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DMNW Staff Picks: Artists we’re hoping to see in the Northwest in 2020

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The Pacific Northwest is routinely spoiled when it comes to artists and acts throughout dance music touring in our corner of the continent. From the biggest names in the industry to incredible local support, we’ve had more than our fair share of unforgettable shows in the PNW over the years. Last year was no different, with the likes of deadmau5, Madeon, Andrew Bayer, Anna Lunoe, Delta Heavy, The Glitch Mob, and many more stopping by.

2020 is looking good, too. Excision just tore the roof off of the Tacoma Dome, while the likes of Elohim, Lane 8, Getter, Tchami, Mat Zo, and more are slated for Northwest shows this year.

That said, we want more. Not in a “gimme gimme” kind of way. Promise. But, we’re used to a certain standard of living, and it’s only natural to plan and daydream for the next big adventure following the conclusion of one.

So, we asked our stellar staff of DMNW writers who they’d like to see make a trip to the Northwest this year. Of course, there are no wrong answers. Seeing regulars like Above & Beyond never gets old. And nobody can be blamed for wanting to check-off names on their respective “must-see” lists. That said, we have some suggestions for promoters in the PNW to consider this year.

Quinn Lutz, Staff Writer: Galantis

After Galantis’s release of Church I am more than ready for them to visit the PNW! Church delivers the likeliness of their original sound, placing meaning behind their music. Featuring heartfelt collaborations such as Faith with Dolly Parton and Bones with One Republic, Church sends you on an uplifting journey. While their tour schedule is yet to be announced chances look good. The duo created a poll asking fans where they were most excited to see them play on #SeafoxNation, a Facebook fan page. Winning the poll was the “other” category, not so subtly telling Galantis to add more tour dates.

Casey Grosso, Staff Writer: Yaeji

Yaeji, a dance music producer born in Queens, NY to South Korean parents, has performed in the PNW on numerous occasions. Her down-to-earth demeanor and palpable love for underground music creates an intimate and fun show. I would love to see her perform once again in Seattle, where she has a devoted Korean-American fan base.

She is currently booked to play Coachella in April. Since California is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Washington State, we may see some Seattle dates booked as Spring approaches.

Maddie Welch, Staff Writer: Flume

Flume pioneered and continues to push the experimental boundaries of electronic music. In the advent of his mixtape and accompanying visualizer, Hi This is Flume, the Australian producer has made an already-lasting impression much deeper on me. Imagining the kind of energy and community in a smaller set in the northwest, ahead of any releases he’s got planned so far in 2020, makes me incredibly wishful Flume will stop by the PNW.

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