EDM. Electronic Dance Music. The genre with some of the most massive concerts and festivals. Though EDM subverts the definition of “live music”, its shows are some of the wildest events life has to offer.
Shows filled with neon lights, trippy visuals, raucous crowds and next level fashion. Concerts reigning in from the best producers and DJs in the genre; here are the premier Upcoming EDM Events this year, The Best Festivals, Concerts, and DJs on Tour, in 2019.
Bass Canyon: Quincy, WA
August 23-25, 2019
Bass Canyon is just one of many EDM festivals taking place at the Gorge Amphitheatre this Summer. Known for being one of the biggest Bass music festivals in the world, Bass Canyon never disappoints its stunning outdoor venue. The 2019 Bass Canyon lineup is limited to Excision and his friends—but luckily Excision, a seasoned DJ, is friends with everyone. All you headbangers out there better get ready for the time of your lives.
Electric Zoo: NY, NY
August 30 – September 1, 2019
Every year, the now premier EDM fest Electric Zoo takes over Randall’s Island Park for their immersive, themed festivals. Electric Zoo Evolved, the name of 2019’s fest, has yet to announce their lineup. But E Zoo has yet to disappoint in that regard. Last year’s Electric Zoo lineup included: Marshmello, Tiesto, Martin Garrix, Alesso, Bonnie x Clyde, Kaskade, and more.
Outside Lands: San Francisco, CA
August 9-11, 2019
The storied Golden Gate Park music festival has two huge EDM acts in their top tier of performers. The 2019 Outside Lands lineup will be headlined by Paul Simon, Childish Gambino, and Twenty One Pilots. The EDM sets you can catch at this year’s Outside Lands will be brought to fans by Kygo, RL Grime, Flying Lotus, San Holo, DJ Koze, Shallou, and more.
Moonrise Festival: Baltimore, MD
August 10-11, 2019
What is the Moonrise Music Festival? Two days of music, across four stages, at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Moonrise is by far the biggest EDM fest in the area. Though the lineup has yet to be announced—Phase One will be announced sometime in April—last year’s Moonrise Festival lineup included Diplo, DJ Snake, Kaskade, Nghtmre, Excision, Galantis, Griz, Illenium, Zeds Dead, and more.
Imagine Music Festival: Hampton, GA
September 20-22, 2019
Who knew there were “aquatic fairytales” taking place every Summer at the Atlanta Motor Speedway? The Imagine Music Festival has one of the most expansive EDM lineups on the circuit. Though the 2019 Imagine Music Festival lineup has yet to be announced, last year’s performers included: Armin Van Buuren, Bassnectar, Kaskade, Alesso, Galantis, RL Grime, Zeds Dead, Adventure Club, The Glitch Mob, Bear Grillz, and more.
Life Is Beautiful: Las Vegas, NV
September 20-22, 2019
Vast in talent and music genres, the Life is Beautiful Festival maintains its energy and momentum with the help of EDM performers. Though the 2019 lineup has yet to be announced, last year’s Life Is Beautiful Festival featured a number of top-tier EDM acts, such as: DJ Snake, Justice, What So Not, RL Grime, Alison Wonderland, Cashmere Cat, and more.
Zedd In The Park: Los Angeles State Historic Park
September 7, 2019
Last year, 16,000 fans filed in to sold-out, one day music festival hosted by the young EDM prodigy Zedd. With a stage set up in L.A State Historic Park, Zedd and friends then proceeded to thrash in front of a giant LED screen for hours to the pulses and drops of the best EDM had to offer. Now more known on the EDM fest circuit, Zedd In The Park is fortified by a stellar 2019 lineup, including Troy Boi, Keys N Krates, Jax Jones, Brownies Lemonade, and Zedd himself.
DJs on Tour
Deadmau5: Cube v3 Tour
This Fall, Canadian record producer and DJ Deadmau5 will embark on a North American tour featuring his newly renovated, “Cube V3”. The Cube, first designed with Chris Schroeder and Collyns Stenzel, will now be able to rotate on a more acute angle, further punctuating Deadmau5’s meticulously designed sets. The 16-date trek will launch in September and—so far, as more shows are TBA—will conclude in early 2020.
