Just last year, Mysteryland announced itself to the world as the stateside iteration of ID&T’s wildly successful European festival brand. On May 23 and 24, Mysteryland returns to upstate New York for another Memorial Day Weekend festival in Bethel Woods, the home of the original 1969 Woodstock festival. Fittingly, the lineup is both epic and a little trippy.
Known as the longest-running electronic music festival, Mysteryland supports genres and talent from all spectrums in the dance music sphere. Mysteryland’s powerhouse headliners Diplo, Dillon Francis, Empire of the Sun, Kygo, Porter Robinson (live), Robin Schulz, and special guest Madeon bring a wide range of sounds that will keep more than 25,000 daily fans dancing throughout Memorial Day weekend on Woodstock’s hallowed grounds, along with fellow Main Stage artists Classixx (DJ set) Claptone, Netsky (live) and The M Machine, plus Bob Moses (live), Goldish, Oliver, Olivier Weiter, Ricoshëi and Tesla Boy. This year’s Main Stage will feature must-see live performances from critically acclaimed duo Empire of the Sun, Porter Robinson (live) and Netsky (live). Recently describing his live show to The New York Times, Porter Robinson, who performs on Saturday, said, “I’ll be singing and triggering samples and running multitracks and playing keys… it’s kind of a more sensitive experience.” On Sunday, drum & bass superstar Netsky will perform with a full live band, playing a mixture of fan favorites as well as brand new material from his forthcoming third studio album for Ultra Music, due out later this year. Fans can also look forward to a newly designed Main Stage that will debut in the U.S. and make the long journey to Mysteryland editions later this year in The Netherlands and Chile. In Mysteryland tradition, the festivities will close with an special grand finale closing ceremony on Sunday night to celebrate the end of an epic, unforgettable weekend.
Since its inception overseas, Mysteryland has always been dedicated to serving as a haven for the underground dance music fans. It continues this long tradition with three dedicated stages each day to explore at the US edition. In the Big Top, Matthew Dear Presents Subversions, his avant garde residency party launched at Verboten nightclub last year with the underlying vision of “performing with artists who inspire me by playing forward, body moving electronic music.” His hand-picked selection of globally revered artists include: Paco Osuna, special guest Maya Jane Coles, Matador, Anja Schneider, Ryan Elliott, and Kevin Castro. For the techno lovers on Saturday on Sunday, Adam Beyer Presents Drumcode will showcase heavy hitters Nicole Moudaber, Ida Engberg, Alan Fitzpatrick, Paul Ritch, and Bart Skils.
New York nightclub Verboten, donned “Brooklyn’s revered underground chapel” by THUMP, curates an array of dynamic talent throughout the holiday weekend. The uniquely designed wood & mirrored Spiegeltent makes its return with Verboten hosting underground champions Lee Burridge, Damian Lazarus, AndHim, Eric Volta and more on Saturday. On Sunday, Verboten Presents Flying Circus will feature Ibiza mainstays The Martinez Brothers, Audiofly, Martin Buttrich, Guti (live), Maayam Nidam, jozif, and more.
Verboten’s popular genre-spanning indie series Zeitgeist also takes over the open-air stage for two days, bringing Skream, Lee Foss, Benoit & Sergio (live), Kill Frenzy, Psychemagik and Wild Dark, followed on Sunday with Zeitgeist Presents French Express taking the reigns and laying down the grooves with Moon Boots, Perseus, Agoria, Kink (live) and Super flu. Throughout the weekend, major underground players will share the stage with up-and-coming local NYC DJ & producers such as Bedouin, Stadenco, Ashwin Khosa, Niki Mcnally, showcasing Mysteryland’s ethos of bringing together internationally renowned and emerging artists.
Bassheads can rejoice as one of Mysteryland’s signature stages, The Boat, will once again feature today’s current bass and trap sounds from the scene’s leading artists including GRiZ, Gramatik, Beats Antique, Savoy, Minnesota, Manic Focus, JackLNDN, and Space Jesus on Saturday while Bro Safari, ILoveMakonnen, TJR, Doctor P, ETC! ETC!, CRNKN, and Gents & Jawns will keep The Boat rockin’ on Sunday. Once again, The Boat will feature a special closing set- The Boat Raid, hosted by Bro Safari’s Animal House.
Fans of The Sound of Q-dance can let loose to the celebrated style championed by Mysteryland for over a decade, featuring faster BPMs and harder sounds, with Frontliner, Noisecontrollers, Bass Modulators, Audiofreq, Mekanikal and Qontest on Saturday. True to form, iconic New York venue Webster Hall brings the most cutting edge names in dance music with Bakermat, Klingande, Goldroom (DJ Set), Bondax, Giraffage, Anna Lunoe, Sweater Beats, Mija, Nora En Pure, Alex English & Webster Hall Residents, and The Unsheathed! on Sunday.
The Mysteryland USA festival will take place on Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24, with the Holy Ground campgrounds opening on Friday, May 22 through Monday, May 25 with exclusive activities for campers. On Friday, May 22, the first unofficial day of the festival kicks off with three stages: The Camping Circus, which houses the official Friday night opening party, hosted by a special headliner – to be announced; the return of the BangOn! NYC bus, expanded to 3 art cars which will include an after-hours silent disco; and new for 2015, the Pineapple Paradise stage hosted by New York locals Brunch Bounce and The Breakfast Club morning parties hosted by Saved By The 90’s. Holy Ground camping’s official 2015 theme of “Camp DoYaWannaDance” inspired by old school summer camps and classic games (giant drinking Jenga, Connect Four and beer pong), hamster ball soccer, a 20-foot inflatable slide, both morning Deep House Yoga and AcroYoga classes.
MYSTERYLAND USA 2015 ARTISTS (listed alphabetically)
ALEX ENGLISH & WEBSTER HALL RESIDENTS
BANGON! NYC COLLECTIVE
BENOIT & SERGIO (LIVE)
BOB MOSES (LIVE)
BRUNCH BOUNCE COLLECTIVE
CLASSIXX (DJ SET)
DJ SUGA RAY
EMPIRE OF THE SUN
GENTS & JAWNS
GOLDROOM (DJ SET)
MAYA JANE COLES
NORA EN PURE
PORTER ROBINSON (LIVE)
Q-DANCE CONTEST WINNER – TO BE ANNOUNCED!
THE BAYSIDE TIGERS PRESENT SAVE BY THE 90’S
THE M MACHINE
THE MARTINEZ BROTHERS