Maryland’s annual Dreamscape Festival has slowly made a name for itself as a landing spot for East Coast talent. With the 2017 edition slated for this weekend and the full lineup already announced, BADVSS RAVES has quietly assembled the most stacked undercard we’ve seen this year. Always an intimate, genre-diverse event, Dreamscape continues in this tradition by providing mainstream and local talent from most reaches of the electronic music spectrum; everything from deep house to riddim is in attendance for this Mid-Atlantic affair.
While 2017 is still young, many of the artists on Dreamscape’s billing have already made waves with noteworthy performances this year. Forgoing the usual headliners for a balanced mix of up-and-coming talent and industry journeymen, BADVSS RAVES clearly have their finger on the pulse of a few genres. It’s refreshing to see a growing festival not fall back on big name bookings. With all of that being said, here are five names that should be on your radar coming into this weekend!
Anyone who witnessed Arius’ set at Webster Hall this January already have this duo penned into their Dreamscape schedule. After tearing the roof off Bassment in NYC, the pair has been busy touring with DC-local Born I. Expect a high energy set featuring filthy drops and live Launchpad work, as shown in this awesome video.
New Orleans native Boogie T was most recently witnessed dropping the filthiest set of Buku 2017. Not so quietly making waves all along the East and Gulf Coast, Boogie T headlined the official Buku afterparty at Nola’s Dragons Den. Easily one of the fastest growing names in Riddim, his tracks have been dropped by names like Liquid Stranger and Luczid. Look for Boogie closing out The Pool stage Friday night.
Keys n Krates
The Canadian headliners are getting a nod following a stellar performance at Elements Music and Arts Festival 2017. The generally mainstage act adapted their catchy melodies and live percussion to the Elements audience. What resulted was a psychedelic performance that closed out the Earth stage to a round of applause. Their visuals were absolutely incredible Memorial Day Weekend, and we’re excited to see what their VJ has to follow up for the Dreamscape crowd.
NY-based house producer Bad Ginger impressed us back in January with a phenomenal set for Webster Hall’s weekly House showcase, Gotham. Her mixes feature dark and groovy basslines that traverse multiple genres. With a unique combination of Deep and G-House, DJ Bad Ginger adds underground genre diversity to an already stacked undercard.
Dubloadz is well known and loved in the NYC-area. With multiple appearances at Webster Hall’s Bassment Saturday’s, the Jersey-based producer has become a local icon in the riddim scene. Dubloadz makes up one-third of the Chodegang trio (rounded out by Virtual Riot and Barely Alive). With V.R. and B.A. also slated to play the Visionary Grounds, it is hard to imagine a world where the Chodegang trio doesn’t go B2B. Following their neckbreaking debut performance for Girls and Boys this past Janurary, it’s hard for any basshead to pass up Saturday’s lineup.
With an intimate venue and an emphasis on underground talent, the third annual Dreamstate is slated to be one of the years best small festivals. Tickets to Dreamscape 2017 are still available online. Weekend packages start at $175, with wide awake single day passes available as well.