5 Dance Upstarts to Check Out at This Year's Hot 100 Fest

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Billboard Hot 100 Festival at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on Aug. 22, 2015 in Wantagh, N.Y. 

We are just weeks away from Major Lazer, Big Sean, DJ Khaled and many other stars gracing the stages of Billboard's annual Hot 100 Fest. 

The two-day event, taking place Aug. 19-20 at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY, will showcase numerous chart-toppers and rising acts. 

Billboard Dance has decided to spotlight some of the dance up-and-comers performing, below.

Justin Caruso - Friday

There's a reason why The Chainsmokers and Hot 100 Fest performer 3LAU have been backing Justin Caruso's work over the past couple years. The rising act has consistently churned out strong dance-pop releases and, if anything, has gained momentum in his release strategy switch from remixes to originals. 

Young Bombs - Friday

The free-spirited, lovable Young Bombs duo has been teasing fans with their pop-fused dance reworks for a few years now. While they've yet to drop an original record of their own, the group has managed to accrue tens of millions of streams from their remix catalogue. Young Bombs have given their unique spin to songs by Alessia CaraFifth HarmonyAlan Walker and several other noteworthy acts.

Party Favor - Friday

L.A.-based DJ and producer Party Favor is quickly ascending the ranks of dance music with his booty-popping, floor-shaking twerk anthems. Diplo has been a big believer in his music and released many of Party Favor's biggest tracks through his Mad Decent imprint. If you're looking to let loose and get down on Friday, look for the DJ with the chiseled jawline and spicy trap cuts. 

Le Youth - Saturday

Billboard Dance recently premiered Le Youth's infectious funk single "Clap Your Hands," and it's been on repeat since. In preparation for Hot 100 Fest's high-octane Saturday sets from Major Lazer and Marshmello, we suggest you jam and vibe out to Le Youth's performance. 

Whethan - Saturday

Chicago upstart Whethan is one of the most exciting acts on this year's lineup. At age 18, he's already worked with a handful of established names, including Flux Pavilion and Charli XCX?. The talented producer has dished out a handful of songs with Atlantic Records over the past year, and looks to continue winning over music listeners with his lighthearted electronic-pop sound.  

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