Though it won't be the first dance music festival at the Gorge in 2021, Beyond Wonderland's debut at the greatest venue in the Northwest marks a major moment in the genre's long-awaited return.
There are many reasons that's the case. The one we're focusing on today is the most fun: the lineup. With this year's iteration featuring 46 of the artists that were announced for last year's canceled event, Beyond Wonderland 2021 still comes with a few additions and changes.
The 2021 lineup features 66 artists in total, one less than the 2020 lineup. While artists like Adventure Club b2b Snails, Alesso, and Zomboy didn't make the jump, the festival has added Alison Wonderland, Benny Benassi, Dr. Fresch, and a mystery artist in their place.
Artists with Northwest ties increased 14% from 2020 to 2021, now at 16 total. Sir Kutz, LP Giobbi, EPROM, and Vanic join last year's group, minus Mortals and Ekali.
With that many artists, it's easy to get lost in the lineup. That's why we're bringing back our stage-by-stage artist guide. We pull together background info, music links, and more from each of the artists on the Beyond Wonderland lineup, giving you an easy way to get familiar with the acts we'll be enjoying at the Gorge this October.
Note: We categorize artists by high-level genres to help readers of all kinds understand the lineup. We apologize for the inevitable miscategorization of your favorite prog/psy/electro/hardstep artist. We're @dancemusicnw on Twitter.
Beyond Wonderland Artists by Stage
Making his return to the Gorge after performing at Paradiso 2019, 1788-L is becoming a regular in the PNW, and we’re not mad about it. Performing in our region several times throughout his still-young career, the mysterious artist gives fans an unbeatable blend of bass and electro that is best enjoyed live. 1788-L released his most recent EP, Parallel: S, on Zeds Dead’s Deadbeats Records in March, giving everyone a glimpse into his potential new-ish direction.
From Las Vegas to Phoenix to Los Angeles, Drezo has found his way to where he feels the most comfortable: the DJ booth. Born Andre Haglund, the multi-genre artist and former lacrosse state champion has continued to push the boundaries of what’s new and weird in dance music. Not happy with settling for the status quo, Drezo is the kind of artist that keeps dance music evolving and moving forward. He has some experience at the Gorge, performing at Paradiso 2018.
Also performing at Haunted Forest in Portland at the end of October, Northwest-based producer/DJ EPROM is an artist bass music fans in our corner of the continent make sure to not miss. One-half of duo Shades with fellow artist Alix Perez, EPROM (also known as Alexander Dennis) provides an exceedingly unique style of bass music each time he steps on stage. From Shambhala Music Festival to Beyond Wonderland at the Gorge, we’ll always make time for an EPROM festival set.
Englishman Jon Gooch, the man behind Feed Me (and Spor) is one of the most respected producers and DJs in dance music. Whether he’s controlling the crowd with some hypnotic electro house or summoning dance music demons with some dark drum & bass, Gooch is a pro’s pro and fan-favorite. Thankfully he continues to make time for the PNW on his tours, and we wouldn’t want it any other way.
G Jones, aka Greg Jones, will be performing b2b with EPROM at Haunted Forest in Portland at the end of October. Before that, he’ll be performing solo at Beyond Wonderland at the Gorge earlier in the month. A veteran of multiple Paradiso Festivals and multiple Shambhala Music Festivals, G Jones is a Northwest-favorite that regional bass fans go out of their way to see live whenever possible. For those willing to travel a bit farther, he’ll be performing at Lost Lands 2021 as well this year.
Aussie Georgia Magree, better known as Los Angeles-based artist GG Magree, has worked with some of the biggest names in dance music. It’s clear she’s an artist that other artists want to collaborate with, but where she shines is on stage. Electric from start to finish, GG Magree provides the blend of dubstep, bass house, and electro that keeps fans in attendance on their toes.
When you spend time literally digging graves as a kid, being able to create some dark and heavy music makes some sense. Incorporating all kinds of trap, hardstyle, and drum & bass into his catalog, GRAVEDGR’s fandom of acts like Showtek makes a lot of sense. The music, along with the season-fitting fall/Halloween vibe of his performance, will be something to be sure to see at Beyond Wonderland at the Gorge.
Los Angeles-based producer/DJ Highlnd, aka Elliot Sorgen, is an up-and-comer in the west coast dance music scene. Performing at a handful of major festivals this year, Highlnd will undoubtedly be among the artists to watch in 2022. Getting to catch him at the Gorge this fall is the perfect kind of treat well-rounded lineups like this give us from time to time.
Showcasing a fantastic combination of dubstep, electronica, and trap, Huxley Anne is the perfect kind of weird for Northwest bass fans. Delivering a wide variety of bass tunes, the Los Angeles-based artist began her journey on the West Coast working in the sound department for a touring company. Now, she’s utilizing her jazz-fan roots to great effect and performing at one of the best venues on the planet.
Kayzo, aka Hayden Capuozzo, is the kind of bass artist who showcases just how diverse the genre can be. From trap and hardstyle to dubstep and rock, Kayzo creates and plays music fans and fellow artists can appreciate. He’s worked with some of the best in the business, like Black Tiger Sex Machine, Delta Heavy, and more. The LA-based 29-year-old also runs a label, Welcome Records, while finding time for his regular mix series Doghouse Radio.
