Over 85 artists are heading to Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course this August 9th & 10th for an inaugural gathering of Moonrise Festival. With headlining acts Kaskade and Bassnectar closing each night and a collection of world-renowned artists such as Adventure Club, Carnage, Infected Mushroom, Rusko, DJ Snake, and Tommy Trash making their appearances as well, there is clearly no shortage of quality music to catch and enjoy throughout the weekend's festivities. On top of these chart-topping artists, there are plenty of other up-and-coming talent that will be performing at Moonrise Festival this year as well. EDM.com has collected ten of our most anticipated acts to see so that you can make the most of your time at Moonrise Festival. Read through the list of acts below and let us know who else you plan to see!
Australia's own Anna Lunoe has gained increasing notoriety for her productions and performances as of late. From the grooving vibes present in her single "All Out" to the club-driven drum patterns evident in "Bass Drum Dealer," Anna Lunoe has led a broad yet captivating style of house music that cannot be contained. On top of being a producer, singer, and songwriter, the young OWSLA member also posses an incredible mixing prowess that she developed as a radio dj while living in Sydney. Her mix for Diplo & Friends on BBC Radio1 this last April and performance at Electric Forest earlier this summer both can attest to her distinctive song selection and mixing skills.
If you're a fan of Dillon Francis, then you need to see the man who mentored him and taught him how to produce. Cory Enemy has been producing for a long time (he played the first ever HARD event in 2006), but took some time away from the electronic scene in 2012 and 2013 to work on other projects. He's produced eveything from dubstep to pop music, but has never really pushed his own music until quite recently. Cory is finally giving his own music a chance and has already released a bunch of crazy new tunes. He's incredibly talented and played a great set at EDC Las Vegas, so you'd be wise to check out what he has to show at Moonrise!
Long-time trap aficionado CRNKN has taken a new direction in his productions, most notably seen in his last EP The Clearing and recent single "Still." Despite taking these unprecendented approaches to his sound, CRNKN has truly broken from his shell and exposed his followers to an entirely new side to his name. His last mix titled ".3514" goes on a boundless journey through hip-hop, house, trap, and jersey club with finesse and style. With his arsenal of new tunes both released and still in the crates, there is a lot to look forward to at CRNKN's performance this year.
For those previously unaware, Evol Intent is the neuro/drum & bass project created by Bro Safari, Treasure Fingers, and Computer Club. The veteran group has led the American drum & bass scene for over 5 years, only taking moderated hiatuses to develop their own individual careers. The group's most recent releases, a collaboration with NOISIA called "Long Gone" and a menacingly heavy original "Under The Radar," testify to the group's long-standing command of sporatic drum rhythms and neuro-bass sounds, and relinquishes any doubt of them "losing their touch."
The mastermind behind the Monsters of Drumstep series, horror-film inspired producer/dj Figure has shown no mercy in his history of mind-numbing productions and destructive live performances. The Indiana-based act has pioneered a raw and ruthless style of dubstep, drumstep, and drum & bass, and his most recent freebie "Friday the 13th" is a perfect example of his frighteningly catchy productions. With the next installment of MoD dropping later this fall, Figure's upcoming performance will be unlike anything we've seen from him before.
Classically-trained deep house connoisseur jackLNDN might be an unfamiliar name to many, but he is increasingly entering the spotlight thanks to his soothing and euphoric sound. At the mere age of 20 years old, this growing house phenom has already shared the stage with acts like Annie Mac, Kissy Sellout, Skream, and Crookers to name a few. Since winning Cazzette's world-wide remix competition, he has gone on to release a handful of other singles including his debut EP Drop Out earlier this year. If you're looking for tropical vibes, uplifting melodies, and a smile on everyone's faces, we suggest you check out jackLNDN's set at Moonrise Festival.
"These boots were made for hopping in zero gravity." No truer words can be spoken to decribe the intergalactic vibes instilled into Moon Boots' tunes. Not much is known about the nu-disco and French house producer/dj other than the fact that he harnesses a mystifying technique in his production of house music. Notable releases from the mysterious producer include his remix of CHVRCHES' "The Mother We Share" and his remix of Bondax's "Gold." With fall nearing, it should be on everyone's checklist to catch Moon Boots' summer-filled set and enjoy the sunny weeks that remain.
Anyone who has had their "ear to the ground" in the last year should at least be aware of the musical genius that is Mr. Carmack. The Hawaiin's astonishing beats and rhythms found their way into the hearts of the LA-based Soulection crew quite in 2012, and since then it has provided him with the platform to help launch his inspiring career. With over 8 EPs already to his name, Mr. Carmack is more than just a producer, he's a tastemaker, and his set at Moonrise will undoubtedly provide an assortment of delicious beats and intrumentals to dance to.
The deep house dynamo Shiba San practically appeared out of nowhere last year with his killer remix of Chris Malinchak's "So Good To Me," and has gone to release a handful of sub-thumping house hits for labels such as Ditybird, Cuff, and more. His single "OKAY" made its way to the top of the Beatport Top 100 House tracks for 3 months straight, and it has solidifed a prestigious position for him in the house community. If his set at Moonrise is anything like his numerous live performances available for listening on his SoundCloud, he will without a doubt provide the deepest set of the weekend.
When it comes to creating hybrid trap floor-destroyers, very few artists do it quite like Montreal's Snails. The Kannibalen Records-member has already seen incredible success in 2014 thanks to the releases of "Dirty Raxx" featuring Panther and his collaboration with Antiserum on "Wild," and he shows very little sign of slowing down. His newest "SnailedIt!" mix showcases the vast diversity in hybrid sounds that he produces and incorporates into his live mixes, and with Moonrise Festival right in the middle of his American tour, it's safe to say we can expect a lot of his signature "vomit-step" at his upcoming performance.