DJ Times’ Can’t-Miss at Mysteryland USA
Bethel Woods, NY — There’s a very special weekend in store for upstate New York. Tomorrow marks the US debut of ID&T’s Mysteryland, the world’s longest running electronic music festival. Running May 23-26, the event represents an important milestone for dance music: the multi-day festival is taking place on the hallowed grounds of the legendary 1969 Woodstock festival.
With more than 200+ performers, six stages, and two full days of music, trying to see everything is both overwhelming and impossible. Luckily, DJ Times is here to show you what you can’t miss this weekend at the inaugural edition of Mysteryland USA.
Attendees lucky enough to have snagged a camping pass will start the party a day early on Friday. After setting up their tents, Holy Ground campers will have a full night music ahead of them at Nicky Romero’s Protocol Records NY Reboot. John Dahlbäck, Don Diablo, Michael Calfan, Tritonal, and Vicetone are scheduled to play well into the morning hours, and a special surprise performer is sure to tear up the campgrounds that evening.
The Main Stage
For the festival’s American debut, ID&T has created a brand new Main Stage design that hasn’t been seen anywhere else yet. It’s no surprise that it features a diverse roster of dance music’s biggest names, including Nicky Romero, Nervo, Fedde Le Grand, Dillon Francis, and Moby. With closing sets on Friday and Saturday provided by Steve Aoki and Kaskade, respectively, the party will rage nonstop from start to finish. Just try to avoid being hit by an airborne cake.
Sunday School Mini Fest
Festival nomads looking to explore the waters of underground dance will be treated to three stages-worth of house and techno heavyweights at the Sunday School Mini-Fest. The circus-themed Big Top tent will include performances from Joris Voorn, Dubfire, Coyu (who recently chatted with us about his Mysteryland USA performance), Jeremy Olander & Fehrplay, and tINI. Attendees venturing over to the Spiegeltent will experience its unique wood and mirrored design, as well as the only Visionquest showcase this year, complete with all four founding memebers: Seth Troxler, Ryan Crosson, Shaun Reeves, and Lee Curtiss. Sunday’s lineup is no slouch either, with Heidi, Justin Martin, and Pete Tong all slated to throw down.
The mini fest even boasts a Vinyl-Only stage, where you’ll be able to catch rare analog sets from acts including Lee Foss, Victor Calderone, DJ Sneak, and a special Ovum 20 Year Anniversary set from label co-founder Josh Wink. Those looking for a change of pace should make sure to check it out.
The Boat & Q-Dance
As one of Mysteryland’s most recognizable stages—having appeared at the festival in both The Netherlands and Chile—The Boat will make its US debut and showcase today’s leading bass and trap music sounds. Bassheads will ascend to low-end heaven with sets from Big Gigantic, Paper Diamond, Chase & Status, and Bro Safari. The big news? The Dillon Francis and Flosstradamus supergroup Dillstradamus will be making its official debut. Get ready to “Get Low.”
High-octane BPMs and face-rattling bass is the name of the game at Mysteryland’s Sound of Q-Dance stage. It’s a rare opportunity for Americans to witness these Hardstyle acts live, as this will be the brand’s first appearance in the Northeast since its 2012 US debut.
Last, but certainly not least, is the food. Heading up from Brooklyn, NY, the weekly Williamsburg foodie staple Smorgasburg will host a full Food Festival at Mysteryland USA. With the Brooklyn Wok Shop, Jack’s Chedbred, and Chickpea & Olive on the menu, Smorgasburg is not something your stomach can afford to miss.
Have you planned your Mysteryland USA schedule yet? If not, head here to check out the full lineup and get more information