Guest Written By Kyle DePriest
Photo Credit: Dancefestopia
Located along the Kansas/Missouri border lies the Emerald City. No, this isn’t Oz. But it is Kansas. Dancefestopia’s new location promises to deliver an unforgettable dance experience for the 4th consecutive year. This year, campers will have the opportunity to bond together, deep within the forest, where the music and festivities will continue well into the night.
A headbanger’s ball from start to finish, dubstep lovers will rejoice throughout the 3-day festival. Adventure Club, REZZ, Illenium, Flux Pavilion, Snails, and Zeds Dead will surely draw the largest crowds of the weekend, but there will be options for every subgenre that will not disappoint. Thursday arrivals will be blessed with an exclusive pre-party featuring Flux Pavilion B2B Doctor P B2B Funtcase B2B Cookie Monsta. You’ll rarely see these masters of bass sharing the same stage, so be sure to add on the Thursday pre-party option!
Montreal’s finest, Christian Srigley and Leighton James know how to start a party. Their ability to toe the line between EDM dance cuts and floor-rumbling dubstep is nothing short of impressive, so be prepared for a large crowd at the main stage. The Canadian DJ duo offers something for everyone and will be sure to keep everyone dancing long into the night.
Another heavy-hitting DJ duo from the North, Zeds Dead get their name from the cult classic film, Pulp Fiction. The Toronto natives first made waves in 2009 as they blended house music, dubstep, and hip-hop, which transcended traditional genre classifications. Since then, Zeds Dead has collaborated with the likes of Diplo, Pusha T, and Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo.
Back from medical leave and cancer free since October 2017, the British dubstep artist is set for his first of many appearances. His catalog is an eclectic mix of songs that cannot be labeled easily. With clear reggae inspiration throughout, Rusko’s performances can be as jovial as they are grimy. The return of this dubstep pioneer is something you won’t want to miss.
Said the Sky
Need some positive, upbeat energy to get your day started? This Denver-born artist is sure to deliver. Said the Sky’s sound is a comforting blend of peaceful melodies and buoyant hooks that are simply good for the soul. He’s recently started to gain more buzz through a memorable collaboration with Illenium and Seven Lions on the song “Ares”. Do yourself a favor and give yourself the positivity boost.
The up and coming Chicago DJs have yet to gain mainstream attention, but they have certainly been making noise in the dubstep underground. With remixes of classic songs like Kings and Queens by 30 Seconds to Mars and Numb by Linkin Park, Axilon explores a wide range of different sounds to make your head nod.
Dancefestopia has broken its attendance records the past 3 years and it’s on pace to do it once again. Not only does the festival have a new home, but a multitude of exhilarating experiences will also be introduced this year. If you’re looking for extra thrills, take a trip on a hot air balloon or experience the same views on a helicopter. You can also paddle a canoe with friends, test your climbing skill on a rock wall, or zip line through the trees to the sounds of one of your favorite DJs. Lastly, don’t forget about those daily costume contest!
Tickets are limited, so if you’re planning a trip to the Emerald City, be sure to buy yours soon here.