Written by Arooj Mustansir
Lightning in a Bottle is right around the corner and there is an endless amount of entertainment to look forward to! DoLab surpassed all expectations this year by creating a lineup that is filled with some of the most authentic artists in the music scene. With a lineup so versatile and jam-packed with so many artist’s worth discovering as well as legends you won’t want to miss, it can be pretty overwhelming decide what acts you want to catch. Luckily we scoured the lineup and chose our top 6 must see acts to make it easier for you to make the most out of your experience! Here are our picks:
Who would ever want to miss the chance to watch the king of the sound work his magic? Bassnectar has been on a role this year bringing nothing but his best in his performances and has been gaining momentum with each one. He is known for combining his top notch mixing and flawlessly intricate tracks with breathtaking production to create a truly captivating and revitalizing experience that is unmatched. The California native has not played this festival since 2012 so he is sure to have something special up his sleeve for his home state where he kick started his career. His most recent performance in early May at Middlelands Festival raised the bar for his festival performances with an adrenaline pumping and mesmerizing set that gained him a resident artist spot there. He also debuted tracks off of his new Reflections EP that is coming out this Summer so it is possible that you might get to hear some brand-new material! If that is any indication of what his Lightning in a Bottle set will have to offer then you should do everything in your power to catch this musical wizard in action!
2. Kayla Scintilla and Eve Olution
Lightning in a Bottle is often compared to Burning Man with its invigorating atmosphere where consciousness expansion and growth is heavily encouraged. Australian duo Kayla Scintilla and Eve Olution’s psytrance beats immerses you into an enlightening experience and opens you up to hypnotic vibrations and sounds designed to connect you with the essence of the universe. Their distinctive sound is guaranteed to propel you into another dimension and will undoubtedly be one of the most memorable sets of the festival.
3. Jade Cicada
Glitch hop heavyweight Jade Cicada has gained well deserved popularity this past year in the electronic music scene. He has been hard at work releasing both his Bite Vaders EP and Brood VII in the last few months which showcase his innovative style that both speaks to your soul and is irresistible to dance to. Jade Cicada’s music is deeply rooted with a connection with nature which gives it undeniable authenticity. His performances are enthralling and bursting with energy making him one of our top picks to see at Lightning in a Bottle. Jade Cicada is a legend in the making so it is an amazing opportunity to see him while he is still emerging as an artist at a festival with an enriching atmosphere that is practically made for him.
4. ill.Gates btb Stephan Jacobs
When two music mavens collaborate together and combine sets, incredible things are bound to happen which is why we highly recommend going to the ill.Gates btb Stephan Jacobs set. Ill.Gates doesn’t need much of an introduction considering he’s worked with electronic music icons Bassnectar, Datsik, and Beats Antique to name a few. His pioneering experimental bass style has both revolutionized the music industry as well as pave the way for many artists to expand their own sound. Stephan Jacobs has an eccentric sound of his own which is both inventive and melodic. He has collaborated with many notable artists including Griz, Martin Garrix, Run DMT, and of course ill.Gates. They co-produced a track on ill.Gates EP Terminally Ill and their combined styles created a sonic symphony of pure bliss which is why we know their back to back set is filled with limitless potential that you won’t want to miss!
5. Ivy Lab
Ivy lab is definitely one of our favorite artists to watch in the EDM scene. They are a collaborative project from London made up of producers Halogenix, Stray, and Sabre. Their cutting-edge production is addictive to say the least – just check out their “LIB 2017 Promo Mix” and you’ll be hooked. Their tantalizing drum and bass beats are practically euphoric and will without a doubt leave you begging for more. Ivy Lab know’s how to put on a mind-blowing show which is why they are one of our top picks for this year’s Lightening in a Bottle. Don’t miss out on a chance to catch this trio live because with talent like this it is bound to be an unforgettable experience.
6. Too Many Zooz
You’ve probably seen viral videos on Facebook with an insanely talented saxophone players serenading New York City subway stations and thought to yourself “wow, these guys are filled with pure talent. They better get a big break!” While thankfully they have been discovered and they are known as the band Too Many Zooz and you now have a chance to see these viral video stars in action! The New York based trio plays brass music and is now world renowned and is even more sensational live in concert. Their warmth and charisma shine through their brass music and will leave you filled with pure joy and perhaps a newfound love for instrumental music. With a lineup filled with primarily electronic music, seeing Too Many Zooz will be a breath of fresh air while being highly entertaining.