Just barely beat out Zeds Dead for us. Two friends, Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight combine together to become one of the most popular electronic groups in the game. In 2013, they debuted their album My Friends Never Die and it quickly became #1 on Hype Machine. After touring with Pretty Lights and Emancipator, they became extremely popular. Today, they can be seen on almost every huge festival line-up for this festival season. Their newest album, In Return debuted at #1 on the Billboard Electronic Chart and #42 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, which is noted to be remarkable for electronic music. Their breakout single, “Say My Name (feat. Zyra)” reached #1 on the Spotify US viral Chart and was named iTunes Single of The Week in several countries around the world.
One of our favorite jam bands (the other two being STS9 and Zoogma), the last time we saw Lotus was their (unexpectedly short) set at North Coast Festival when they got rained out. We’ve seen ‘em before on their tour and at Summer Set a few years ago as well. As our Rowdy Rep had mentioned, “It was a moment of perfect freedom”. Few other bands can keep you hips swaying and face smiling during an entire set, but Lotus will do it. Originally formed at Goshen College in Indiana in 1999. There were five original band members (Mike Greenfield, Mike Rempel, Luke Miller, Jesse Miller and Steve Clemons) but it was not until Chuck Morris took over percussion in 2001 that the band became what it is today. Their first album, “Vibes” was released in 2002 and was actually just a simple compilation of their live performances in the year previous. Nonetheless, people quickly began to take notice and not long after they signed to Harmonized Records. They went on to produce several new albums, one of which, “Nomad”, was nominated for a “New Groove of the Year” award. The band then signed with SCI Fidelity and produced notable albums such as “Escaping Sargasso Sea” (nominated by Guitar Player magazine for “Best Album of the Year”) and “Hammerstrike”. Lotus is most known for their unmatched ability to mix sounds from many different genres including rock, electronica, jazz, jam, funk and others. If we had to pick one word to describe Lotus’s music is would be spiritual. Get out to their set at the Grove stage, and let your mind get lost in the forest.
We’ve been lucky enough to see Big Gigantic over 5 times now, but they always stay near the top of our hit-list. Watching Dominic Lalli bust his lungs playing soulful sax, and Jeremy Salken keep the beat with live percussion never gets old. We’ve seen their music evolve from mysterious vibes to swanky trap. It’ll be great to see what direction their new tracks take!
For any one who has been to a Bassnectar concert, it’s pretty obvious why he’s always headlining great shows. NO ONE has blended electronic with hip hop as skillfully as Lorin Ashton. His loyal followers, or Bassheads, can be spotted at any festival through Bassnectar logo tattoos and totems. Bassnectar is returning to Summer Set Festival this year after a somewhat disappointing set last year. Maybe it was because he wasn’t allowed to get loud enough, or maybe he was still experimenting playing tracks from the album he had just released last year. Whatever it was, we don’t expect any issues at all. His Spring Awakening 2013 will go down as top 5 best sets ever for us. Get ready to be hypnotized by his hair whipping all over the DJ booth!
It was tough to push Bassnectar down to the #2 spot, but we knew the Mau5 had to take the cake. Despite being a straight up jackass multiple times this year (he’s a very opinionated person), we couldn’t let that get in the way of these rankings. A legend in the scene for many years, Deadmau5 is touring a few festivals with a killer new stage. Although Summer Set won’t be the first to see it (debut at Governor’s Ball in June), it will most likely be more refined. Hopefully we won’t experience the same premiere snafu:
Rehearse all you want, you're still at the mercy at the fuckup who doesn't know how 3 phase power works. Lol. Amazing recovery tho!
— deadmau5 (@deadmau5) June 7, 2015
We’ve been wanting to see Deadmau5 for many years now, it’ll be interesting to see how his music holds up live still.
These guys killed it at North Coast Festival. The ethereal live vocals, the mellow sounds, and the freaky stage come together for one of the most unique bands you’ll see at Summer Set. One YouTuber had commented, “this music feels like taking a submarine to the ocean floor and finding neon-colored aliens hosting an underwater dance party for all the sea creatures.” Yeah, we couldn’t make something up like that if we tried.
Silky vocals and some of the most popular songs this year, have put the Weeknd on the radar of thousands of people. On Saturday, we recommend checking out The Weeknd at the grove stage at 9pm, then head over to see the last 15 mins of Carnage’s set on Main Stage (9:45-10:00).
Local favorites, these guys will be/are doing big things. Make sure to show em some love. Vaski, a Midwest native who recently moved to the west coast recently played a surprise set with Skrillex and friends at Electric Forest VIP. See him before he goes huge.