The fourth iteration of EDC Orlando takes place this weekend on November 7 and 8 at Tinkerfield in Orlando, Florida. With an incredibly stacked lineup, choosing who to see may pose a significant challenge. To help all attendees out, we compiled a list of 10 must-see acts to check out over the weekend. From uplifting trance to g-house, this list covers all the bases and notes special circumstances that will make these performances even more enjoyable.
1. Steve Angello
The Swedish House Mafia alum is currently hard at work prepping the release of his new album Wild Youth. Even though he's going through a little record label trouble, Steve Angello's strengthening of his own SIZE Records helped foster the development of such artists as Ansolo, AN21 & Max Vangeli, and Dimitri Vangelis over the past year. His recent sets mark a return to the producer's traditional house roots, showcasing groovy basslines over clean big room drops. Angello rarely plays in Florida (aside from Miami of course), so do not miss this pretty rare set from one of EDM's most influential producers.
2. Indecent Noise
This year Insomniac took note of the trance genre and dedicated an entire day of it to the performers at the Neon Garden stage. One of the best acts on that lineup is the high-BPM, hard trance producer Indecent Noise. While many of the Neon Garden acts will play uplifting breakdowns, this Polish DJ keeps the energy level high over the span of his sets. A regular act for many Insomniac events, EDC Orlando marks the producer's first ever central Florida show. Hopefully set times place him later in the night, otherwise his high-BPM set will tire out all those early birds at the festival.
3. Amine Edge & DANCE
On Saturday, the Neon Garden stage will transform into a haven for deep and g-house fans, with some rare Florida appearances from a number of acts. Amine Edge & DANCE lead the pack, a duo helming the g-house movement and brilliantly fusing the flavor of old school hio-hop with funky house beats. 2014 has treated the French duo well, highlighted by a fantastic Essential Mix and the development of an upcoming album. As g-house furthur develops, Amine Edge & DANCE will considered by pioneers of the genre, and missing their set at EDC Orlando will prove to be a terrible mistake.
4. Arctic Moon
Another essential trance act to catch is Polish trance producer Arctic Moon. One of the leading figures producing traditional trance music, Arctic Moon favors uplifting breakdowns and hard bass over the recent trouse stylings of other trance music. To help promote the festival, the producer held a contest to win two VIP tickets through his Facebook page. While many trance acts come through Orlando, it's quite rare for a traditional trance act to come through and educate the crowds on proper trance music. Like Indecent Noise, we hope Arctic Moon plays when the sun goes down, the moon goes up, and the dark atmosphere primes for trance music short on cheese and high on energy.
5. Route 94
Also joining the ranks of proper house music being played at the Neon Garden stage on Saturday, Route 94 will surely play one of the best sets of the weekend. Another rare act to catch in Florida, this British musician's recent set at HARD Day of the Dead was championed as one of the best of the entire festival. His EP Misunderstood also released in July, exposing his deep tunes to fans all over the world. The success of singles like "My Love" increased his popularity in the UK, but Route 94 sits on the fringes of mass appeal in America as house music makes its comeback. It may be your only time to catch a fledgling producer before he blows up.
6) Above & Beyond
Three of the current trance movement’s most influential people, AKA Above & Beyond, is one act you can’t miss. Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness, and Paavo Siljamäki rule the trance scene. The trio has released single after single these past few months, and have even announced their next album We Are All We Need. This EDC performance will give the audience an idea of what to expect from the upcoming album. Check out their latest single, “We’re All We Need,” featuring vocals from Zoë Johnson below.
7) Knife Party
Australian duo Knife Party has also had an exciting past few months due to their continuous leaks off their forthcoming album Abandon Ship. Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen of the hard-hitting drumstep/electro house duo have released mind-blowing tracks such as “Resistance,” and “Begin Again.” EDC Orlando will serve as one of their last performances before the release of the album on November 24th, making this set not one to miss.
8) Green Velvet
Techno connoisseur Green Velvet is one of the kings of the lineup by far. If you’re looking for some groovin' techno, definitely make sure you find yourself at Green Velvet this upcoming weekend. Curtis Jones is prominently known for his quintessential techno track “Lazer Beams” with Harvard Bass, fellow EDC Orlando 2014 artist. Deriving from Chicago, Illinois, this pioneer is sure to bring the lazers, and his neon-colored hair makes it even harder to miss Green Velvet both on and off the stage.
9) Andrew Rayel
Residing on Above & Beyond’s record label Anjunabeats, Andrew Rayel has successfully established himself as one of the up-and-coming names within the trance industry. A major part of the Anjuna family, Rayel has produced legendary trance tracks that will continue to take over Group Therapy sessions for years to come. Producer of “One In A Million” featuring Jonathan Mendelsohn, “Eiforya” with trance icon Armin van Buuren, and “Dark Warrior,” Rayel is taking over the scene. Rayel has also participated in Armin’s A State of Trance, making him one trance star to keep an eye on.
10) SBCR DJ Set (The Bloody Beetroots)
Italian dance-punk group The Bloody Beetroots features the musical work of Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo, otherwise known as SBCR. Formed back in 2006, SBCR is a classically trained musician, primarily identified for his production skills and work with the keyboard and guitar. One interesting fact about SBCR is that he performs while wearing a Venom mask, meaning the identity of Sir Bob is truly under wraps. The electronic group is signed to record labels Dim Mak, Ultra Records, Ministry of Sound Australia, and more.