If you haven’t heard by now, Mysteryland will be making its debut in the United States this Memorial Day weekend (May 24th and 25th). This is one of those festivals that may be flying under the radar for many dance music fans because this is the inaugural year of the festival in the United States. However, we’re here to tell you that Mysteryland is going to be one of the most exciting EDM festivals of the year.
Mysteryland’s location is impressive enough on its own, taking place at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the site of the legendary 1969 Woodstock festival. On the festival's bill are Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Nicky Romero, Big Gigantic, Moby and Dillon Francis, along with nearly 200 other DJs. On top of that, Mysteryland will feature distinctive elements unlike any other EDM festivals in the United States. Just some of these include live art installations and theatrical performances, a Healing Garden, a rodeo, and dozens of secret areas for the attendees to explore.
Still not convinced? Well, here’s my personal spiel that may persuade you to buy your tickets before they sell out (hint – they’re selling fast). First, in my experience traveling to festivals across the country, the ones that I have enjoyed the most are those that fly under the radar. Many of these festivals went under the radar because it was the festival’s first year and people were hesitant to attend a festival they knew nothing about. However, nearly all of the people who usually attend these festivals are there for the love of the music. Sometimes after a festival builds a reputation, people attend because of the hype they heard from their friends about how crazy it was. What makes Mysteryland different from these other inaugural fests is that it’s actually the world’s longest-running electronic music festival from the Netherlands; precedent has been set, and the organizers have decided to bring the festival to the United States.
Mysteryland is run by ID&T, long known who their extraordinary production. Anyone who has attended an event that ID&T produces will tell you that they are purely magical. TomorrowWorld was my first experience with an ID&T event, and the level of detail in everything they do is completely unrivaled by anything I have seen.
Here are some other features of Mysteryland that should help convince you to attend:
1. It’s A Camping Festival
Camping for the Holy Grounds (on-site) are sold out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still get in on the fun. There are satellite camping grounds with shuttles that run to the festival. If you have never camped at a festival before, it’s an incredible experience that really bonds the entire community together. You don’t have to camp if you attend Mysteryland, but you should.
2. Brand New Main Stage
TomorrowWorld re-used its infamous stage from the previous years at Tomorrowland in Belguim, but the creators of Mysteryland have created a brand new stage that will represent the nomadic journey of Mysteryland across the globe.
3. The Other Stages
What makes Mysteryland unique is its broad array of mini fests and events happening at the smaller stages (and if they’re anything like TomorrowWorld, the stages will be anything but small). The Sunday School Mini-Fest hosts more of the underground talent of the festival over three different areas: The Big Top tent will feature techno, a wood and mirrored Spiegeltent will host a Visionquest showcase featuring the founding members and label mates, and a Vinyl-Only stage that will bring back the lost art of vinyl DJing while re-creating a club-like environment.
The Boat, which has traveled around the world from Mysteryland events in The Netherlands and Chile, will be the stage for all the bass music fans. Fans of Big Gigantic, Chase & Status, Zomboy, Paper Diamond and Bro Safari will be at this stage for much of the festival. Don’t forget that the premiere of Dillstradamus, the Dillon Francis and Flosstradamus super group, will close out the festival on The Boat.
Finally, fans of hardstyle will not want to miss the first Northeast showcase of Q-Dance in an indoor tent. If you enjoy faster BPM and letting loose, this will be the place to be. Hardstyle has been on the rise, especially in the United States, and I recommend that fans give this tent a try. Recently, we featured an article titled True Life: Hardstyle Is Growing On Me that shows how one of our writers has grown to really love the genre after experimenting with it.
If you're still not convinced that Mysteryland will be the talk of the industry by the end of Memorial Day weekend, check out the full lineup below to see what you’ll be missing.