Top 10 Must-See Sets At Elements 2023
Going to a music festival always entails some heartbreak as set conflicts make you choose between favorite artists and unpredictable day-of events derail your meticulously plotted schedules.
But it will be hard to hold onto FOMO for long at the Elements Music and Arts Festival, returning to Long Pond, Pennsylvania, on August 11-14. The lineup is simply too stacked. There are too many must-sees, and too many up-and-coming artists that you will discover and fall in love with.
We did our best to highlight some of the most exciting acts across genres, so make sure to watch a few of their sets, play some of their songs, and incorporate them into your always-evolving festival game-plan.
Check out iEDM's Top 10 Must-See Sets at Elements 2023 below.
Rezz has popularized a syrupy, ominous sort of bass music that's utterly her own. Seeing her perform live means experiencing her sound in a whole different way because of the hypnotic and dark visuals that fill the screens. Rezz has been traveling the EDM festival circuit in recent months, making stops at Electric Forest and Lighting in a Bottle, while also bringing her tour to major EDM destinations like Brooklyn Mirage and Red Rocks.
In recent weeks, Rezz released her new album It's Not a Phase, a nod to her gothic style, that you will be able to headbang to at Elements during her Sunday set.
You can't miss house legend Chris Lake, a master of mixing and production, who is sure to continue his hot streak as he heads to Elements for his headlining set. Since he is scheduled for Sunday, that means you will be able to sweat yourself clean as you jump around before leaving the festival.
Chris Lake has been touring nonstop over the past few years and recently headlined some of the biggest festivals in the US, including Coachella, Electric Forest, and EDC Las Vegas, bringing in enough song and genre variety to keep things fresh.
His latest singles “Fool For Love” and “Beggin'” will no doubt make appearances at his Elements set.
There is no stopping Skrillex, the savvy shape-shifter who expertly pioneers new sounds by synthesizing global genres and teaming up with the most exciting veterans and newcomers in music. His last two albums Don't Get Too Close and Quest for Fire oscillate between bright drum and bass, pummeling techno, and irresistible house, hip hop, and pop bangers.
The Missy Elliot collab “RATATA” is in the running for song of the summer and his recent remix of “Fine Day” with Boyz Noize has been heating up dancefloors for the past few weeks.
There is no guessing what tricks Skrillex has up for his sleeve for his Elements set, so there is only one way to find out: be there.
The wobble universe will be out in full force for the reggae-inflected bass act Ganja White Night. Mainstays on the EDM festival circuit, the live instrumental duo released their latest album, Unity, earlier this year. Full of their trademark blend of airy and inspirational openings and crashing, high-intensity climaxes, the album has been a fan favorite.
You might still be getting your festival bearings on Friday, but if you stumble upon their set, you will know what they mean by festival magic.
Tchami mixes the kind of ecstatic house music that is perfect for the opening night of a festival when your energy levels are high and your friends are giddy with excitement for the weekend to come. Lucky for everyone going to Elements, the French DJ has a special guest slot on Friday night.
Tchami spends a lot of time playing the hottest club scenes in Europe, but he is also a regular performer at major house festivals. His latest single “In My Heart” will show you why he is in such high demand.
The breakout Anjunadeep duo Tinlicker has become one of the most exciting melodic house acts to see in recent years, especially because their sets are performed live. But Tinlicker has been producing music for a decade, with both Micha Heyboer and Jordi van Achthoven doing double duty on the drums and keys in the studio and on stage.
This deep experience is evident when you see them live, the way they take fans on a musical journey that builds, crescendoes, expands, and reaches new heights. Their latest single “All That I Lost” encapsulates the propulsive and carefully layered house music that you can expect from them at Elements.
The dubstep hero Mersiv builds murky beats that wind through echoey vocals and powerful bass, carrying listeners along like a river. Mersiv sees his musical output as a spiritual project that seeks to help fans look deep into themselves and express their emotions on the dance floor, wherever that may be.
His appearance at Elements should give fans a glimpse into what they can expect for his massive headlining tour that starts September 1st and goes through the end of the year. If you are into riding the rail, make sure you get there early so you can headbang along to every drop.
Tony Y Not has been captivating the Brooklyn and Berlin club scenes with her melodic, techno-inflected, and eminently danceable house music. She is exceptional at keeping the groove alive wherever she plays, and her recent EP Live at Robert Johnson is a testament to her dynamic mind and eclectic remixing chops.
Tony Y Not recently discussed her career, podcast, and interests with iEDM and we are excited to see her perform at Elements, which she credits as being integral to her music career.
If you are ready to get into your feelings during Elements, then Elderbrook is the set for you. He will bring you through the full cathartic gamut with his gorgeous live singing and goosebump-inducing beats. With some of the biggest house tracks of the past few years under his belt, such as “Inner Light” with Bob Moses and “Cola” with Camelphat, the UK songwriter and producer also knows how to throw a party, so don't be surprised if you lose track of time.
In recent months, released his latest album Little Love, which we had the pleasure of speaking with him about in a recent interview. It features guests such as Amtrac and Vintage Culture, cementing his status as a revered collaborator in the world of house music.
As a classically trained pianist, LP Giobbi masterfully blends bright keys with infectious vocal verses and groovy house beats. Her sets are never the same, marked by feedback loops with the crowd as she guides dancers through a spiritual experience.
In recent months, LP Giobbi has toured the world, playing festivals such as Coachella and Lighting in a Bottle, and delighting fans in Ibiza and New York. Her latest album Light Places features vocals from Sofi Tukker and collabs with DJ Tennis and Caroline Byrne, among others. It is a summery album that will elevate the warm end-of-the-summer vibes of Elements.
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