5 must-see sets at Toronto’s Electric Island season finale
As the September long weekend has snuck up on our radar, the unfortunate and hard-to-digest reality is that summer’s on its way out. The pinnacle of this year’s festival season brought upon an abundance of notable moments such as the inaugural edition of the long-awaited All My Friends Festival and of course, the return of English duo Disclosure with five disco-esque singles.
For those seeking one last summer soirée before accepting the gradual transition into coat-check season, Electric Island has made its name within the Toronto community as the unmissable summer event series. With past editions bringing out an imposing selection of talent, attendees have flocked towards the Toronto Island for this seasonal experience, awaiting to groove on the piece of paradise.
Set to host their two-day season finale over the course of September 2-3, the fourth edition hosts headliners like Loco Dice, Nicole Moudaber and Lane 8 to ring out each day. In preparation of the final event, Dancing Astronaut has assembled a list of our most-anticipated sets ahead of the upcoming weekend on the island.
Though his placement on the Anjunadeep label has created him a notable profile, Daniel Goldstein has procured his own reputation for his idyllic, dreamy house soundscape. A curveball booking thrown into the abundance of techno and tech-house, Lane 8 falls perfectly into the sunset scene of the islands.
In creating a musical catalog that represents a vast undertaking of minimalist, yet intermingled melodies, Rodriguez Jr. has captured eyes across the nation over the past few years. From the softer cadences in his techno productions to iridescent synths that remain consistent throughout his work, he remains a staple selection in the Electric Island finale.
Coming to a city that fiends the Dirtybird vibe, Justin Martin will be welcomed with open arms over the September 2-3 weekend. As the label co-founder, Martin showcases an impressive selection of genres across the board from drum ‘n’ bass to tech-house that Torontonians have come to love.
Fresh off of his closing b2b set with The Martinez Brothers at Movement Festival, Loco Dice fits into a perfect fold of hip-hop-tinged, bouncing house music. The release of his latest album, Love Letters, brings an air of spontaneity to his latest work, and foreshadows a dynamic closing set on day one of Electric Island.
With recent recognition making her one to watch in the game, Charlotte De Witte has heads turning with her high-intensity take to techno. Joining the Electric Island season lineup with other female power-players like Ellen Allien, Sydney Blu and Nicole Moudaber, De Witte’s set is not one to miss.
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