Top 10 Can't-Miss Sets At Electric Zoo: Hyperspace

Electric Zoo

One of the country's most highly-attended dance music festivals is almost back – and on paper, it looks to be better than ever. That's right – New York City's famous Electric Zoo: Hyperspace is returning to its famed outpost at Randall's Island on Labor Day Weekend, September 1st to 3rd.

The lineup is jam-packed with artists who run the gamut of dance music sub-genres, offering no shortage of tech house, techno, dubstep, progressive house, trance, and more. Historically, EZoo has consisted of four stages spread across Randall's Island, but increased demand (the festival expects over 100,000 attendees over three days) prompted the organizers to expand this year.

This year's version of the giant dance party will feature six stages, including the brand-new Megamirage and Secret Garden. With all sorts of excitement building as ravers near and far await the stage reveals, there is no better time to review some of the best acts you can see at Electric Zoo 2023.

Check out iEDM's Top 10 Can't-Miss Sets At Electric Zoo: Hyperspace below.

 10) Chris Lake x FISHER

Fisher and Chris LakeOne of the most sought-after stage takeovers at EZoo 2023 – Under Construction – will climax when two modern titans of tech house come together to close Friday night at The Megamirage. Chris Lake and Fisher have helped to usher their genre into mainstream popularity over the last few years. While their friendship has been well-known for a while, this will be the first time they bring their collaborative performance to the bright lights of a major festival.

Both artists have been active with releases and touring over the past few months. Chris Lake recently dropped his edit of "Fool For Love" and has played for crowds at major festivals like Electric Forest and IleSoniq. His fun-loving Australian counterpart Fisher has been all over the EDM news cycle with hyped singles "Take It Off" and "Atmosphere" while performing at festivals like Outside Lands and EDC Las Vegas.

9) Timmy Trumpet

Timmy TrumpetDespite hailing from halfway across the world, Timmy Trumpet can expect a true New York welcome when he gets the party going at The Convergence stage on Saturday. The brass-toting Australian icon has forever endeared himself to fans of the local New York Mets with his song "Narco" – which he has performed live at Citi Field when pitcher Edwin Diaz enters a game. 

But Timmy Trumpet has much more to offer than niche local appeal. The big room and hardstyle connoisseur has been rocking crowds worldwide this summer, having already made appearances at Ultra Europe, Tomorrowland, and Veld Music Festival this summer. 

8) HI-LO b2b Eli Brown

Hi-Lo b2b Eli BrownA marriage between two of house and techno's most highly-skilled players, HI-LO b2b Eli Brown is a must-see for anyone who prefers their dance tracks dark and groovy. HI-LO is the techno alias of massively successful Dutch producer Oliver Heldens. Given New York City's well-documented affinity for techno, it's no surprise that he's choosing to present that angle of his musical talents at EZoo 2023. 

Both artists recently played at Tomorrowland in Belgium, with Eli Brown also having made appearances at EDC Las Vegas and Club Space Miami this summer. His song "Be The One" has been a revelation this summer, amassing nearly 24 million streams on Spotify in less than half a year.  

7) Excision

ExcisionSeemingly omnipresent in the US festival scene, the king of the headbangers is back to deliver bone-rattling bass to what will surely be a raucous nighttime crowd at The Continuum stage on Friday night. While his brand of heavy dubstep may be polarizing, it is not up for debate that Excision consistently delivers some of the best visual production in the game today. 

The Canadian is no stranger to headline slots at major festivals. He is fresh off of playing four sets at Washington's Bass Canyon, not to mention ripping it at Forbidden Kingdom, Moonrise, and EDC Las Vegas already this summer.

6) Skream

SkreamOG ravers knew they were in for a treat as soon as they saw this dance music legend's name on the lineup. Skream was one of the more influential players in the development of dubstep throughout the 2000s. Now, the British producer likes to vary his tunes, summoning the powers of house, techno, drum 'n bass, and even some hip-hop in recent performances.

Skream's live performances have been few and far between in the past year, leaving fans to wonder what kind of set they will be blessed with when he plays the final set of the Gray Area takeover at the Morphosis stage on Saturday night.