Formerly of Seattle and currently in Los Angeles, Northwest favorite LevitΔte makes his PNW return at the Gorge this fall. His first full length album, Legacy, was released in December of 2020, taking his unique bass sound to the next level. LevitΔte, also known as Connor Campbell, also released an accompanying series of videos to go with the album, with which it is recommended to first watch the visual piece, followed by listening to the corresponding song in its entirety.
Lucii, aka Emily Rose, returns to the Gorge after performing at Bass Canyon in 2019. Although she won’t be returning to Bass Canyon this year, the Wakaan label regular is playing at Lost Lands 2021 in addition to Beyond Wonderland at the Gorge this year. The Orlando-native will be bringing her Space Bass sound that caught the attention of the likes of Liquid Stranger, adding to the diverse group of bass-centric artists we’ll be enjoying this fall.
Seattle’s Jackson Wells, aka Quackson, is no stranger to the local scene. The bass-enthusiast is one of the cofounders of local event company WAVES, and has performed throughout Seattle and Vancouver. In addition to a myriad of club shows, Quackson has performed at major festivals as well, such as FreakNight 2018. On top of his performances, the busy artist has been consistently creating, as he’s released several tunes throughout the last year-plus. Last year Quackson collaborated with fellow Seattle-based artist Kiba on Overload, which we hope to hear at the Gorge later this year.
Los Angeles duo Rawtek have released songs on respected labels like Dim Mak, Mad Decent, Buygore, and more. Living on the more aggressive side of elecontronic music, Rawtek brings the kind of high energy dance music that is made for dance-floors and festivals. Beginning in 2013, the duo have used their love of latin drums and bass music to successfully find their niche in the genre.
Sir Kutz, another Northwest favorite who’s performed all over the region for years, has already played at the Gorge this year. Taking the local stage at Bass Canyon in August, the 45 East regular will have some recent experence to call upon when he performs at Beyond Wonderland this fall. Delivering some of the heaviest dubstep around, Sir Kutz’s bone-rattling bass is can’t miss stuff for any headbanger.
Originally inspired by a performance by Pretty Lights at Red Rocks, Colorado’s SoDown should get some level of inspiration from a venue like the Gorge at Beyond Wonderland. The sax-weilding artist, also known as Ehren River Wright, is the kind of bass-centric producer/DJ that blends a wide range of influences and musical talents to great effect. No stranger to major festivals, we’re expecting one of the best sets of the weekend from SoDown.
Making her way out to Los Angeles at the age of 17, the self-taught Softest Hard describes her sound as “…a sub-genre of Hardstyle called Softest Hardstyle. It’s an original Hardstyle heavy bass feel but I add my own touch of softness by mixing in really pretty and melodic synths.” It’s a fantastic description of the high-energy, fast-paced action she brings to each song, mix, and set. She’s opened for Lil B, performed at Coachella, EDC Mexico and more in her still-young career. This fall, Northwest hardstyle fans will be flocking to her set at the Gorge.
We haven’t heard official word on the “Mystery Artist” for Beyond Wonderland at the Gorge. But, after the announcement of the lineups for each day of the festival, a name that would fit in the blurred spot on the full lineup announcement was featured in the day two portion of the daily announcement. That artist: Sullivan King. It’ll be his second show at the Gorge this year, after his set at Bass Canyon. He’ll also be at Lost Lands and EDC Las Vegas this year, making up for lost time on the festival circuit.
Getting busy and staying busy as events begin to open back up, SVDDEN DEATH has a packed 2021 second half. The Los Angeles-based artist played at 45 East in Portland in July, Bass Canyon in August, and is set for performances at Lost Lands and Beyond Wonderland at the Gorge this year. We can’t wait to see what he has in store for Festival Season 2021, especially after enjoying his sets during the Insomniac live stream series last year.
Tails, aka Spencer Reid, is a Vancouver artist showcasing the diversity of bass music on a regular basis. He collaborated with fellow Beyond Wonderland artist Juelz a while back on Cobra, which was released by renowned Vancouver-based music label Monstercat. Shortly thereafter, No Sleep/Hyperventilate, a two-track EP, was also released via the Northwest label. Tails is no stranger to performing in the Northwest, with the PNW getting lots of love when it comes to his touring schedule. Now, he’ll be tallying another performance at the Gorge, following his set at Paradiso 2019.
Vanic, also known as Jesse Hughes, is a Vancouver-based producer/DJ who has managed to keep busy throughout quarantine. Releasing original songs, remixes, and mixes regularly, Vanic is now ready to return to the stage. He recently announced an 11-stop summer/fall tour across the United States, with his performance at Beyond Wonderland at the Gorge right in the middle.
German DJ/producer Virtual Riot is a Disciple Records regular who delivers high quality bass tunes with ease. While that’s to be expected when he takes the stage at Beyond Wonderland at the Gorge, don’t sleep on his relatively new side project Still Kids. Virtual Riot’s brand of bass is diverse, but it’s always fun when an artist established in a specific genre branches out.
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