Yes, we know he was a headliner at both Paradiso and Shambhala last year. But now, Bassnectar is coming to the heart of Seattle, and we can’t wait. Joining fellow dance acts in Zedd, Ellie Goulding, Flosstradamus, Tchami, and more over the three-day event, the man also known as Lorin Ashton is continuing to make his Northwest fans happy. There’s no such thing as too much Bassnectar, and with appearances at The Gorge, Shambhala, and now at Bumbershoot, we don’t have much to complain about from the bass music demi-god. He released his latest album, Noise vs. Beauty, last year, and while it doesn’t look as though we’ll be getting a new album this year, a performance at Bumbershoot will do just fine. You can grab your tickets to the Labor Day Weekend spectacular here.
Another artist many Northwest dance music fans have been begging for the return of is Pretty Lights. Also known as Derek Vincent Smith, Pretty Lights last hit the Northwest with those laser beams while touring with a fairly unknown local duo named ODESZA in late-2013. He also headlined Lucky 2013, but since those two relatively quick visits, we’ve sadly been without the hot sh*t we’ve come to know and love. He also released his latest album, Grammy-nominated A Color Map of the Sun, in 2013, before splitting his time touring between North America and Europe during 2014.
Now, he’s returning, not only to the Northwest, but to Shambhala. The usually ridiculous lineup featured at Shambhala, one of British Columbia’s numerous incredible festivals this summer, is again on point in 2015, and Pretty Lights is one of the artists we’re most excited to see. Join us, and Pretty Lights (and Skrillex, and Zomboy, and Excision…) at Shambhala and purchase your tickets here, before it’s too late.
Dance music fans in British Columbia have it pretty good. From the countless festivals with lineups making money evaporate from our wallets to the consistent visits of artists from around the world, our neighbors up north have plenty of opportunities to catch many of dance music’s top acts. An act they’ve had a couple more chances to see recently than those of us down south is one of the figure(mouse)heads of dance music: deadmau5. The tech house legend was last performed a public show in the Northwest U.S. in August of 2011, playing the Paramount Theater in Seattle. He’s since performed twice in British Columbia, once in December of 2012 in Vancouver, and again last summer at Pemberton Music Festival.
Pemberton may be a bit of a hike for some of us in the Northwest, but the mau5 is inching closer. This summer, deadmau5 is playing at FVDED in the Park, a two-day festival in Surrey, BC (about 45 minutes SE of Vancouver). It might be a bit of a stretch for Paradiso Festival attendees, as it takes place the following weekend, from July 3-4. It would be worth the trip, though, as deadmau5 will be joined by Tyler, The Creator, Flosstradamus, Claude von Stroke, Excision, The Chainsmokers, and more. Tickets to FVDED in the Park can be found here, with single-day passes also available.
We’re lucky to have so many opportunities to see many of dance music’s top artists so close to home. Let us know which artists you want to see return to the Northwest and who you’ll be seeing this summer! Comment below, on Facebook, or reply on Twitter!
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