By Vanessa Tam, Johnny Papan and Molly Randhawa
VANCOUVER – Spread out over five days, Seasons Festival is one of Vancouver’s premiere multi-venue music and arts festivals.
Curating a wide range of international and local talent from genres like R&B and rap to progressive house and stadium-grade EDM, Seasons has something for everyone to enjoy. Pick up a five-day wristband and check out our selection of six must-see acts on this year’s festival lineup.
Above & Beyond
Above & Beyond are one of the most well-known progressive-trance trios hailing from London, England. Creating a one-of-a-kind sound that contains synth-heavy jives, atmospheric ballads and classic grooves, the group has won many prestigious industry awards and run the world-renowned trance and deep house imprints Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep.
A strong force behind dubstep’s rise to popularity in North America during the early 2010s, Excision is one of the loudest, filthiest and most innovative players in dance music. Expect to be immersed in robotic, space-like universes as he explosively guides festival-goers through alternate dimensions of time and solidifies the fact that we are indeed a species living in the future.
Denver-based producer Illenium had a killer 2016 with the release of soulful originals as well as remixes for many mainstream artists including Kaskade, Tove Lo and the Chainsmokers. Creating ocean-like soundscapes where synths crash softly like water on beach-sand, he takes listeners through an emotional audio journey with each track he shares.
19-year-old Valentin Brunel, known internationally as Kungs, has been enthralled by the world of electronic music ever since the success of his remix of “This Girl” with Cooking on 3 Burners. What started as producing feel-good bangers in his bedroom has evolved considerably: Brunel is now touring worldwide, sharing tracks off his debut EP Layers which explores everything from melancholy feelings to happy summer beach vibes.
Vancouver native Pomo, known personally as David Pimentel, has been bringing the funk back to electronic music. Often armed with a synth keyboard and a live band during his performance, Pomo has been forging his own path both locally and internationally with his groove-laden, ‘80s funk-inspired beats after having toured with Anderson .Paak and Disclosure all within the last year.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Juelz is a hip hop and electronic music producer with a diverse track record. With tracks ranging from moody instrumentals to Sean Paul club anthems, Juelz is no stranger when it comes to playing live shows in his hometown, although this will be the artist’s first time on a festival lineup.