By Andrea Nazarian
Looking for an epic way to close out 2018? Lucky for you, Canada’s largest winter music festival is on its way back to Vancouver. The biggest indoor party of its kind in Western Canada, Contact Festival showcases some of the most notable international acts, up-and-comers and local talent in EDM, big-room house and trap. On Friday December 28 and Saturday December 29, Contact Fest’s stacked lineup will be throwing down across two massive stages at BC Place. The festival is all ages with a 19+ bar and 19+ VIP area, with one and two-day passes available. Here is just a selection of some of the acts we are vibing with the most.
Skrillex has been the poster boy of electro and dubstep for almost a decade now. Taking the EDM scene by storm after releasing “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” in 2010, he’s since won Grammys and collaborated with some of the biggest names in music. Nowadays, catch him touring the world and running the show at his record label OWSLA.
Hailing from New York City, The Chainsmokers caught the attention of listeners after dropping their 2014 banger “#Selfie.” Reaching major success with the release of “Roses” in 2016, Chainsmokers members Drew Taggart and Max Hall have managed to consistently ride radio waves and sell out shows with their EDM hits.
Super producers Christian Karlsson of Miike Snow and Linus Eklö of Style of Eye came together to form EDM sensation Galantis after meeting in Stockholm. The two are known for crafting some of pop’s biggest hits; Karlsson with Britney Spears’ Toxic and Eklöw with Icona Pop’s I Love It. Known for their feel-good, pop-influenced tracks, Galantis has become a staple in the dance music world.
Before blowing up as an EDM producer, this Australian began her musical career as a classically trained cellist. She regularly samples her own vocals in her tracks, and has a knack for blending pop sonics with dance floor bangers. Catch this purple-haired music maven headlining major festivals like Coachella, EDC and Lollapalooza.
Known best for his bombastic trap beats and blending sounds from around the globe, British producer TroyBoi is a force to be reckoned with in the world of electronic music. This East London native has remixed songs from chart-toppers like Missy Elliott, ZAYN, and Danny Brown, and is showing no signs of slowing down.
Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Asaf Borger aka Borgore leveraged his background as a drummer and started producing Metal-influenced EDM tracks early in his career – a genre he calls “gorestep.” He’s released a slew of bangers under his own record label Buygore and has recently collaborated with hip hop acts like Gucci Mane and G-Eazy.
Contact Music Festival takes place Dec. 28 and 29 at BC Place. For more information, visit www.contact-festival.com