Mysteryland USA has absolutely outdone themselves this year, having released what is arguably their best lineup ever after only the first phase of announcements. The Woodstock-revival festival has put together a roster that features a perfect mix of house, bass and live music. All of the original aspects of the festival paired with a delay to July will make it a sunlit weekend in musical paradise. The three-day festival features major acts such as Odesza, Bassnectar and Zeds Dead, but here are the top five headliners that you should also see at this year’s installment of Mysteryland USA.
Okay, if you are not already a member of the Rezz Cult, then I would like to officially welcome you. Your first task is to listen to the mix below with no background of the individual behind the googly-eyed moniker.
Listened? Great. Well, literally all of that music is made by a twenty-year old female. Isabelle Rezazadeh is a brilliantly talented Niagara Falls native who has already released some of her dark tunes on mau5trap, toured with Destructo and Justin Martin and played some of the biggest festivals in the country. Her one and only flaw is that the entire world doesn’t know about her yet. Go see Rezz because you will not regret a second of it, although as a side effect you may not know what planet you are on once it’s over.
2. Black Tiger Sex Machine
Every once in a while, an iconic act comes along that makes you wonder where they have been hiding. Meet the next-level helmeted group that is BTSM, a Canadian trio that is known to thrown down some of the hardest, wildest and most unique sets. A quick browse through their Instagram tag will confirm this tenfold. Definitely familiarize yourself with their music beforehand though, so you can be fully prepared for what’s to come. And don’t be surprised if they explode within the next year.
“There are melodic bass producers, and then there is Nick Miller.” This is the introduction to Illenium’s SoundCloud and it is dead-on. The Denver-based producer managed to create a sound that gives you all of the “feels,” while also making you groove as hard as ever. It’s probably some sort of dark magic that us ordinary humans don’t know about, but whatever it is, it’s amazing. His fan-base is growing at an alarming rate and it’s absolutely apparent as to why.
Pham has a humble 8,000 SoundCloud followers after his old account was deleted, but his tracks have millions of plays (literally). Everyone’s “follow” button must be broken, but his music is perfection. His unique future bass sound, often paired with brilliant vocals, like the always killer Lox Chatterbox, results in some life-changing productions. His recent EP should be just some of what he’ll be playing at Mysteryland and hopefully it is only the beginning of future festival appearances.
ODESZA is the main downtempo headlining act, and could be considered the predecessor to Emancipator. As an artist that has not fully hit the mainstream yet, Emancipator still has a massive following. His EP “Seven Seas” is what really began to receive significant attention. Originally a project of Doug Appling, he sometimes incorporates other members to create a live show, known as the “Emancipator Ensemble.” A true talent lies in Emancipator, and it will be interesting to see how he plays his set out at Mysteryland USA.
Honorable Mention: MK
MK should never be an honorable mention, because he is a legend, but he is mentioned as one for all of the bassheads of Mysteryland. It doesn’t matter what kind of music you are drawn to, MK is crazy talented at mixing and you can fully lose yourself in one of his sets. Mark Kinchen has been around for years, so if you aren’t well-aquainted, then Mysteryland is the perfect chance to branch out.
Mysteryland USA takes place June 10-13 in Bethel Woods, New York. The festival is 19+ and tickets are still available here.