Zedd: Orbit Tour
EDM prodigy Zedd will be on the road this Summer, through October 12th. The “Orbit” Tour is slated to be a huge one, and includes several music festival headlining slots and a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater. “I’ve been working extremely hard putting together this new tour and am beyond excited to finally take it out on the road and share it with my fans,” Zedd said in a statement. “It’s going to be unreal – I can’t wait to see everyone at the Orbit Tour!”
You know it’s TroyBoi when you hear it, his signature sound captivating the minds of EDM heads and critics alike. The London-based producer has rarely missed the mark, dropping hit after hit in collaboration with the largest acts on the scene. From “Soundclash” with Flosstradamus, to “Afterhours” with Diplo and Nina Sky, to his latest, “WARLORDZ” with Skrillex, TroyBoi is slated to exist in the EDM limelight for years to come.
Washington D.C, Charlotte, Nashville, Birmingham, Chicago, Atlanta, and more. GRiZ’s “Ride Waves Tour: Season Two” will take him to several American cities, where he will most likely perform from his new EP, Bangers.Zip. Much like his other EPs, Bangers.Zip features a stellar hip-hop component, brought by the artist Superlove. Fans, get ready for classic, horn-heavy bangers, because GRiZ is bringing the party this Fall.
Polo & Pan
French electro-pop duo Polo & Pan are celebrating the release of their latest EP, Gengis, by going on tour. Beginning in Boston and wrapping up in Oakland, Polo & Pan’s Fall Tour will feature the duo’s upbeat, disco energy, alongside their playful, party personas. As Armand-Delille and Grynszpan told Cool Hunting magazine: “Our songs evoke various emotions, mostly on the positive spectrum: enthusiasm, naïve fun and enchantment. Once in a while we convey something darker for cathartic purposes. We try to build the show like a feel-good movie. With an opening and a happy end, and of course a bunch of adventures in between.”
It didn’t arrive until May, but Buku’s 2019 offering “To Ya Head” was worth the wait. Featuring his signature, frenetic and bass-heavy sound, “To Ya Head” offers the perfect mood for fans to get hyped over a forthcoming tour. According to Buku, “To Ya Brain was a product of a heavy season of festivals and tour dates. I really wanted to present a vibe that tapped into all the wonderful crowds that I experienced. This vibe alongside my newer exploration in modular synthesis created a tune that has been an absolute joy to present to the dancers- which are the backbone to this crazy world of dance music.”
In addition to a number of music festival appearances, Mystery Skulls will embark on the “Back To Life” Tour this Summer. The “Back To Life” Tour begins September 24 in Santa Cruz, and will wrap up with a special Halloween show—its date and location have yet to be announced. Mystery Skulls will be joined by Phangs and Snowblood on the “Back To Life” Tour.
French producer and DJ Gesaffelstein is coming off an unforgettable, landmark performance at Coachella where he became the first artist to employ a monolith covered entirely in Vantablack—a very scarce, very expensive, and quite fragile material—to achieve the affect of infinite darkness. This feat took Gesaffelstein to the next level as the so-called Prince of Darkness. Now, fans who join Gesaffelstein on his tour celebrating the release of his sophomore album Hyperion will have the opportunity to see the artist employ the exclusive use of Vantablack.
Christian Bauhofer, better known by his party-inducing DJ persona Minnesota, will be touring this Summer, through October 26. Being one of the most innovative creatives to spring from the West Coast bass music movement, Minnesota has managed to break away from EDM parameters, while still maintaining an acute utility for dub-step and hip-hop music. Don’t miss out on Minnesota, touring widely this Summer and Fall.
Tycho, now a seasoned EDM producer and performer, is bringing the heat this Summer with his tour to promote his most recent album WEATHER. “On his newest album WEATHER, Tycho continues expanding and refining his sound,” wrote The 405, “dipping into even more sublime headspaces in the process. With a greater emphasis on physical instruments, it’s easily the most organic of his albums…There’s a sense of urgency rippling through the music and when Hannah Cottrell (Saint Sinner) enters the mix with her mostly wordless, other-worldly vocals, she pushes everything into a kind of transcendental space.” From the seemingly flawless transitions between ambient electronic to full band, to his brilliant, kaleidoscopic visuals, you don’t want to miss Tycho promote WEATHER this year.