CounterPoint Music Festival is rolling its way back into the electronic music festival circuit this year with a massive line-up, rivaling some of the biggest festival on the market right now. We know that the allure of Counterpoint for many might be some of the names resting at the top of the line-up like Outkast, Pretty Lights, Krewella, and Big Gigantic. And while no one can argue against catching any of those acts, here are a handful of performances that we’d encourage you to give some serious consideration to if you’re looking to dive beyond the headlining acts into some of the riches offered in the lower rows of CounterPoint’s jaw-dropping line-up.
With funk always in high demand, The Floozies will be your endless source of supply at CounterPoint. Still riding the success of their debut album ‘Tell Your Mother‘, brothers Matt and Mark Hill have garnered a wave of support with their fresh and inventive take on funk from the objective of electronic music. The duo is making its way up the ranks opening for acts like GRiZ and Lettuce and landing on major festival like SnowBall and Wakarusa and when The Floozies take the stage, you’ll want to make sure you’re there for their set from start to finish.
Jonathan Kane, aka Shreddie Mercury, has amounted a great deal of success at such a young age. You might recall the name from 2012 when he was announced as the winner of Zedd’s remix contest for his track with Matthew Koma, ‘Spectrum’. For those not familiar, Shreddie Mercury is a vastly talented electronic music producer who rivals his contemporaries with polished but explosive production that are typically complimented with a cascade of masterful melodic composition. Kane has seen his fair share of performances at top-tier festivals like TomorrowWorld and Electric Forest and there is no doubt that he will be igniting the crowd come April.
While many of you may already know Pegboard Nerds, they still tend to get put further down on the bottom lines of festival line-ups and there are arguably still a lot of CounterPoint attendees that might over look them. The Scandinavian duo is simply not to be missed. These two put always deliver energy intensive sets and that deliver a range of sounds and style that are mixed beautifully to get you off your feet. They push some of the heaviest and grittiest yet crisp sound through the speakers ranging from electro and drumstep to glitch-hop and moombahcore. If you’re looking for a set to pick you up off your feet for an extended period of time, this is one you should keep on your radar.
Butch Clancy has been a prominent presence in the electronic music arena for several years but for some reason, time and time again he seems to be omitted from multiple electronic music festival line-ups when they take shape. Butch is well known for crafting eclectic and energy intensive live sets that catch you by surprise with the track selections. The Detroit native will be making his first appearance at CounterPoint this year and if you’d like to ensure that you’ll walk away with memorable set from a non-headliner, Butch is the way to go.
Real Magic is the musical vision pioneered by California’s Drew Englander and while CounterPoint will undeniably be circulating with an overflow of good vibrations, Englander will be filling up the festival with even more uplifting sensations. Bringing live instrumentation, vocals, and electronic hardware onto the stage, Real Magic pushes the envelope of solo live electronic music performance with a dazzling display of musicianship. If there is one act on the lower-tier of the line-up that you should make an invested effort to catch, Real Magic will definitely not disappoint.
No one can or should be shamed for heading to CounterPoint to catch some of the bigger names on the line-up. The roster is packed with some incredible talent from top-down, but in an effort to capture the true essence of what the festival has to offer in regards to artists, familiarize yourself with some of the other acts at the bottom of the roster. There are so many performers, in addition to selected acts above, who are playing a pivotal role in making CounterPoint one of the most anticipated festivals of 2014. Musically, they have so much to offer and will all be playing an major part in bringing the memorable energy and life in which we expect CounterPoint to explode with.