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8 Acts You Don't Want to Miss at Ultra Music Festival

With the 2017 edition of Ultra Music Festival only a week away thousands of eager travelers are in the process of trying to decide who they want to see. From Datsik to Ice Cube, the 2017 lineup provides more artist variety than ever, but with so many great artists performing, trying to decide who you should see can be an absolute headache. To assist you in your planning here are eight of the most exciting acts performing at Ultra Music Festival this year.

ZHU

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Known for his eerie and dark style of house music, Steven Zhu has just come off a huge 2016 with the success of his Neon City tour as well as the release of his debut album Generationwhy. With his recent remix of Migos’ hit “Bad and Boujee” and his new single “Nightcrawler” it seems as though Zhu is already gearing up to take this festival circuit by storm in what’s sure to be another big year for the mysterious producer.

Catch Zhu’s set on Friday at 9:30pm at the Live Stage.

GETTER

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One of the stars of Skrillex’s OWSLA Collective, Tanner Petulla’s dubstep roots have help him create one of the most unique and polarizing sounds in electronic music today. His new single “Inhalant Abuse” serves as the first release on his newly announced label, Shred Collective, and picks up right where his “What The Frick” EP left off, further exploring his hybrid sound.

Bound to be one of the most polarizing sets of the festival, you can catch Getter at 9:00pm on Sunday at the Worldwide Stage.

REZZ

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Mau5trap artist Isabelle Rezazadeh aka Rezz has drawn major attention over the last year for her dark, glitchy sound that has drawn comparisons to Gesaffelstein and Mau5trap label boss himself, Deadmau5. Although difficult to place, Rezz has managed to create a sound that is uniquely her own, influenced by the darker sides of house and techno.

Hit the Worldwide Stage, Sunday at 5:00pm for Rezz’s can’t miss Ultra debut

SASHA & DIGWEED


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The last time Sasha and John Digweed took the stage together at Ultra was in 2007, now the legendary duo have finally reunited after a decade absence and with the expansion of Ultra’s Resistance concept. Ultra has just announced that Sasha & Digweed will be headlining the upcoming Resistance residency in Ibiza as well as the Resistance World Tour taking the underground focused Resistance brand globally.

For any progressive house fan, Sasha & Digweed’s two hour set at 8:00pm on Saturday under the Megastructure will be a staple of the weekend.

NWYR

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Earlier this year W&W announced their new side project, NWYR (pronounced New Year) explaining that this project will be their return to trance after several years of big room production under the W&W moniker. While little else is known about the project at this time, the duo have collaborated with fellow Dutchman Armin Van Buuren on a self titled single as well as their remix of Ed Sheeran’s “Castle on the Hill.”


For anyone looking to get their fill of trance at Ultra the Megastructure is the place to be on Sunday. NWYR is set to perform 8:00pm

FRANK WALKER

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Very little is known about Frank Walker, with a scarce social media presence and only three tracks on Soundcloud it has left many wondering how the DJ is making his Ultra debut at the Mainstage. Interestingly enough his manager Myles Shear also happens to be the manager of tropical house giant Kygo. This has sparked the interest of many to speculate that there may be something special planned for Frank Walker’s debut. It’s certainly worth checking out the Mainstage on Saturday afternoon to see what the buzz is about, you may be surprised.

Frank Walker will be playing at 1:50pm on Saturday at Ultra Main stage.

JOYRYDE

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This car centric DJ/Producer has gone from relatively unknown to becoming one of the most exciting acts in the business in just a few short months. His #SwerveHouse sound is an infectious type of bass house with a tempo evoking a feeling comparable to flying down the highway. With his tracks drawing support from names like Tchami, Knife Party, Jauz, and Skrillex you can expect Joyryde to be one of the hottest acts at Ultra this year and is bound to put down a set that needs to be experienced.

Joyryde will be playing Saturday at 6:15pm when OWSLA takes over the UMF Radio stage.

JUSTICE



Iconic French house duo Justice is embarking on their “Live! Woman World Tour” in support of their newest album Woman, and are making one of their only United States appearances at Ultra to close out the Live Stage. Justice last performed at Ultra in 2012 when they put down a legendary set at the main stage. The opportunity to see Justice is rare and because of this it is sure to be one of the most popular sets of the weekend. Make sure you’re at the Live Stage on Sunday night for an unforgettable set by one of the true legends of dance music.


Justice is set to go on at 10:10pm on the main stage.

Cover photo courtesy of Ultra at RDGR.com

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Graeson Welsh Contributing Writer

Baltimore club made me but Swedish house raised me.

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