Moonrise Festival: 10 Artists You Can’t Miss!

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On August 8th and 9th Moonrise Festival returns to Baltimore for its second year. Taking place in the historic Pimlico Race Course, home to the Preakness Stakes, the 2-day commuter event features a good mix of EDM artists from headliners Above & Beyond and Bassnectar, to artists like Big Gigantic, Porter Robinson, and Knife Party. With multiple stages to choose from and such a diverse lineup, we decided to give you a roadmap with 10 artists you definitely can’t miss.

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Porter Robinson


Porter has grown and evolved into one of the most creative and forward-thinking dance music producers in the game (see Lionhearted and Language). His “Worlds” tour was one of a kind with a futuristic, see-through booth, mind-blowing graphics, and live keyboarding. Grab a spot and get ready to stay there for his whole set because it’s one cohesive adventure from start to finish!



Audien’s music speaks for itself but in case you didn’t know, the young American producer has stunned the world with his beautiful progressive house, trance, and electro house originals and remixes (see his Pompeii remix and Leaving You), garnering support from the world’s top DJs including Above & Beyond, Tiesto, Armin van Buuren, and countless others. Bring your friends and sing along to this one.


Now on to a couple sets that you’ll sweat your ass off at. Brillz turns up like no other, which should be expected from an artist who started his career from a break dance background. Besides being one of the hypest DJs out there, he’s also extremely well-respected for his complex mixing of trap, dubstep, and hip hop, often mixing 3 or more songs at once. He’s also fairly rare to catch in concert. Make sure you fill up your camelback before you hit this set, you’ll need it.

Yellow Claw

Here’s part two of sets that you won’t be able to stop jumping during. Besides the fact that their clothing line is cool as shit, Yellow Claw is a trap trio from Amsterdam that has been known to start riots (just listen to Legends and watch their EDC set). Seriously, you probably won’t see a bigger mosh pit at Moonrise than with these guys. Also make sure your camelbacks are at full capacity for this one or you’ll be sorry.

Above & Beyond


You might need a tissue for this one. Three of the nicest guys in the industry making some of the most positive trance music (see “We’re All We Need” and “Alchemy“) for the last 15 years. Known to bring one lucky fan on stage to press the button to start their song, they supplement this positive gesture with equally uplifting messages on the screen and beautiful light shows. Finish your night off on a warm and fuzzy note with Above & Beyond.



A slightly different vibe then our last one but equally massive fan base and reputation. Bassnectar’s following is unlike any other in all of music. When he’s added to a festival, it draws audiences from all over the country who come running to see his other-worldly bass music masterpieces. Known for his long hair and beyond trippy visuals, this set just might blow your mind. Close out your night with the biggest crowd of the festival and ready your neck for some hard head rocking.

Big Gigantic


The funky duo, consisting of a drummer and saxophone player, have one of the biggest and most dedicated followings in all of dance music. Their live performances of uniquely-blended, hip hop-infused jazz music are extremely groovy. Also some of the funniest guys in the scene if you meet them (see our interview with them at Spring Awakening). Big Gigantic could have easily been the headliner of this festival.


Bred from Icon Collective Music Production school (which boasts alumni such as Jauz, Slander, and Protohype to name a few), rookie MVP NGHTMRE produces some of the most masterfully-engineered and complex trap music in the game right now. The young producer hit the scene just over a year ago with a slew of remixes and collaborations (see his “No Type” Remix and “Power”), and just recently released his first original with Mad Decent in the form of “Street” (above) which has earned a ton of DJ support and buzz. This is someone you definitely need to look out for.

Die Antwoord

Just watch that music video. This is definitely the rarest artist you’ll see at Moonrise. Hailing all the way from South Africa, the rap-rave duo doesn’t hit festivals very often but that’s not the only reason this is a unique set – their music videos and personas are batshit crazy. Known for their extremely creative and over-the-top music videos, the group grew such a huge buzz and had everyone wondering what their story is and how to see them live. Well, here’s your chance – don’t sleep on Die Antwoord.

Dillon Francis

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One of the biggest personalities in EDM, Dillon Francis continues to make incredibly energetic and bouncy moombahton and trap music (see “Get Low” and “Not Butter”) while also entertaining with his hilarious social media antics. His sets are straight up jumping-and-dancing parties from start to finish – a guaranteed good time.

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