As festival sizes retreat from the 100,000-person behemoths of the earlier parts of the decade, the small- to mid-sized, jam-friendly festival is to thriving once again. The newest entry into the canon is Austin, Texas’s Waterloo Festival, a three-day throwdown in the “liberal” confines of the 58-acre Carson Creek Ranch. The property is already well-known to trance fans and beer hounds alike via other festivals that call it home. The next bunch to fall in love with its pecan groves? Fans of the String Cheese Incident.
The end of August means two things: Pumpkin Spice everything is back on the menu (boooo) and it’s time for America’s reigning king of EDM fests, Electric Zoo (yayyyyy!).
Festival season concludes one week from today with a three-day-long torrent of lasers, confetti, and bass on Randall’s Island at the 10th annual Electric Zoo. New York City’s annual end-of-summer dance ritual may be a Mecca for pyrotechnics, gonzo rave attire, and big-room EDM trappings, but it remains steadfast in showcasing top-flight dance music from all corners. While its stage design announcements usually grab as much attention as its headliners, just peer down the lineup and you’ll find as much diversity in the smaller fonts as there is in the cages at the Bronx Zoo.
A curious thing happened when Brooklyn Vegan polled its audience on the best daily lineup for New York City’s Panorama. The overwhelming favorite wasn’t Friday, which features the pop titans that backer AEG is known best for curating at Coachella. Maybe you’ve heard of it as Panorama’s (slightly) more popular West Coast cousin. It also wasn’t Saturday, where a certain musical royal family member finally assumes top billing at an American festival. It was the day that prefers guitars to bars, drum kits to drum machines, and and stagecraft to light shows.
Featuring more than 300 artists on 17 stages, this year’s 25th anniversary of Mysteryland in the Netherlands August 24-26 is going to be a whopper.
Ever since Camp Bisco was founded in 1999 by Philadelphia jam band Disco Biscuits, it has brought together thousands of EDM and experimental rock fans. Its 17th year celebration, taking place from July 12-14, keeps the tradition going with an impressive lineup of rock, hip-hop, and electronic music.