Jovaughn Brown, Staff Writer: Porter Robinson/Virtual Self
Everyone’s full of anticipation right now after Porter Robinson released his new single Get Your Wish and simultaneously announced a new album slated for 2020. With the second annual Second Sky festival coming up soon, there’s a good chance the new album will be released around then (fingers crossed!). Assuming the Second Sky festival will take place in the Bay Area again, it’d be nice if Porter Robinson set off on a tour with a stop in the PNW for those who can’t make the trip down there again.
And sure, a Porter Robinson live show centered around new material would be completely satisfying, but I’m also still reeling over that time his side project Virtual Self rolled through Seattle at the WaMu theater in 2018. Being Portland-based myself, I also think it’d be incredible if he brought the Virtual Self live show to a venue like the Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum, where many big EDM artists such as Illenium and Zedd have performed recently. Anyone who’s attended a full production Virtual Self show can understand how worthy it is of a large venue like that. Hopefully a new Virtual Self tour would include some new music too!
Nick Bowman, Managing Editor: Eric Prydz
Among Seattle, Tacoma, and the Gorge, there isn’t a large-scale tour setup we haven’t seen pass through Western Washington… save for one. Eric Prydz’s HOLO tour has made use of revolutionary visual technology for years now, but never in the Pacific Northwest. Sure, we’ve seen the progressive house legend play at massives like Resolution and festivals like Paradiso. But the HOLO setup is another beast entirely, and it’s high time we experienced firsthand.
There’s at least some hope on the horizon this year. Prydz recently teased at bringing the next version of his mind-bending setup on tour again in 2020 for a series of “limited dates,” so here’s hoping Washington makes the cut.
— Eric Prydz (@ericprydz) January 22, 2020
Heath Harshman, Assignments Editor: Destroid
Featuring a trio of Northwest artists, Destroid is everything we love about dance music. From their unique presentation to their bone-rattling bass, Excision, KJ Sawka, and Downlink created one of the top acts in all of dance music. After we were introduced to the group via Excision’s set at Shambhala 2012, fans across the PNW were able to witness the dubstep super-group live at FreakNight 2013, as well as various stops on the Safe in Sound tour in 2014.
Since then, catching a Destroid show has meant going to the likes of Ultra Music Festival or Lost Lands. Both are obviously incredible festivals, but are equally obviously not in the Northwest. In 2020, it’s time for the trio to grace the PNW with their presence once again. Whether it’s at The Gorge, WaMu Theater, the newly renovated The Village stage at Shambhala, or any number of other venues, the Northwest bass family will be there.
Let us know who you’d like to see tour through the Northwest this year! There’s no shortage of great choices, and odds are a few of our wishes will come true in 2020. Share your thoughts with us by commenting below, on Facebook, or replying on Twitter!
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