The first-ever TomorrowWorld festival—the international version of Belgium’s renowned TomorrowLand festival—is set to take over a large portion of the rolling hills outside Atlanta, Georgia, this weekend with three days worth of heart-pounding, mind-bending dance music. Boasting a jaw-dropping lineup that includes the likes of Tiësto, Armin Van Buuren, Afrojack, Porter Robinson, Axwell, Steve Aoki, A-Trak, Diplo, and Claude VonStroke (to name a few), TomorrowWorld is certainly not short on top-notch mixmasters. Still, the festival is not merely a top-heavy event full of megastars; there is plenty of depth to the talent TomorrowWorld plans to offer. With this in mind, we’ve chosen five acts that may not be at the top of every festival-goer’s list, but certainly should not be missed by those in attendance at the gathering’s inaugural session.
Belgian producer/DJ Sem Thomasson has been on the rise for some time now, with his anthemic take on tech-minded progressive house yielding a number of peak-time floor fillers and making the man a hotly tipped remixer. With the jock’s hometown festival now expanding overseas for the first time, it seems only right that TomorrowWorld attendees get a proper taste of Belgium’s dance-music flavor, and we can’t think of a better man for the job than Sem Thomasson.
Whether you call it “hardstyle,” “jumpstyle,” “hard dance,” or something else altogether, there’s no debating that Coone is the guy to deliver it. Some may know his music from the infamous (but also amazing) Moped Dance YouTube clip from five years ago, but many more know Coone for turning out increasingly sharp, extremely hard-edged beats through labels like Dim Mak and his own Dirty Workz imprint. There’s not many known to throw down behind the decks at quite the same level as Coone (who, we should point out, also hails from Belgium), and that’s why his is one set you definitely won’t want to miss.
Once upon a time, Skream (pictured above) was a force to be reckoned with inside the UK’s formative dubstep scene, but more recently the veteran producer/DJ has turned his sights squarely on disco—yes, you read that right, disco. As it turns out, Skream is a pretty damn good disco DJ, as he’s proven so many times this year, hitting a number of festivals and the sun-kissed island of Ibiza with many a set of vintage-tinged, soulful sounds. Skream’s set on Sunday is likely to land on the lighter side of TomorrowWorld’s sound spectrum, which makes it likely to provide a nice balance to the massive tunes which will be belting out across every other stage all weekend. Festival attendees can be confident that the UK veteran’s sumptuous mix of effortlessly fun disco grooves will do their minds—and eardrums, of course—some good.
The “Jack”-man himself, Breach, is set to take to the decks early Saturday afternoon, and his tech-minded brand of deep house is a sure bet to get the party started way before the sun goes down. Though most may know Breach simply as the man behind the “Jack” anthem, his set at TomorrowWorld is bound to show off how much further his talents reach, and everything from, well, jacking UK house to space-age bass and soulful deepness are bound to keep the dancefloor (or dirt floor) moving.
Chicago legend Cajmere (alternately Green Velvet) will bless TomorrowWorld with a proper dose of real house music Sunday evening on the dirtybird-curated stage. With house being all the rage with the kids these days, it’s only right that TomorrowWorld takes a few minutes to check in with one of the genre’s originators. The man’s a beast behind the decks, and his set is sure to be a hot one.
**Bonus: RiFF RaFF
The presence of Houston rapper RiFF RaFF isn’t that awe-inspiring in itself, but it’s hard to deny that the often audacious MC does stick out in a festival otherwise dominated by DJs and knob twiddlers. At the very least, RiFF RaFF’s TomorrowWorld set is bound to be unique, and—who knows—maybe one of the most odd/funny/fun hours the festival has to offer.