5) Marshmello

MarshmelloIt seems fitting that this massively popular global superstar will have the final word of EZoo 2023 at The Convergence stage on Sunday night. Known for his iconic helmet and collabs with artists ranging from Roddy Rich and Polo G to Subtronics and SVDDEN DEATH, Marshmello is a lock to deliver an absolute heater of a set. 

The genre-defying Philadelphia native has been busy on the festival circuit in 2023, already having played at EDC Las Vegas, Ultra Miami, and EDC Mexico this year. While his trademark sound is melodic and fun, Marshmello recently teased that he is working on a new riddim album, so expect to see ravers of all persuasions at his EZoo set.

4) Kx5

Kx5Every time we get to see a living legend perform live, it is worth appreciating. Having the opportunity to see two legends playing back-to-back to close a major festival is simply outrageous. Enter Kx5, a union between two of the most iconic producers of their generation: Kaskade and Deadmau5. Each of these men possesses a cult-like following, on top of a legitimate claim that their stylings helped dance music to reach the level of popularity that it enjoys today.

The duo released an album – aptly named Kx5 – in March, and have since brought their progressive house act to festivals like Global Dance, Beyond Wonderland, Heatwave, and Ultra Miami. While this won't be the most "in your face" performance of the festival, it is hard to argue that it won't be among the most euphoric. 

3) Liquid Stranger

Liquid StrangerWelcome to spaghetti wiggle time. If that phrase does not make sense to you, it certainly will once you experience this man's wonderfully weird bass music in person. Liquid Stranger founded the Wakaan label and will be placing the cherry on top of their takeover of The Landing stage on Saturday night. 

Always armed with a bevy of heater IDs and a few funny utterances in his lovable Swedish accent, Liquid Stranger is considered by many to be the don of the genre that one might call 'space bass.' He released an EP titled Unity earlier this year, and has since played at Bass Canyon, Rampage Open Air, Ultra Miami, and EDC Mexico.

2) John Summit & Dom Dolla

John Summit b2b Dom DollaNot to be outdone by the star-studded house lineup in The Megamirage on Friday night, Sunday night's Everything Always takeover promises to be some of the best vibes available this weekend. Headlined by two of the hottest names in dance music right now – John Summit and Dom Dolla – this curated event alone is reason enough for some ravers to attend EZoo 2023.

While tech house is the thread that runs thickest between this duo, you can expect a smattering of techno, bass house, drum 'n bass, and who knows what else in this electric set. Both artists have maintained active touring schedules this summer, popping up in places like Tomorrowland, EDC Las Vegas, Project Glow, Red Rocks, and the Brooklyn Mirage this summer.

1) GRiZ

With a self-imposed production and touring hiatus beginning in the coming months, GRiZ is making the most of his remaining bookings. This versatile fan-favorite is blessing Electric Zoo: Hyperspace with three different sets; one for each day. Friday's attendees can look forward to his Catching The Golden Hour sunset set, which will consist of funky, vibey jams that are perfect for easing into the first night of the festival.

Saturday night, the Detroit native will be closing out The Continuum stage with a 'regular' GRiZ set. But be forewarned – there is no such thing as a 'regular' set of his, because each one seems to be more wildly euphoric than the next. Finally, bassheads everywhere will rejoice on Sunday night when GRiZ teams up with Zeds Dead for a high-octane b2b to close out the festival. 

GRiZ is admittedly sitting on a plethora of unreleased music, which he has not been shy about playing on his summer tour – consisting of stops at Bass Canyon, Moonrise, Bonnaroo, and EDC Las Vegas, to name a few. Whether you can only see one set, or have the opportunity to go to all three, let it be known that officially advises you to see as much GRiZ as possible while he is still around. 

Photos courtesy of each of the artists mentioned and Electric Zoo.


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| August 27, 2023
Harrison Goldstein


Born in New Jersey and living in NYC, Harrison loves two things more than anything else: telling stories and dancing to electronic music with his friends. He became fully immersed in the world of EDM after experiencing the magical atmosphere of live shows and festivals for the first time.

Harrison hopes that his passion inspires his readers to check out new artists and introduce new people to our beautiful little sub-culture. When he isn’t dancing, Harrison loves to ski and golf, on top of being an avid soccer and MMA fan.

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