written by Megan Lieberman
Mysteryland, the longest-running electronic music festival in the world, has been making headlines for the lineup of its fourth U.S. installment. Why is Mysteryland topping our festival list now more than ever? A variety of genres tops the list, but is far from the only thing that making the Bethel Woods even shine.
Read on for the 4 trends that set Mysteryland 2017 apart from the rest:
One look at the headliners and you can tell that Mysteryland’s curators were looking to bring more than their traditional electronic offerings to the table this year. From the inspired indie-electronic rock of LCD Soundsystem and Holy Ghost!, to the eclectic rap talent via D-Eazy, Run the Jewels, Jazz Cartier, and Darnell Williams, there’s something for everyone. Major Lazer will close out the festival, accompanied by plenty of trap, deep house, dubstep, and synthpop throughout the weekend.
Strong female artists
We’ll be the first to admit that female representation in electronic music still has a long way to go, although major strides have been made in the past few years. While the sheer number of female acts on the lineup still leaves something to be desired, Mysteryland has brought some of the best female DJs and vocalists to all levels of the lineup, including Anna Lunoe, Elohim, XYLO, and the sister duo Analog Soul.
Mysteryland clearly has international routes. This year’s lineup boasts an impressive number of acts from overseas, including a large handful of Australian-bred groups and producers like Flight Facilities, Wave Racer, and Touch Sensitive. Die Antwood will bring their South African routes, and European influence will be seen from Duke Dumont, KUNGS, and Jamie Jones, among others.
World-class stage hosts
Stage hosts, while often overlooked, contribute greatly to a festival’s experience. From international partners like record label Future Classic and Elrow nightclubs, to local New York-based partners Bushwick A/V and House of Yes, the cultural experiences we expect from a festival like Mysteryland are practically guaranteed.
Are you heading to Mysteryland? Let us know in the comments below. Still considering? Camping and non-camping passes start at $299 and $199 respectively. Get ‘em while they’re still around!