Ultra Music Festival released the second phase of its lineup, and while the biggest names in the list offer no big surprises, a number of other, smaller acts added to the bill demonstrate more of the festival's forward-thinking approach this year.
So here are the titans who will play (again): Paul Van Dyk and Armin Van Buuren. Another dance legend to play is Moby, who didn't appear at Ultra last year, but is generally always lurking around during WMC and thus seems not too rare.
But remember the heady days of the mid-Nineties when it looked like "rave music" (or whatever) might actually become mainstream, while still staying a little scary? Relive it all when the Prodigy headlines the second night! Actually, this is pretty awesome -- that day two of the festival is when acts like Crystal Castles and the Presets play. The addition of the Prodigy is a very smart, very, very epic way to link dance-rock past and present.
Other highlights include more bands like Late of the Pier, an English
act who bring Eighties cold wave a la Gary Numan back (again), and
fellow electro-rocking Brits the Whip. The great Perry Farrell himself will be bringing some sort of weirdness. Get Physical fans will lose their shit to Booka Shade and M.A.N.D.Y. vs. Tiefschwarz. Scarf-wearing minimal-lovers will drool over the additions of Richie Hawtin and Loco Dice. Lots to get excited about this year, for real!
Here are the other acts recently added:
Pendulum, David Guetta, Above and Beyond, Erick Morillo, Booka Shade,
the Swedish House Mafia featuring (Steve Angello, Axwell, Sebastian
Ingrosso), Benny Benassi, Rabbit In The Moon, Infected Mushroom, Fedde
Le Grand, Richie Hawtin, Luciano, Tiga, Kraak & Smaak, Dirty South,
Pete Tong, Steve Lawler, Boys Noize, Markus Schulz, Kaskade, Planet of
the Drums, Andy C + MC GQ.
And here is a complete list of all the acts announced so far:
FRIDAY, MARCH 27
Main Stage: Tiësto, Bloc Party, David Guetta, The Ting Tings, Deadmau5, Santogold, Steve Lawler, Perry Farrell, Late of the Pier.
Bayfront Stage: Pendulum Live, Roni Size Reprazent, Rabbit In The Moon, Craze & Klever, Kevens.
Carl Cox & Friends Stage: Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, Luciano, Loco Dice.
Mid Park Stage: Swedish House Mafia, Benny Benassi, Tiga, Dirty South, Busy P, Chris Lake.
SATURDAY, MARCH 28
The Prodigy, Paul Van Dyk, Armin Van Buuren, Eric Prydz, Above and
Beyond, Fedde Le Grand, Infected Mushroom, ATB, Kaskade, Markus
Bayfront Stage: Deadmau5, Bookashade, Cut
Copy, Simian Moblie Disco, Crystal Castles, M.A.N.D.Y. vs.
Tiefschwartz, Boys Noize, Hercules and Love Affair, The Presets, Kraak
& Smaak, The Whip.
Carl Cox & Friends Stage:
Carl Cox, Moby, Erick Morillo, Pete Tong, Elio Riso. The Mid-Park
Stage: Roni Size DJ Set, Planet of the Drums (featuring AK1200, Dara,
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