10 Must-See EDM Acts At Summer Camp Music Festival
With Summer Camp Music Festival less than a week away, we wanted to quickly go over the 10 EDM acts that you can’t afford to miss. When you take into consideration that Summer Camp is not even an EDM-oriented festival, it’s pretty impressive how many recognizable names appear below. From dubstep to trap, house to electronic, the wide variety of music available for your listening pleasure is truly astonishing.
Bro Safari has a sound that has definitely evolved over the past few years. Regardless of what EDM subgenres you may enjoy most, this promises to be a set that every bass-friendly individual should definitely mark on their calendar. Considering that he is scheduled to play on the Starshine Stage from 7:00-8:00pm during the first official day (Friday) of the festival, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he’ll turn in a positive performance. I’m also intrigued to see how the SCMF crowd reacts to his bangin’ productions, because things could get very heavy, very quickly! Bro Safari’s been praised by some of the most popular names in EDM business—don’t you want to know what all the fuss is about?
Summer Camp thought Manic Focus was so nice this year that they asked him to play twice. And let’s just say that John “JMac” McCarten is not in the business of disappointing his ridiculously loyal fans. Truth be told, he’s one of the few artists at this entire festival who can appeal to all of the demographics attending. Drawing on strong influences from hip-hop, bluegrass, and electronic, Manic Focus never likes to put a label on the style of music he chooses to produce. One of the other great aspects of his live sets is that he plays 100% original material, which has become somewhat of a rarity nowadays. You can watch Manic Focus perform in the Red Barn on Thursday night (from 11:00-12:15am) or underneath the Vibe Tent from 1:15-2:15am on Friday evening (Saturday morning). Expect plenty of fresh tunes—JMac always has some tricks up his sleeve.
The genre of dubstep doesn’t receive that much attention at this particular festival. This is precisely why you have to make a point to catch Dirt Monkey when he plays on Saturday night. His set is going to be as filthy as they come. This producer has grown an immeasurable amount during the past couple of years and his most recent releases have been garnering plenty of attention from well-respected names in the EDM industry. Scheduled to close out the Vibe Tent from 3:00-4:00am on early Sunday morning, only the true EDM troopers will still be fully raging for his entire set. Think you got what it takes? Well, there’s only one way to find out.
When it comes to trap music, I’m pretty clueless. When it comes to UZ, I’m even more clueless. But here’s what I do know: every single one of my friends that knows trap music absolutely loves this producer. So that right there pretty much says is all. While Summer Camp is clearly not a festival loaded with trap acts, one of EDM’s thriving genres still manages to have somewhat of a presence. After garnering support from the likes of Diplo, Flosstradamus, & Skrillex, it shouldn’t shock anyone when this artist brings out a healthy crop of bass music diehards. Booked to play the Vibe Tent from 9:00-10:00pm on Saturday night, UZ provides a great alternative for anyone requiring a break from Umphrey’s Mcgee.
There’s not a bigger or better name in the drumstep world than Figure. In 2012, he performed on one of the smallest stages that the Summer Camp had to offer. This year, he’ll be upgrading his digs to the warm surroundings of the Vibe Tent. As one of the final sets scheduled to take place at Summer Camp 2014, his 1:15-2:45am time slot on Sunday night (Monday morning) will surely attract anybody looking to close out the weekend with a bang. Figure’s brutal brand of bass music won’t just get you sweaty; it’ll leave you drenched from head to toe! By this juncture of the festival, you’ll either need to go hard or go home. The choice is yours.
It’ll be very interesting to observe how the Summer Camp crowd responds to the Bristol-based duo of KOAN Sound. Dabbling in various EDM subgenres, this pair of producers has quickly become experts at manufacturing some of the highest quality glitch hop, dubstep, and neurohop on the planet. I was fortunate enough to watch the duo open for 12th Planet just over a week ago, and if their SCMF set is even remotely similar, I can’t wait to see the reactions on people’s faces. Minds will be blown. From 10:00-11:00pm on Saturday night, the Starshine stage is the place to be. Be sure to bring a good attitude and a lot of enthusiasm to this set—you’ll be glad you did.
The M Machine (Live)
Well, apparently The M Machine enjoyed Summer Camp Music Festival so much last year that they just had to come back this year. I can’t say I blame them because their show did amass one of the better EDM gatherings of the entire weekend. The weather had been dreadful for the whole festival and the rain just never seemed to stop. As the trio took to the sheltered (thank god) stage, you could see the rain outside of the Vibe Tent falling at an increased rate. It was as if the intensity of the weather was increasing along with the rising action in their electrifying tunes. The guys are penciled in to play Sunday morning (Saturday night) at the Starshine Stage from 12:00-1:00am, so if you’re looking to create a memorable experience, you know where to go.
It wouldn’t feel like a summer festival without getting in some Gramatik. These electronic music all-stars have torn up stages at Summer Camp in the past and will be doubling down on their performances yet again this year. After turning the Red Barn Stage (which is the host for after shows) upside down with Big Grizmatik’s first show ever last year, Denis and Eric of Gramatik will be completely in control this time around. If you have the chance, I’d strongly recommend catching their limited capacity late night set at 1:00-2:15am, Saturday night (early Sunday morning). Gramatik’s other performance will take place at the Sunshine stage on Sunday night from 11:45-1:00am. Make sure to be there.
There’s nothing like mixing hippies and house music, am I right? Okay, maybe they’re not quite peanut butter and jelly, but believe it or not, this is one show that all Summer Camp attendees should enjoy. The electro house vibes of Wolfgang Gartner have developed a reputation for being extremely infectious. If you’re seeking the ideal opportunity to boogie to some beautiful bass music while the sun is slowly setting in the background, then say no more: this set is sure to exceed your expectations. Wolfgang Gartner is slotted to play Sunday night from 8:15-9:15pm on the Moonshine Stage. It’ll surely be a safe haven for anybody seeking a high-energy house set.
2014 has been a fairly quiet year for Bassnectar, but that’s all about to change. In the last couple weeks alone, new tracks like “Now” and “Ephemeral” have been making the rounds on the interweb. With his new album due out on June 24th, there’s no doubt that Lorin will be showcasing tons of previously unheard material in his upcoming sets. Conveniently enough, Summer Camp is one of his first stops of the festival season. He’s scheduled to play from 10:30-11:45pm on Sunday night at the Moonshine Stage, and I’d recommend getting there early if you want a decent spot. Bassnectar’s set won’t just be one of the best EDM performances of the weekend, it’ll be one of the best performances, period, end of story.
Honorable Mentions: The Floozies | HeRobust | Robotic Pirate Monkey | Wick-It The Instigator