10 Acts to See at Electric Zoo 2017
With Wingtip, Grey, Deadmau5, Eric Prydz, Slushii, Alan Walker, Yotto and more.
Electric Zoo celebrates its eighth year of fun in the New York sun with a special hometown edition, the 6th Boro.
Themed around the iconic neighborhoods that give New York City the cultural backbone to be the most iconic metropolis in the world, Electric Zoo 2017 invites fans and artists from around the country and the globe to come together on Randall Island's vibrant fields Friday to Sunday this Labor Day weekend.
There are many different sights and sounds planned and Billboard Dance wants to give you the cheat sheet to sonic success. From newcomers to legends, here are our 10 favorite acts on the lineup.
Friday, Sept. 1
Wingtip, Hilltop Stage, 3 pm – 4 pm
A sweet, electro-pop sound emanates from Brooklyn. It's got waves of soul, R&B and future. It's smooth, funky and ready to please fans of all from The Chainsmokers to The xx. Wingtip's sound is full of organic instrumentation and lush electronic elements. His kick-off set Friday afternoon is the perfect way to get in the mood for a weekend full of dancing -- get there early and give it up to a hometown hero in the making.
Grey, Hilltop Stage, 5 pm – 6 pm
This handsome pair are the only people in the world Zedd has ever given his sample pack to. If that doesn't say enough for you to be down, consider the duo's polished electro-pop sound: Grey blends beautiful textures with cool grooves. You definitely know Grey's Zedd collab “Starving,” with Hailee Steinfeld, but the act's original, solo catalog hit just as hard. Don't miss your chance to catch the vibe.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is what legends are made of. The U.K. friends are one of the most famous pairs in dance music. They've rocked parties side by side for more than 20 years, but the sound is anything but played. Get ready to sweat it out to disco, house, techno and sounds so futuristic you won't believe your ears. Real heads know to never miss a Sasha and John Digweed presentation. Be there and close your first night out right.
Saturday, Sept. 2
Malaa, Riverside Stage, 7 pm – 8 pm
This mysterious Frenchman runs with Tchami and DJ Snake. Some think those production minds may be behind the mask, but it's not about the man, it's about the music. It's dark and edgy, overflowing with a grimy funk that'll bring booties to the ground across the festival field. These are dirty, sinister, devilish house beats. It's late-night bossin' served at sunset and you're gonna be hungry for more.
Above & Beyond, Main Stage, 9:30 pm – 11 pm
You've been raging all day. Chill out with one of the best trance acts to ever touch the decks. Above & Beyond's productions are iconic and its performances the stuff of dreams. An evening spent with these blokes will take you beyond the stars. Close your eyes, hold on to your friends and let the the waves of elation wash over your body, mind and soul.
Sunday, Sept. 3
Alan Walker, Main Stage, 3 pm – 4 pm
This young Norwegian looks like a ninja, but he sounds like an angel. His is a mix of future bass and electro-pop, big enough for festival fields, but personal enough for headphones in bed. His 2015 breakout hit “Faded” won him fans around the world, charting in 32 countries and nabbing him a performance at the Winter X Games before he even graduated high school. He's still in the early stages of his career, but things couldn't look brighter.
JOYRYDE, Riverside, 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm
House has never been so bassy. Hop in the car and let JOYRYDE take the wheel. His wild mix of dubstep and groove will leave you shook with excitement. A true creative mind, every aspect of JOYRYDE's sound and aesthetic is carefully curated to create an unforgettable experience on record and on stage. He's definitely one of the most promising up-and-comers on the scene, so don't sleep.
Yotto, Awakenings Stage, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Somewhere between trance, techno and house; between the dusk of twilight and the darkest night; between your quiet room and the thump of a packed club floor lies the magic of Yotto's sound. He's a darling of the Anjunadeep family, a fresh-faced star carving his own path in the electronic world. His rich, ethereal sound will hypnotize as the sun slowly casts shadows, settling into the final night.
Slushii, Riverside Stage, 7 pm – 8:15 pm
If you like your bass with a side of rainbows, this is the set for you. Marshmello's best friend Slushii will melt your face like a million lemon icees caught in the sun. He captivates audiences with his infectious stage presence, energetic originals and mind-blowing edits. He's a leader of the new school and his fellowship will only expand. Hop on board the candy-coated crazy train and hold on for dear life.
Electric Zoo left the best for last. The stars align behind the decks, two of the most influential talents in the modern electronic world. It's not the first time this dynamic duo has formed, but it's still a rare opportunity you have to experience to fully understand. Get rocked by grimy, dreamy, progressive style of two musical masters in a league all their own.