Finally the wait is over! Electric Zoo: The Big 10 phase one announcement is here. We promised that this year would be a party like no other, and we’ll be celebrating a decade as New York City’s premiere dance music festival with some of the most exciting acts in the global scene.
Sitting at the head of the table as veritable legends of the scene are Kaskade, Martin Garrix and the enigmatic Marshmello, three names that have dominated dance music and show absolutely no signs of slowing their role.
Dance music’s emotional boy genius Porter Robinson returns under his new moniker Virtual Self, delivering a big nod to the tech’d out trance sounds of the Y2K era. Progressive house wizard 3LAU also features, having just dropped his super warm, post-tropical new album Ultraviolet.
We’re also bringing influential Toronto duo Zeds Dead, English-Norwegian crossover star Alan Walker, and Illenium, whose pop-flecked dance floor anthems have placed him firmly as one of the scene’s next superstars.
The bass headz are going to be wonking out on this lineup, which sees legend Gramatik, Mad Decent regulars Boombox Cartel, LA’s agro bassheads Slander, OWSLA’s bass queen Mija, and US dubstep flagbearer 12th Planet. Doctor P is bringing us some fizzing electro dubstep from England, and he’s joined by fellow countrymen Troyboi. Atlanta is represented by Herobust, while at the sharper end of the spectrum sit gnarly bass instigators Riot Ten and 4B.
The eclectic low-slung jams of Zomboy, Krane and Eprom will all feature. Graves is bringing some atmospheric dubstep, with frequent Drake collaborator Ekali.
Notorious producers of the hilariously unsettling track ‘I Do Coke’ Kill the Noise, and NorCal hip hop heads Hippie Sabotage round out our bass acts.
Phase one also gives a lot of love to the #trancefam, with Above & Beyond’s seminal label Anjuna hosting their own stage at Ezoo. Genre legends Gabriel & Dresden, Andrew Bayer, Ilan Bluestone, and Jason Ross are set to charge Randall’s Island with some epic big room euphoria.
September brings with it the final shades of summer, and we’re bringing a stack of radiant pop-electro acts to bliss out our 10th birthday bash! Audien is arguably one of the icons sunbleached crossover house, while NYC-based smooth crooner Gryffin is rising up festival bills extremely quickly, as is frequent Illenium collaborator Said the Sky. San Holo is the next in a long line of dutch big room producers, with his track “Light” closing in on 100 million Spotify spins.
Cash Cash bring their radiant electronica, and Australia’s Anna Lunoe, who has been responsible for some of the warmest toplines of the last few summers, joins. Fillipino-born Manila Killa will deliver some blissed out tropical house vibes.
There has been two labels that have defined the conduit between mainstage bass and underground house music: Dirtybird and Night Bass.
DB’s hugely talented producer and DJ Justin Martin will be bouncing into Randall’s Island, joined by labelmate Shiba San, whose heater “Okay” was one of the most memorable underground anthems of the past five years.
Night Bass boss AC Slater will be coming in hot from LA, while Wax Motif—a longstanding and influential presence at the intersection of bass and house music—will be giving a masterclass in bassline-driven groove. Elsewhere, K?D will be twisting melons with own brand of eclectic weirdo house.
Underground house and techno heads, we can feel your dismay and we want to say just keep it calm! We haven’t forgotten about you. We’ve got another 50+ artists coming in our coming announcements, and amongst them will be some of the heaviest hitting names from the deepest depths of the underground.
Stay tuned as we’ll have more massive announcements for Ezoo: 10 in the coming weeks and months!