Baltimore: Get ready for Moonrise, one of the best EDM festival line-ups of the summer

If you’ve been to an EDM festival in the past five years or so, there’s a good shot you’ve seen Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, and David Guetta. You’ve probably seen Diplo and Dillon Francis, too. Moonrise, by moving slightly away from the norm, built a better EDM line-up.

There is nothing wrong with the artists missing from Moonrise’s two-day line up, but as EDM festivals see a decline in interest and ticket sales, mixing up the headliners helps. Sure, Afrojack, Kaskade and some other big names that have been leading the pack for the past ten years are on the line-up, but some less expected names are too. Our picks are below.

Porter Robinson

Porter Robinson is one of the best live performers in the game right now. He’s playing Lollapalooza, but Moonrise will likely get a set with more classic Porter, as it will be appealing to a crowd of just EDM fans. Get there early for this one, and stay til the end.

Dillstadamus

Booking Dillstadamus, the much rumored collaboration between Dillon Francis and Flosstradamus, was a big grab. Both artists are great on their own but this pairing elevates them in a way similar to the shows Madeon and Porter Robinson played together a last year.

On that note, Madeon and Porter Robinson are both on the bill as well. No word yet if they’ll be doing anything together.

Migos

One of the biggest acts of the summer is playing a surprisingly low number of shows this summer. While hip hop acts usually feel like an afterthought at EDM festivals, Migos (and Lil Uzi Vert and Run The Jewels) were clearly booked to be headliners. It would have been nice to have a bit more rap lower down in the line up as well to get some variety early in the day, but we’ll take a big headliner over that most days.

Alan Walker

Lower down in the line-up is Alan Walker, the 19-year-old behind “Faded.” His discography goes deeper than that though, and he’s been brought on tour by Martin Garrix, Justin Bieber and Rihanna. Keep your ears open for “Alone,” which had some success last year, and “Tired,” his newest single.

Elephante

If you’re a fan of Clean Bandit and Lorde, catch Elephante’s set, where he will likely drop his classic remixes of tracks by those two artists. Tim Wu, who performs as Elephante, describes his music as melodic electronic, and has a degree in Economics from Harvard.

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Baltimore: Get ready for Moonrise, one of the best EDM festival line-ups of the summer

If you’ve been to an EDM festival in the past five years or so, there’s a good shot you’ve seen Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, and David Guetta. You’ve probably seen Diplo and Dillon Francis, too. Moonrise, by moving slightly away from the norm, built a better EDM line-up.

There is nothing wrong with the artists missing from Moonrise’s two-day line up, but as EDM festivals see a decline in interest and ticket sales, mixing up the headliners helps. Sure, Afrojack, Kaskade and some other big names that have been leading the pack for the past ten years are on the line-up, but some less expected names are too. Our picks are below.

Porter Robinson

Porter Robinson is one of the best live performers in the game right now. He’s playing Lollapalooza, but Moonrise will likely get a set with more classic Porter, as it will be appealing to a crowd of just EDM fans. Get there early for this one, and stay til the end.

Dillstadamus

Booking Dillstadamus, the much rumored collaboration between Dillon Francis and Flosstradamus, was a big grab. Both artists are great on their own but this pairing elevates them in a way similar to the shows Madeon and Porter Robinson played together a last year.

On that note, Madeon and Porter Robinson are both on the bill as well. No word yet if they’ll be doing anything together.

Migos

One of the biggest acts of the summer is playing a surprisingly low number of shows this summer. While hip hop acts usually feel like an afterthought at EDM festivals, Migos (and Lil Uzi Vert and Run The Jewels) were clearly booked to be headliners. It would have been nice to have a bit more rap lower down in the line up as well to get some variety early in the day, but we’ll take a big headliner over that most days.

Alan Walker

Lower down in the line-up is Alan Walker, the 19-year-old behind “Faded.” His discography goes deeper than that though, and he’s been brought on tour by Martin Garrix, Justin Bieber and Rihanna. Keep your ears open for “Alone,” which had some success last year, and “Tired,” his newest single.

Elephante

If you’re a fan of Clean Bandit and Lorde, catch Elephante’s set, where he will likely drop his classic remixes of tracks by those two artists. Tim Wu, who performs as Elephante, describes his music as melodic electronic, and has a degree in Economics from Harvard.

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