5 Dance Up & Comers to Check Out at Hot 100 Fest 2018
Grab your favorite tank top and put on some sunscreen: It's almost time to beat the heat with scorching performances from DJ Snake, Rae Sremmurd, Future and more at the Billboard Hot 100 Fest this weekend. Some primo dance talent graces the bill, including sets from Krewella, Matoma, NGHTMRE and more, but there are also some stellar up-and-coming DJs and producers you'd be remiss not to catch during the two-day festivities.
When you hit Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater on Saturday and Sunday, August 18 and 19, come prepared to get down all day long. Get there early to see this rising stars, so you can brag to all your friends in a year or two. Tickets are on sale now. Check this list of must-see up-and-comers below:
Phantoms - Saturday, Beach Stage, 5-5:45 p.m.
This delicious, dark-disco duo has been on tour in support of Chromeo, and the friends definitely learned a thing or two about stellar stage presence. Between hook-ridden mood music, Phantoms win crowds over with lots of wit and enthusiasm. They've also obviously put a lot of thought into the whole atmosphere and appearance of their performances.
Two Friends - Sunday, Beach Stage, 7-7:45 p.m.
This bicoastal pair have a slick handle on dance-pop melodies. Infectious grooves and warm, summery vibes have earned Two Friends official remixes for Lana Del Ray, The Chainsmokers, Tove Lo and more. The duo's original singles are just as smashing, and seeing the pair live is an even more energetic good time.
The Knocks - Sunday, Sun Stage, 4:30-5:15 p.m.
This New York City duo has been working the game for a decade, and people in the know have always loved The Knocks' nu disco, electro funk greatness. These guys can give it to you fast and funky, smooth and silky, summery or basement ready. They've collaborated with Matthew Koma and Wyclef Jean, and they want to be your go-to favorite.
Frank Walker - Saturday, Beach Stage, 1:45-2:15 p.m.
Tropical feels a-plenty when this rising artist hits the decks. He broke out on the Ultra main stage in 2017, and he's been hard at work cooking up beat after beat of feel-good, emotional dance-pop. His tune "Piano" with Emily Warren was bright and bouncy, and he just dropped a sun-kissed singalong called "Heartbreak" with Riley Biederer, so learn the lyrics.
TOKiMONSTA - Sunday, Hot 100 Stage, 7:40-8 p.m.
Another non-newcomer to the scene, LA scene queen TOKiMONSTA was just announced as the secret guest slot on the Hot 100 Fest lineup. Her sleek, sensual take on beat music has had heads drooling since 2008, but her most recent LP Lune Rouge earned a ton of interest across genres and dance floors both because of its arresting beauty and for the fact that the producer survived a threatening brain disease that forced her to relearn how to hear music, let alone make it. Cheer for the wonder woman as she takes a victory lap on the Billboard stage.