Last year, Identity Festival turned out to be a real tease. There was the threat of a hurricane, and the party was canceled. So Miami never got the chance to get down.
But this summer, ID Fest is back. And this Saturday, SoFla ravers will finally fist-pump their way to glory, backed by a sick lineup that offers tons of earth-shattering bass, funky bass lines, and hard-core attitude.
Check out Crossfade's five most exciting Identity acts and start your anti-rain dances now.
Identity Festival 2012
Identity Festival 2012, with Eric Prydz, Wolfgang Gartner, Doctor P, Le Castle Vania, Madeon, Rye Rye, and others. 2 p.m. Saturday, August 4, at Bayfront Park's Klipsch Amphitheater, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-358-7550; bayfrontparkmiami.com. Tickets cost $40 plus fees via livenation.com. Visit idfestival.com.
Rye Rye. This feisty chica hails from Baltimore, and she's been kicking out the jams on the hip, underground dance scene for years. She broke through in 2006 with "Shake It to the Ground," a collaboration with Blaqstarr, going on to work with artists such as M.I.A., Diplo, and Crookers. With her colorful style and edgy presence, Rye Rye will no doubt bring the energy up to 11.
Le Castle Vania. This Atlanta-based DJ-producer is the man behind legendary monthly Fuck Yesss, a party famous for its reckless swagger. His original productions run the gamut from rave to funk, dubstep, and disco. Plus, LCV can remix almost anything into a fierce dance-floor masterpiece. Just check out his versions of Smashing Pumpkins' "Zero," the Virgins' "Rich Girls," and La Roux's "In for the Kill."
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Doctor P. Dubstep isn't what it used to be. And unless you're a total basshead, you might even be sick of all that wobbledy-wobble. Thankfully, the good Doctor P is here to see you, and he prescribes only the wonkiest bass lines. A pioneer of the genre, this Brit beat surgeon is best known for epic banger "Sweet Shop." But most recently, he showed the world his electro, funky side by teaming up with Dillon Francis on the hyphy track "Music Is Dead." So don't miss this quality dubstep set. Because sadly, you don't always get it this good.
Madeon. All right, we totally admit to having a French electro-house bias. There's something about the Frenchies — they just do it better. Take this kid, Madeon. He just turned 18, but he's already being hailed as one of the most talented and prodigious producers on the scene. He blew up with YouTube hit "Pop Culture," which mashed up 39 of his favorite songs into one massive piece of "Hell, yes!" And ever since then, Madeon has been on fire, even landing a spot on the Ultra Music Festival lineup.
Wolfgang Gartner. This Los Angeles electro master isn't new to the scene. But no matter how many times he kills it, we just want more. He slayed his set at Ultra this year, and new single, "Flexx," is so fire. Over the years, Gartner has worked with artists as talented and varied as Deadmau5, Skrillex, Will.i.am, and Tiësto. But come Saturday, it's gonna be all Wolfgang.