The lineup of a music festival is one half of the entire festival experience. There’s the culture of the people there, the culture of the festival itself, and then the music itself that really dictates a certain festivals reputation. The roster a festival chooses is their chance to tastemaker and dictate their view on what acts are currently defining the music landscape. Though Mysteryland USA is only in its second year, it exults one of the most carefully crafted lineups of the upcoming summer season, without losing focus on all of the other details that create your outstanding experience.

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First, the range of genres of dance music that they locked down. The headliners come from indie-electronic (Empire of the Sun), synth-pop/electro house (Porter Robinson), trap/hip-hop (Diplo), tropical house (Kygo), and even moombahton (Dillon Francis) – not to mention securing the illustrious titans of the underground Richie Hawtin, Josh Wink, and Maceo Plex for Friday’s Camping Circus. Outside of the headliners, Mysteryland carefully devised stages based on local curators but made sure to tend to all dance music tastes.

A future funk stage will take place on Saturday with pioneers Griz and Gramatik headlining The Boat. Adam Beyer, Ida Engberg, and more will be adding to the already stacked lineup of tech/deep house talents. Webster Hall takes the duty of providing a stage that boasts some of the hottest up and coming artists in the game like Bakermat, Klingande, Mija, Sweater Beats, and more. Second to last, Bro Safari, Gent & Jawns, and ILOVEMAKONNEN will be locking down their own trap stage titled “Bro Safari’s Animal House” for the bass heads of Mysteryland.

The final note on the lineup is the lack of big room house and progressive house talents. Yes, you could classify Madeon and Porter Robinson under that label, but both have transcended the typical DJ/producer. Mysteryland does not look to exclude the big room beat smiths, but instead is looking to cultivate their own niche in the festival industry. They want an experience unique to them that is diverse and maintain their pride as a culture and arts festival. In conclusion, Mysteryland USA’s lineup is one to really admire for their variance of acts and genres that defines their place in the scheme of music festivals.

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