Top 10 Must-See Artists At Moonrise Festival 2023
A staple in the US festival lineup every summer, Moonrise Festival is returning to Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland on August 12th and 13th – and the lineup is nothing short of awe-inspiring.
This year's iteration features a wide variety of genres, from tech house to dubstep, electro house, trance, trap, and more. The festival will once again boast three stages to deliver an out-of-this-world experience: the Lunar Stage brings the heavy bass, the Stellar Stage provides the euphoric vibes, and the Solar Tent gives festival-goers a myriad of scintillating options that span the spectrum of dance music sub-genres.
If you are reading this article, you are well on your way to establishing pole position at Pimlico Race Course for the best sets of the weekend.
Check out iEDM's Top 10 Must-See Artists At Moonrise Festival 2023 below.
10) Riot Ten B2B Jessica Audiffred
A powerful collaboration between two artists who effortlessly incite mosh pits with their bass-heavy styles, Riot Ten B2B Jessica Audiffred is a set that has infinite potential to throw down. This duo recently brought down the house at EDC Las Vegas' famed Basspod stage in May.
Riot Ten is currently riding the momentum of his 6-song EP, SHEEESH, which dropped last month. On the other side, Jessica Audiffred – whose brightly-colored hairstyles are often mimicked by wig-wearing fans – dropped a single called “You Found Me” with Adventure Club and Clara Park last month. You can catch this set in the Solar Tent.
9) Big Gigantic
A genre-transcending duo that has been killing the game for well over a decade, Big Gigantic is showing no signs of slowing down. Masters of incorporating live instruments into their dance music performances, Big G is a must-see festival set no matter which direction your musical tastes skew. They recently released a single called “Keep on Movin'” with Cloudchord, and are sure to rock the Stellar Stage with their unique style and uplifting jams.
8) Ganja White Night
This Belgian bass pairing possesses one of the most dedicated cult followings in dance music today. Bringing their inimitable wobble sound and unrivaled storytelling chops, Ganja White Night is another set that will have Moonrise's attendees giddy with excitement.
GWN is less than two months removed from releasing their album Unity, which is filled from top to bottom with elite collaborators and bone-rattling basslines. It can be stated with confidence that they will bless the Lunar Stage with a mind-bending cacophony of enthralling buildups and wobbly bass drops.
7) Tape B
Fitting firmly into the category of “up-and-coming artists who you need to know,” South Florida's Tape B will be bringing his distinctive brand of bass music to Moonrise's Solar Tent. Having gained notoriety during his recent tour stops with industry heavyweights Zeds Dead and Liquid Stranger, Tape B's star-studded summer tour schedule includes stops at Electric Forest, Deadrocks, Big Dub, Hard Summer, and Moonrise.
Tape B's sets are always chock-full of heater IDs and especially bass-forward mixes of nostalgic songs from decades past. With his new EP Over Saturated dropping on Deadbeats this week, Tape B's set will undoubtedly be a highlight of the weekend.
Woven into a lineup that is filled with artists who embody “darker” bass vibes, ARMNHMR can be counted on to bring uplifting melodic bass, bridging the gap between the bassheads and those who prefer more euphoric energy. Coming off of an electrifying performance at EDC Las Vegas' Cosmic Meadow stage, the LA-based tandem is looking to carry their momentum through the latter half of the festival season.
Last month, they released “Someone To Forget,” a collaboration with Lights that embodies ARMNHMR's classic sound. Don't let their melodic nature fool you though – this partnership knows how to THROW DOWN heavy drops when the time is just right.
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5) Sullivan King B2B Wooli
Boasting two of the most sought-after names in dubstep today, this B2B set will unquestionably deliver some of the heaviest drops of the entire weekend. Sullivan King is known for his impeccable screaming voice and electric guitar acumen, both of which he routinely flaunts in his production and live sets. His EP Thrones of Blood dropped in March, featuring talented artists like SVDDEN DEATH, Ray Volpe, Excision, Kai Wachi, and Wooli himself.
Wooli has been on fire recently, seemingly popping up everywhere on tour while creating tons of new music. His collaborative EP with Excision – called Titans – was released at the beginning of June and will provide him with plenty of face-melting drops to incorporate into this explosive set at the Lunar Stage.
4) Getter B2B Space Laces
Yet another B2B offering featuring relentless bass and captivating sound design, Getter B2B Space Laces will likely draw a high percentage of veteran dubstep enthusiasts at Moonrise. Getter is a versatile artist whose projects have ranged from heavy dubstep to emotional melodies, and he is a rarer name on festival lineups than some other major artists at Moonrise.
Space Laces is a dubstep and bass house-centric artist who has released a few new songs in 2023 – including the VIP mix of his 2022 hit “Dominate,” which has been getting support from many other prominent dubstep artists. Space Laces' skill set eclipses his general festival availability, so those at Moonrise would be wise to catch this B2B in the Solar Tent while they have the opportunity.
3) Above & Beyond
Seemingly among the most universally appreciated artists across various genres of dance music, the trio of Above & Beyond will add a healthy dose of euphoria to any festival lineup they grace. They have been honing their skills and creating their patented melodic trance beats for decades and are still going strong.
As founders of powerhouse trance label Anjunabeats, A&B have a constant influx of new music to share with the world, and their set at the Stellar Stage is sure to feature some of that great work.
2) Rusko B2B Dirt Monkey
When Insomniac was putting together the lineup for Moonrise 2023, they clearly decided, “there is no such thing as too many dubstep legends.” Rusko is considered to be one of the leading influences of modern dubstep. His wubby beats have been dazzling festival-goers since he started releasing music in the mid-2000s.
Meanwhile, Dirt Monkey has been melting faces with his unique wonky sound design for years. His recent drum n' bass remix of Mr. Bill and The Widdler's “Pasta Masta” has been making its rounds at shows and fests. This duo can be expected to drop a combination of nasty dubstep and stankface-inducing DnB, so the hardcores at Moonrise will be taking note of when this B2B will be gracing the Solar Tent.
While GRiZ' popularity and influence are not up for debate, it is true that he has been touring like a madman recently, seeming to pop up at every major festival. However, those opportunities appear to be waning. The fan-favorite funk/jam/dubstep producer has announced that he will be taking an extended hiatus from touring beginning this winter. If we know anything about GRiZ, it's that he's a performer at heart, so he is guaranteed to throw down one of the best sets of the weekend.
He recently performed twice – once solo and once in a B2B with Subtronics – at EDC Las Vegas, and his remix to John Summit's banger “Where You Are” has been getting played a ton since its release last week. We cannot know for sure what sorts of surprises GRiZ will have planned for this performance, but we know that you would be wise to catch this set at the Lunar Stage.
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