10 Of The Best Festival Sets Of 2014
GAIA at Ultra
This set from GAIA during Ultra may have made trance-lovers hearts skip a beat. Sticking to their true sound, GAIA made it easy for listeners to get lost in the rhythm.
Adventure Club at Coachella
The melodic dubstep group Adventure Club proved they are a forced to be reckoned with at Coachella this year. While playing songs off their EP, this set featured a delicate balance of tracks containing both electro-house and dubstep-focused beats. With special guests appearances from Krewella and The Kite String Tangle, this all-encompassing set makes the cut at number ten on the list.
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Written by Kelly Parker
Now that festival season is officially over, we are now left to reminisce about the amazing atmosphere, beautiful people, and most importantly, the music. After attending eight festivals and doing some investigation, I've highlighted some of the most distinguishable set lists from festival season. From Ultra to TomorrowLand, these artists left it all on stage and made a mar on this year's festival season.
Bassnectar at EDC NY
A very well-known festival artist, Bassnectar never fails to play a unique and original set. What makes this one special is his debut of "You & Me," which he played for the lucky New York crowd. Primarily a set dedicated to highlighting tracks off Noise and Beauty, Nectar definitely set the tone for the rest of the festival season.
Above & Beyond at Lollapalooza
The iconic Above & Beyond had a killer set at this year’s Lollapalooza. Thousands gathered and connected to their music that blasted at the Perry’s stage of Grant Park. This set is the perfect mix of tranquil and upbeat, enabling the listener to get lost in the deep house vibes.
Audien at Beyond Wonderland
Born and raised in the town of Mystic, Connecticut, who knew that small-town guy Nate Rathburn would be tearing it up at Beyond Wonderland? Ever since the release of "Leaving You," Audien’s unique sound has captivated many, allowing him to make his mark in the festival circuit. Playing his own tracks along side those of Galantis and W&W, this set is deserving of proper recognition.
Zeds Dead at EDC Las Vegas
The dynamic dubstep duo got the crowd screaming during their set at EDC Las Vegas. Known for their grimy and hardcore bass-like sound, this epic mix blended tracks off of all their EP’s. To close the night, Zeds Dead chose to end with "Blink," constituting an unpredictable and original set.
Kaskade at Ultra
The legendary Kaskade played nothing less than an extraordinary set at Ultra this year. After playing a plethora of his own tracks, Kaskade featured tunes from Benny Benassi, Dragonette and Sebastian Ingrosso. Dynamic and upbeat, Kaskade certainly did not disappoint.
Big Gigantic at Coachella
Being one of my favorite duos, the funky sounds of Big Gigantic were heard in the California hills at Coachella. Between Dominic’s saxophone skills and Jeremy’s drumming, the live instrumental performance aspect of their set is incomparable. To top it off, Big Gigantic welcomed a local high school marching band to the stage to help them play their infamous track "I Need a Dollar."
Klingande at TomorrowLand
Popping into the EDM scene a short two years ago, Klingande has grown into an immensely popular duo in tropical house genre. Showcasing their unique and calming sound, this set featured mixes of tracks from artists like La Roux and The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Oliver Heldens at EDC Las Vegas
The Netherlands native played an incredible mix on the Mainstage of EDC Las Vegas. Mixing his original tracks in with the vocals of Lana Del Ray and Jess Glynne, Oliver Heldens' set brought the meaning of "future house" to a whole new level.