Moving across to the Hilltop Arena on Day 2, we see a lineup of artists that range from young acts with digital/viral fan bases, to the middle of the pack performers, building steam as mainstay names of electronic music, to the savvy festival veterans, where Electric Zoo is a guaranteed circle of the calendars. With that, it’s hard to say who is most exciting to preview as they all have something to prove. As a stage with no ringleader or label theme to shape the day, it’s really anyone’s game for performance of the night. For more info on stages we’ve written on so far, click the links below, and check out our full write-up of the EZF Saturday Hilltop Arena preview after the jump!
Who You Canâ€™t Miss
Rusko -Â The guy is noted as the special guest for a reason. As a leader in bass-driven groove Rusko is not to be missed, especially if you are feeling the pressure from the later offerings of Axwell, Sasha, or Above & Beyond into Saturday evening. Aside from his stellar full-length album (a rarity these days) “Songs” released earlier this year, Rusko has recently locked in residency at Rain nightclub in Las Vegas. This can only mean more energy, more excitement, and more head-banging than we’re used to from the dub soldier.
Rusko – Somebody To Love
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Under The Radar Performer
Mord FustangÂ -Â The Estonian prodigy is under the radar simply because of the gaps in between his releases. At last year’s Electric Zoo he would have been virtually unheard of, then after a flurry of originals and remixes released within weeks of one another, Mord has gone silent since the end of last year when he released arguably his most melodic groove and frequently used debut track, “We Are Now Connected”. At the end of the day he is an extremely talented electro producer, and if he delivers a medley of new productions he will be the one to watch at Hilltop.
Mord Fustang – We Are Now Connected
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Who You Can Pass OnÂ
Benny Benassi -Â As one of the godfathers of EDM’s popularity into the masses over the past few years it’s tough to put Benassi in this hole but the fact is there’s too much going on in the final hours of Saturday to worry about a guy you’ve seen before and will see again. Though his productions are still solid (taking on a remix to “Jammin'” is no easy task), the guy is withered in more ways than just the grey in his beard.
What We Want to HearÂ
Morgan Page vs Tom Fall – Rock Fight (Morgan Page Festival Mashup)
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Wolfgang Gartner – Flexx
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