The Nocturnal Times names five undercard acts you must catch during the third annual Imagine Music Festival in August.
With Imagine Music Festival returning to the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Atlanta, GA for its third installment in less than a month, it’s time for festival goers to begin making their lists of must-see artists. Boasting eleven big-name headliners, and over 50 other world-class musical acts spanning all electronic music sub-genres, as well as a solid collection of jam bands, Imagine Music Festival has something new for first-time festival attendees and long-time connoisseurs alike.
We at The Nocturnal Times have put together a diverse list of five undercard artists you absolutely cannot miss at the biggest-yet, third annual Imagine Music Festival this August 26th through 28th.
Thomas Jack is an Australian DJ and producer whose smooth, summery, beach-vibe rhythms can compare him the Beach Boys of electronic music. Inspired by deep house as well as acoustic rock and jam bands, his tracks heavily feature live instruments, particularly saxophone, flute, piano, and guitar, and generally have a relaxed, sunny, uplifting feel. Despite being the first to coin the term “tropical house”, international producers such as Kygo and Klingande soon became associated with the subgenre. Jack began a podcast mix series called Tropical House, which featured guest mixes by Felix Jaehn, Bakermat, Robin Schulz, and others. Jack became well-known across EDM websites for his original tracks such as “Symphony” and “The Final Speech,” as well as his remixes of popular artists such as Of Monsters & Men and One Republic. Thomas Jack is a perfect act to catch as the last days of Summer fall upon us.
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Orlando Higginbottom, better known by his stage name, Totally Enormis Extinct Dinosaurs, is a British electronic music producer, DJ, and singer based in London. TEED produces primarily indietronica, future house, and electro house. He has composed two songs with the American artist, “Warm Water” and “Bedroom Wall”. He has also provided feature vocals for Dillion Francis on “Without You”. TEED’s Trouble era live show combined visual and audio elements. He was notorious for his flamboyant headdresses and bright coloured handmade stage outfits and was usually accompanied by dancers. He has toured the globe extensively, with headline appearances at many of the world’s best-known festivals, including Glastonberry, Lollapalooza, Parklife, Secret Garden Party, Sonar, and more.
Arty is a Russian record producer and DJ who is best known for flawlessly combining the sounds of house and trance music. Beginning in 2009, in just two years, Arty landed releases on his two favourite labels, setting the tone for his impressive rise through the scene. He has since released huge tracks on the likes of Armind, Spinnin’, Big Beat, Ministry of Sound and Insomniac, crafting immensely popular remixes for OneRepublic, London Grammar, Above & Beyond, Halsey, Porter Robinson, and Years & Years along the way. Moving to Los Angeles in 2012, he signed with Interscope Records – releasing his biggest track ‘Up All Night’ as his first venture with them and racking up over 20m plays online in the process. His DJ career began at the age of 21, with his first major gig in 2011 alongside Armin Van Buuren as part of his A State Of Trance Episode 500 tour at the expansive Brabanthallen in Amsterdam. Since then, he’s played at massive events and world-renowned venues including EDC, Tomorrowland, Ushuaïa, XS Encore Las Vegas, Amnesia Ibiza, and Creamfields to name just a few.
John Dadzie, better known as 12th Planet, is a Los Angeles based dubstep and drum and bass producer and DJ. As one of the first individuals to bring the dubstep culture to America, 12th Planet has frequently been cited as the American Dubstep King. 12th Planet works frequently with LA local, Skrillex, and has also done collaborations with various dubstep producers including Datsik, Doctor P, Plastician, and Skream. 12th Planet has toured globally in London, Sydney, Auckland, and across the US. He has also played at many American dance festivals such as EDC, Together as One, SXSW, Coachella, Ultra, Nocturnal Wonderland, and Beyond Wonderland. He is represented by AM Only, one of the largest agencies in the electronic music industry. He also finished in 20th place in the 2013 America’s Best DJ competition-a vote and promotion to find out the country’s most popular DJ conducted by DJ Times magazine.
Pendulum is an Australian drum and bass and electronic rock band founded in 2002 best known for mixing hard rock with electronic music and covering an immense range of genres. The group has produced various remixes of other artists; one of the best-known being the remix of “Voodoo People”, originally by The Prodigy. In 2008–2010, they covered/remixed songs including Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song”, Linkin Park’s “The Catalyst,” Calvin Harris’ “I’m Not Alone,” Coldplay’s “Violet Hill”, and Metallica’s “Master of Puppets”. Pendulum’s versions of “I’m Not Alone” and “Master Of Puppets” both exist as studio recordings but have not been officially released, and are only previewed during DJ sets, both of which were first performed during their American tour as a supporting act for rock legends Linkin Park. Pendulum creates a sound reminiscent of electronic rock, but with much more prominent drum and bass and, more recently, dubstep influences. Some songs, such as “Slam”, “Propane Nightmares” and “Witchcraft” are synth-led, whilst others, such as “Showdown”, “The Tempest” and “Comprachicos”, are guitar-led. Bassist Gareth McGrillen stated in an interview that they use 13 computers during the live performances, all of which are mixing the sounds produced by the instruments in real time.
Tickets for the biggest yet, third annual Imagine Music Festival complete with camping, five stages, workshops, and more are on sale now starting at $169 for GA three-day event tickets and GA three-day camping starting at $69.