The summer festival season is wrapping up this Saturday but it’s not going out with a whimper, it’s going out with a brain-searing, gut-busting, mother-fucking bang and I’m here to give you the best advice you won’t remember for your trip to the NOS Events Center in San Bernadino this saturday. Insomniac is bringing the 2010 Nocturnal Festival around for its 16th year, and with it come six massive stages to be played on by 50+ artists, complete with dozens of art installations and carnival rides to boot.
This year’s edition sports a lineup covering almost all of the bases for electronic music fans. Ferry Corsten and ATB head up the Labyrinth, Steve Angello and Dada Life will be blasting some big-room madness, and for the dub-steppers Skream & Benga will be performing a two hour back-to-back set that is not to be missed. For your own well-being, we’ve got recommendations from three EasyLove artists on who they would be seeing, with a grip of individual downloads from all mentioned artists or conveniently zipped into one folder for your clicking-ease!
Brain.wavs Picks: “If you saw Pretty Lights at EDC in 2009 you got a real special treat. I remember raging face front row with all my friends, no one was really even there. He ripped our faces off that night, I’ll never forget that performance and was instantly transformed into a life long Pretty Lights fan. That’s been a while though and he has most certainly evolved. His unbelievable new drummer makes it a truly “live” performance and I can assure you this will be the highlight of this years Nocturnal!!! Pretty Lights distributes all his music for FREE and tours his ass off to make money. Support him and this ideal of sharing music by paying to see him rip your face off live and in person!
I’ve never had the pleasure of seeing Plastician live but I have had the pleasure of hearing his music. To be clear I’m not really a true dubstep fan, I love some of it and I also really dislike some of it. Plastician is on point though and his productions are, to put it simply… Epic! This isn’t that squashed to shit noise porn dubstep, it’s beautiful dubstep with just the right touch of filth. Even if you’re not familiar with his work, just go see him, you’ll be off to another “place” and this “place” will blow your mind.”
Ginger Kid & AZN GLO Picks: “Bingo Players started out in small bingo halls in Holland, but this house duo has grown huge, topping the Beatport charts multiple times since their remake of Devotion – these guys create solid originals and huge remixes. Felguk is a Brazilian duo known for their wicked, hard-hitting electro sound. They’ve done collabs with such artists as Tim Healey, Neelix, Spencer and Hill, and Sporty-O and destroyed the Avalon just a few weeks ago. Everyone always argues about who is the number one trance DJ. There is either Team-Tiesto or Team-Armin. Nobody argues about who is number three – Markus Schulz. The Man, The Legend, the German Trance God who ripped my face off several times, even after reconstructive surgery, most recently on July 4th at Ruby Skye in SF. Beast.”
Yooj’s Picks: “I know these picks may seem a little obvious but, when I go to a festival, I go to see festival headliners who bring the noise made for the stadiums. Don’t get me wrong I love me some electro or dubstep on a fat system but those are made with the clubs in mind first. Steve Angello and Tocadisco are bona fide stadium-rockers as many of you who went to EDC can attest (in Angello’s case) – they’re purveyors of the euphoric two minute buildups we all love followed by those arena-shaking drops. If you don’t want to stick to just the main stage though, do your ears a favor and go see Skream and Benga going back-to-back for at least the hour before Angello’s set time at 11 – I usually think of dubstep as just banging, drunkard music but Skream turns it into an epic experience.”
Harry ‘Choo Choo’ Romero, Junior Sanchez & Alexander Technique – Where You Are feat. Shawnee Taylor (Steve Angello Edit)
Steve Angello – Knas
Dirty South & Mark Knight – Stopover (Tocadisco Remix)
Wippenberg – Pong (Tocadisco Remix)
Skream – Where You Should Be feat. Sam Frank
If you don’t like to waste time not rocking out, I’ve got all 12 tracks in one convenient click.
Don’t forget to check back for our Nocturnal Wrap-Up post after you’re all recovered!
Get your tickets to the 2010 Nocturnal Festival here.