September 1, 2013
Posted by: The Kat
Each Labor Day Weekend, Made Event pulls out all the stops to surpass prior years’ top-tier lineups and over-the-top shenanigans, and 2013 is bringing the best additions yet–five immense stages, two of which are mega main stages. As the party goes on this weekend, we bring you the 5 acts that you MUST check out before the festival is over!
An internationally recognized dance music leader responsible for curating some of most cutting-edge DJs and producers on his musical movement, the Mad Decent label boss Wesley Pentz, aka Diplo, has been blowing up in the music circuit for some time now. The last few years have been spent headlining wild world tours and releasing hundreds of chart-topping hits, and now the man who has helped you Express Yourself through twerking is headlining one of two dynamic main stages for a live performance full of fresh beats and undoubtedly lots of booty. Also announced is his attempt to get 50 girls twerking onstage during his performance in an attempt to break (or create) a new world record. Wanna be one of those ladies? Be 18+ and email twerk4diplo[at]gmail[dot]com. Need to rehearse? Check out 15 people twerkin‘ for Diplo and get ready to twerk your a$ses off this weekend.
Don’t act as if you need an explanation as to why seeing the world’s #1 DJ live on the Electric Zoo main stage is a must, when we all know this goes without question. Countless number-one hit singles, the A State of Trance radio show and concert series, a new album, the upcoming Universal Religion 7 compilation, and the list goes on and on (and on). When it comes to bright lights, clear-cut sound, a killer track selection unique from other main stage performers, and all-around outstanding event production, no one does it quite like Armin van Buuren.
At the close of this Electric Zoo weekend, get ready for a Sunday school lesson that you will not forget. Drumcode leader Adam Beyer is taking over the tent this Sunday, and he’s bringing some of his bass-iest disciples along for the ride. With his recent drum-heavy releases on 10 Years Of SW4, expect all drums, all bass, all Sunday long with Adam, Victor Calderone, Ida Engberg, Nicole Moudaber, Joel Mull, Paul Ritch, and a very special live performance from Joris Voorn. If you’re looking for some ravenous techno thunder at an open-air festival to twiddle and toy with your daytime senses, then pack your school bag, and get ready for a lesson.
If there’s one man made to play huge outdoor festivals, it’s long-term leader in house music Fedde Le Grand. Known for his artistically loud and creative electronic music, Fedde is praised by countless fans and fellow artists as one of the single most defining figures in house music. His latest collaboration with Michael Calfan unleashes the Lion (and the love) within Fedde, so get ready for an unforgettably heart-pounding Zoo experience. Fedde will also be playing the offical Electric Zoo afterparty at Pacha.
This year, the Riverside tent is going through some exciting changes. Each day, a different label takes over to present some of their hottest must-see acts. On Sunday, get ready for the Dim Mak takeover, featuring top-of-the-line names in dance music like Clockwork, Felix Cartal, Autoerotique, and the phat, fresh British duo Chase & Status. Saul Milton (Chase) and Will Kennard (Status) together with MC Rage & Andy Gangadeen make up the electronic band whose live performances are full of high energy, cross-genre music, and tons of surprises. With two star-studded studio albums on their plate, featuring collaborations with major artists such as Plan B, Cee Lo Green, Rihanna, and Tinie Tempah, the boys now hit Electric Zoo before their brand new Machine Tour takes off this fall.
If you’re looking for truly outlandish zoo fun, check out Australian underdogs Yolanda Be Cool, an electronic dj duo made up of Sylvester Martinez, aka Andrew Stanley, and Johnson “Durango Slim” Peterson. What started as an innocent collaboration to sample 1956 Neapolitan language hit Tu Vuò Fà L’Americano turned into the hit dance single We No Speak Americano, released on the duo’s indie label, Sweat It Out, and the rest, my friends, is history. If you’re looking for a live performance that thinks outside the box, don’t miss Yolanda Be Cool, and keep an eye out for their cover version of Ace of Base All That She Wants featuring Cedric and Fritz from Azari & III, coming out soon on Dim Mak.
If you animals haven’t done so already, get your last minute Electric Zoo tickets here. See you on the dancefloor!