Tomorrowland 2013: Three days, six early sets to catch
With over 400 artists on 15 stages throughout Tomorrowland’s three days, the task of planning who to see and who to snub is overwhelmingly daunting. At most festivals showing up when the gates open is an overzealous endeavor, but with Tomorrowland’s impressive lineup, those who arrive early will be treated to some of dance music’s most exciting talents both new and old.
Crashing the gates on Day one? Then head over to the Carl Cox tent where Jon Rundell will be kicking the day off ahead of the tent’s legendary lineup. Rundell has gained the praise of the man himself, recently collaborating alongside Carl Cox for the Pure Intec 2 collaboration, as well as an unheard of closing set at Cox’s Space Ibiza residency. With the unfaltering support of a techno god on his side, Rundell’s future is extremely bright. Stop by early to catch the future headliner in action, there are only a few DJs on the planet that have received the endorsement of techno’s greatest and Rundell is one of them.
Over at the We Play House stage, Dixon will be filling the day’s second slot ahead of “It’s You” acolytes, FCL. Starting his career in the early 90s as a resident DJ in the techno haven of Berlin, Dixon is set to deliver a performance focused primarily on his talent for tasteful techno. Using his early morning timeslot to prepare the crowd for Bicep, Soul Clap and Todd Terje, Dixon will spend 2 hours deftly establishing a dark and minimal atmosphere accentuated by a cavalcade of Berlin-inspired pops and hisses.
While most know Audien for his breakout hit “Wayfarer,” the young producer’s catalog of original productions is nothing to scoff at. Showcasing his progressive trance persona for the first time at Tomorrowland, Audien is on a mission to establish himself as one of dance music’s most promising freshman and will be making a statement early on Day 2. Taking to the decks in the second slot on Saturday, Audien will bring an expansive set of soaring melodies and unparalleled vocal assets to his first Main Stage appearance at Tomorrowland.
Set your alarms for noon on Saturday to catch Moska’s opening performance at Laidback Luke’s Super You & Me stage. An opening performance at the world’s largest dance music festival is an impressive feat for anyone, but at only 19-years old, Moska’s debut marks a career milestone for the up-and-coming talent. The perfect remedy for a slow start to your second day, the Colombia-born producer will pre-empt the day with a cacophony of ferocious Dutch blares, jump-focused electro house and South American flair.
One of the festival’s most underappreciated talents, Joachim Garraud has production credits on some of the biggest dance music hits of the last decade. Working closely with David Guetta, Garraud co-wrote and co-produced the Frenchmen’s Just A Little More Love album as well as played an integral role in starting the now iconic F*ck Me, I’m Famous imprint. Joachim will follow Deniz Koyu’s monosyllabic electro stylings on Sunday and, as he has done so often in the past, will bust out his iconic keytar and alien masks for those willing to get abducted by the Frenchman’s electro pop leanings.
Canadian DJ Joel Boychuk, better known as Hobo, will be joining the likes of Maceo Plex and Paco Osuna on Richie Hawtin’s M-nus stage for the third day of the festival. Known for a sound that embodies his namesake, Boychuk is destined to deliver a finely-developed journey through countless genres and styles. His mantra; “You stay still, you’re more likely to be left behind” will undoubtedly inspire his performance, and he will make it a point to dig through a deep catalog of cuts designed to keep the crowd moving. Even if Hawtin’s brooding minimalism isn’t your cup of tea, make it a point to spend part of your mid afternoon with Hobo to experience two hours of sonic wanderlust.
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