10 Must-See Acts at Electric Zoo 2018
This weekend marks 10 years of magical, musical mayhem at Electric Zoo. Beats will be unleashed, artists will come uncaged, and fans will let their spirit animals soar to all manner of awesome, hip-shaking electronic dance. Whether you're looking for pretty pop-forward melodies, deep, emotional trance or teeth-shattering basslines, there is something to be has at Randall's Island.
We here at Billboard Dance want you to experience the cream of the crop, whether it be underground favorites or established entertainers bringing their best. Outside of the excellent headliners Electric Zoo has onboard this year, we've gathered our 10 favorite acts on the lineup across Friday to Sunday, Aug. 31 to Sept. 2. Tickets for the festival are still available, if the list finds you so inspired. If you're already destined, dance your heart out.
Friday, Aug. 31
UNIIQU3 @ Sunday School Grove
The self-proclaimed Jersey Club Kween commands a very real kingdom of loyal subjects, counted among them taste-making supporters A-Trak, Diplo, Anna Lunoe, Cashmere Cat, Rae Sremmurd, Skepta, Hudson Mohawk and more. She's a maven of dark warehouse sound and bed-busting bounce, and her sonic vision hits new strides on her latest EP Phase 3, released this month on Nina Las Vegas' NLV Records. it's four tracks are blood-pumping club stompers perfect for hair flips, death drops and "Bubble Gum" pops. The only thing better than her mean-ass productions are her boss-level DJ mixes. Be there or miss a serious moment. -- KAT BEIN
Loud Luxury @ Main Stage
The Canadian duo hits the main stage this Friday, the same day as the release of their new single, "Love No More." The bigger story, however, revolves around their monster hit "Body" featuring Brando which has spent an incredible 38 weeks on Billboard's Hot/Dance Electronic Songs chart and is about to surpass 200 million streams on Spotify. Back in March, Loud Luxury were featured as one of Billboard Dance's artists to watch and on Sunday (Aug. 26), they won the iHeartRadio Much Music Video Award for song of the summer. -- DAVE RISHTY
Kayzo @ Riverside
2018 has been a big year of Kayzo. The globetrotting DJ and producer, who was listed as Billboard Dance's runner-up for breakout artist of the year in 2017 behind Rezz, has fueled his high-octane shows with plenty of new music. From his Overload album to his modern rework of Papa Roach's "Last Resort" and more, Kayzo has been flying by the competition. He'll be crushing the Riverside stage on Friday before handing the baton off to Zomboy to close it out. -- D.R.
Boombox Cartel @ Main Stage
There's a beauty to Boombox Cartel's balance of sounds. It's melodic and smooth, yet gritty and gut-wrenching. It's euphoric and uplifting, yet dark and menacing. Their latest release, "People I Know," is an curveball and a half with its 80's bop flavor, but fans have kept up and loved it all the same. Boombox Cartel takes on the main stage this year on Friday, August 31. You won't want to miss this. -- D.R.
Saturday, Sept. 1
Rezz @ Main Stage
Space Mom is gonna regulate - or should we say REZZulate - all over Randall's Island, casting her meditative spell on the slack-jawed masses. Her fans flock to her experimental bass techno like moths to a neon sign. Her audio-visual attack is a one-two punch of sensory overload. Her recent release Certain King of Magic continues where her debut Mass Manipulation left off. Come see what it is about her set that's so hypnotic for yourself. -- K.B.
DNMO @ Hilltop Arena
Aiden Morgan, more commonly known these days as DNMO, has been cutting through the electronic scene with his left-of-center, pop-laden bass beats. The underrated producer has been climbing the ladder lately thanks to a hefty co-sign from Zeds Dead who have been showcasing the up-and-comer on several Deadbeats shows. Listen to "Do It Better" and "Rogue." Head to Electric Zoo early on Saturday and catch this promising upstart. -- D.R.
Sunday, Sept. 2
Illenium @ Main Stage
If you're looking for accessible variety on the dance floor, look no further than San Francisco producer Illenium's headline performance. Once considered a mainstay of the future bass genre, this guy's worked his way through a landscape of sounds, incorporating the crunchiest of bass sounds, such as the depths of his recent Excision collab "Gold (Stupid Love)," into the soaring emotional heights of the deeply-personal "Take You Down," and even ethereal grooves like Awake cut "Taking Me Higher." -- K.B.
These three kings of progressive chords are bearing gifts that will shake your soul. Andrew Bayer has earned Grammy nominations for his beautiful, compelling compositions. He can melt a blue feeling into a warm red and, somehow, it all makes sense. Just check out his latest double LP In My Last Life. Ilan Bluestone brings a gritty techno edge to his trance recordings. Pulsing rhythms and neon synths light the night sky with mystery and intrigue. Jason Ross captures a pop sensibility both bold and familiar. Together, these three should craft a truly unique, energetic and dynamic set worthy of the Anjunabeats headline slot. -- K.B.
Medasin @ Hilltop Arena
Medasin was the face on Billboard Dance's February edition of Ones To Watch and has made significant leaps and strides since then, including the release of his Irene LP. If you're looking to vibe out to some buttery smooth beats and be taken on an emotional journey, roll over to the Hilltop Arena where Brownies & Lemonade are taking over. -- D.R.
Cray @ Hilltop Arena
Named one of Billboard Dance's Ones to Watch in April of this year, this L.A.-based producer and DJ masters the yin and yang of dance floor flow. Soft, blurry moods linger over biting percussion that sets your head knockin' without rockin' the boat. Her silky vocals send a message of romance on the dreamy "4Never" and perseverance on the hook-riddled "Peaches." An avid gamer, too, there's a colorful mood of fantasy throughout her growing catalog, and she'll bring that energy to life with some added oomph as she graces the stage as one of the Brownies & Lemonade fam. -- K.B.