With three jam-packed days, eight stages, and more acts than you could ever hope to see, the Ultra Music Festival lineup can be a daunting list to tackle. Even so, it's worth combing through the sea of DJs and performers to find the truly can't-miss musicians among them.
This year, in its most massive iteration yet, Ultra has done an excellent job curating music that appeals to fans of all stripes. The selection of live shows features more pop and rap than ever before, and world-famous DJs alongside up-and-comers means a well-rounded EDM experience, guaranteed. If you're attending the festival you've probably picked out your favorites already. But, in case you need help deciding, these are the five performers that we wouldn't want to miss.
Photo: Courtesy of Basement Jaxx.
Few electronic acts can offer a performance as exhilarating as Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe (a.k.a. Basement Jaxx). The duo has been doing its thing for more than a decade and has tons of material to draw from. Hearing modern classics like "Where's Your Head At?" and "Raindrops" may wind up being a festival highlight. Friday, March 28, at the Live Stage.
Chance The Rapper
This year's festival has its fair share of quality hip-hop acts, including Waka Flocka Flame and Pusha T. While we're very excited to see both, we're most curious about what Chicago MC Chance The Rapper will bring to the Live Stage. With recent collaborations with both James Blake and Skrillex, he's clearly interested in branching into the electronic world. Let's hope the world of Ultra is ready to welcome him! Friday, March 28, at the Live Stage.
Photo: Courtesy of Carl Cox.
Like any Ultra, 2014's bringing together some of the biggest names in EDM (Avicii, David Guetta, and more), but there's a bit of dance-music history joining the ranks of the modern chart toppers. Enter British rave pioneer Carl Cox, who has been given his very own stage at the festival. Carl Cox & Friends will play host to acts keeping the spirit of '80s and '90s dance music alive. Being introduced to something new is what festivals are all about, and we can't wait to see young EDM fans getting acquainted with some genre vets. Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29, at the Carl Cox & Friends Stage.
Photo: Courtesy of Trentemøller.
Danish DJ Trentemøller has made a name for himself with his unparalleled remixes and ability to command a giant audience. He's equally at home taking an off-kilter electronic pop song and morphing it into club jam (he's remixed The Knife and Röyksopp, among others) as he is doling out his own productions. Considering his Ultra appearance is billed as a live set, we can't wait to see what (or who) he decides to bust out. Saturday, March 29, at the Live Stage.
Photo: Courtesy of Diplo.
Few DJs can command the stage like Wesley Pentz, better known as Diplo. While the native Floridian isn't turning up with his Major Lazer crew, his energy as a solo DJ can be just as exhilarating. From obscure dancehall to massive pop, you never know what Pentz is going to spin. And, for a genre where some artists tend to hide behind their laptops, Diplo represents with a rockstar persona to match his musicianship. Friday, March 28, at the Main Stage.