. Oh, and Griz, Zeds Dead and Bassnectar will most likely all have new music. I’ll be back for a recap post next week!