This weekend, another huge wave of ravers will return to festival life for Beyond Wonderland 2021 at the NOS. Beyond will see Insomniac’s classic array of magical vibes, Alice in Wonderland references, and incredible stage shows return in full force. We’ve picked a handful of artists who we think will do these visual marvels justice with their sets. You can listen to some of their newest music below on our Spotify playlist. Be sure to let us know who you’re seeing on Twitter @GlobalDanceGDE.
Genix (Day II/ MAD HATTERS CASTLE / 8:00PM)
The UK’s Genix is releasing his first full-length album after almost a decade on his famed home label Anjunabeats. The first two singles Numb and Take Our Time demonstrate some of the most sophisticated musicality from the globetrotting producer. His subsequent two-track EP with Libre and Higher & Higher harkens back to the raw energy we know and love from his catalog. The other 12 tracks due out on September 10th have yet to be heard, so that’s enough of an incentive to check out the full set this Saturday as the sun peters out over the NOS.
Kendoll: Mad Hatter’s Castle, 7-8PM, Day I
Kendoll provided a whimsical ode to the weekend that we encourage everyone to chime in on:
‘‘twas the week of beyond and all through LA
not a producer was stirring not even a DJ
— kendoll x( (@kendollmusik) August 24, 2021
More importantly, though, the Tech House producer has an exciting handful of tracks in the pipeline for 2021. Her most recent track Acid Party is a unique tribute to the baseline of the same name, and her Yin Yang Twins/Lil Jon-inspired collaboration with Wendzday Crawl has been slapping even harder in the few months since it’s been out. Get excited to not only hear those tracks but her upcoming release on Thrive Music with Clarity Heatwave, out today.
Dillon Francis (Day I/ QUEENS DOMAIN / 11:00PM)
Dillon Francis has nine songs ready to fire off in the form of his new album, Happy Machine. Three of them have seen the light of day, providing a sweet precursor to what will be a full series of lyrical collaborations. Knowing the diverse nature of his style, it’s too soon to rule out any stylistic surprises in the unheard batch. For now, we have three captivating house-y numbers to go off of- including his latest with Bow Anderson, Reaching Out.
Ducky (Day II/ CATERPILLARS GARDEN / 7:00PM)
Ducky has been quite busy over the last year and a half, most recently with her new single Rise. The euphoric number is only one of the several pieces of ammunition she has in place for the bass stage this weekend. She also has plenty of fun new DJ tricks to make the power hour that much more special, including but certainly not limited to one she discovered the other day:
lol i was playing w stuff for my beyond set and realized i could do this 💀 pic.twitter.com/Vm8C0WDqfz
— DUCKY (@QUACKHOUSE) August 22, 2021
SCHADE (Day I/ART CAR / 11:00PM)
Yeah okay, you saw Shade at HARD Summer. Possibly twice. And?
The California native just dropped his set from that weekend, and anyone who can count knows that there are not one, not four, but SIX yet unreleased beauties that have yet to be heard anywhere outside of a festival environment. Whether they’re all his or some treats to test drive from his homies, this little bag of bangers could easily see more airtime out of a big sound system again.
Dirtyphonics B2B Delta Heavy (Day I/ CATERPILLARS GARDEN / 9:00PM)
Anyone who happened to see the sunrise on the last day of EDC 2019 at the BassPOD knows exactly how breathtaking this specific combination of artists is. Delta Heavy just jumped back into tour mode for the first time in 18 months, rinsing their new single with Koven to captivated crowds in the states and overseas. Dirtyphonics has some exciting new music too…and it’s a little more under wraps:
We’ve been pretty quiet here and that means we’re working very hard on a project that is very important to us 😉 More info soon, have a great fucking weekend! 🤘🏻🤘🏻
— Dirtyphonics (@DIRTYPHONICS) July 17, 2021
Considering it’s been a month since that little hint, it’s reasonable to believe anyone seeing them will be in store for a test drive or two.
DUBFIRE (Day II/ THE LOOKING GLASS/ 11:00PM)
Prolific producer Dubfire has what could be the longest set of the weekend to close things out. He’ll start with an hour and a half on his own, then go back to back with Illario Alicante from 1-2. Somewhere along the way, we expect his latest club weapon Sound Bath to get mixed in. In addition, there are plenty of iconic tracks that he’ll likely weave into the set.
Geo (Day I/Cheshire Woods / 8:00PM)
Long Beach native Geo lit up the Wasteland stage at EDC in 2019. Anybody who can expertly blaze through 35+ songs in an hour is worth checking out. With releases from 2020 like Controlando and Dreams coming down the pipeline, he’s bound to bring a whole new wave of energy to this coming power hour on the first day.
GRUM (Day II/QUEENS DOMAIN / 6:00PM)
Grum’s label Deep State has hosted a load of engaging live streams throughout the pandemic on Insomniac’s Twitch page. This Saturday he returns to help open the megastructure after Adam Auburn with heaters from that very label. In addition, he has a special treat to let loose in the form of his new single on Anjunabeats: Sparkles, out this morning.
WOOLI (Day II/CATERPILLAR’S GARDEN / 10:00PM)
Allegedly, Excision texts Wooli often to tell him how cool he is. That’s enough credibility to draw anyone over to the Bassrush stage when the night gets a little less young. The New York and LA-based producer has been all over the festival circuit since it started back up. His selections from a wide array of fellow Bass Music artists have served as a strong complement to his own releases on Ophelia, including his latest collaboration Shadows with Seven Lions.