Where do you glance first on a lineup announcement poster? Do you try to confirm your knowledge of the headliners or zoom in trying to actually read that very bottom line? Now just lists of names and streams of logos, these artists will soon be the fuel for tens of millions of summertime tales — each colorful narrative a unique perspective on that shared experience. As the pool of talent across the festival landscape seemingly dwindles, the stories themselves begin to homogenize. So, since we support all festival attendees, from the main stage fence-hangers to the incessant stage wanderers, this list examines a selection of artists who will keep your recap (plus pics, .gifs, snaps, and vids) premium. These are the most unique festival gets of 2015 thus far.
Senior Staff Writer
10. DJ Snoopadelic
Movement Electronic Music Festival
During the initial reveal process of Movement 2015, an image with a glass of gin and some orange juice surfaced, but many were weary to assume Snoop Dog would make the bill for a predominantly techno festival. Well, it looks like those on both sides of the debate were correct on this one, as it seems another of Snoop’s many aliases, DJ Snoopedelic, will be bringing the vibes to Detroit’s Hart Plaza. Whatever date that Snoop takes the stage, expect for the forecast to be overcast. And Snoop isn’t totally unaccustomed to entertaining a dance crowd; he performed at Ultra Music Festival in 2013 and even made a few special appearances. Paxahau attests that curators don’t always have to go after some elusive gem; sometimes an interesting spin on a festival favorite can be equally unique. –Derek Staples
9. DJ Windows 98
Buku Music + Art Project
For those who remain unaware, DJ Windows 98 is the solo party-starting alias of Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler. Yes, the same Butler who has been known to make some rather unflatering remarks about DJ and EDM culture in the past. However, we try not to hold a grudge. Butler has a few DJ gigs on his resume, but is still a bit green behind the decks. Butler’s only revealed festival appearance of 2015 thus far, Buku slots him low in the bill, but it’s an interesting crossover between the pure club vibes of Benoit & Sergio and the likes of Passion Pit and Empire of the Sun. –Derek Staples