Reasons to wake up early for Ultra Weekend Two
By weekend two, you’re probably looking for any excuse to hit the snooze button. The week of pool parties and late nights at Mansion are starting to catch up, but the festival isn’t stopping for anyone and there is no shortage of exciting acts during the early hours. Yesterday we filled you in on why exactly you should wipe your eyes and hop out of bed early for Ultra Weekend One, and now we present the same for Weekend Two.
6 guys, 1 booth: Witness six Russians spin one set with Swanky Tunes vs. Hard Rock Sofa
Swanky Tunes and Hard Rock Sofa have aligned for a Russian House Mafia of sorts — two trios with similar sounds that cross paths on a regular basis. Together a monstrous force that has garnered support from some of dance music’s biggest labels, there is no shortage of anthems from the collective squad — from Refune’s “The Legend” to Wall’s “The Edge” to Axtone’s “Here We Go.” This month the boys will look to recreate that magic out of the studio and on the main stage of Ultra Music Festival. 6 men, 3 CDJs? No problem.
Putting the ‘rap’ in Trapped: Ease your way into the day with hip-hop from Green Lantern
When hip-hop ruled the world, DJ Green Lantern had been the official DJ for Eminem’s Shady Records. Disk Jockey in the radio sense, Green Lantern hosted a show on Sirius XM’s Shady 45 — the hip-hop parallel to many electronic artists in 2013. Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus, and Baauer will wrap up the Trapped stage with a bang, but the early hours should start easier on the ears and perhaps more hip-hop oriented with The Evil Genius.
Skip breakfast: Save appetite for filling electro-dub of Cazzette
Seb and Alex look to hold down their Cazzette brand at Ultra Music Festival for a second consecutive year. With or without their cassette head-dresses, the duo will bring something to Miami they didn’t have in 2012 — a full-length album. With three installments of Eject and always up-to-date remixes compacted into their USB, Cazzette’s quirky, electro-dub sound is due to empower the Worldwide stage with an array of personalities and energy.
Split-personality: Meet Afrojack’s afternoon persona, Nick van de Wall
Billed for Ultra Worldwide as the headlining act, Afrojack is also slated to his Jacked stage — only without his DJ moniker. During one of the earliest set times of the day, he is listed to play as his birth name, Nick van de Wall, leaving fans curious of what to expect. It’s been anticipated that he will leave his well-prepared sets in his trailer, ditch the standard playlist that is synced with visuals, and spin through tracks that reflect the personality and tastes of Nick — just Nick, Lil’ Jon is not expected this year.
ASOT Ignited: Catch W&W ride hot streak through A State Of Trance
Armin van Buuren’s moving celebration known as A State Of Trance is amid a globe-sweeping tour with several of the biggest acts of the genre. Along for the trip is one of the hottest acts of the season, W&W, the young duo that pushes trance forward with a big room and progressive distinction. Before legendary forces such as Dash Berlin, Ferry Corsten, Markus Schulz, or Armin himself take the reigns at Ultra’s ASOT stage, W&W steamroll the the afternoon off the momentum of latest hits “The Code” and “D# Fat.”