These days, it’s pretty common to glance at a music festival lineup and only recognize a couple of names. Most people can relate in their excitement for big name headliners, but when it comes to the undercard, a little extra work is required. In the case of Northern Nights 2018, there is an abundance of small-text artists to discover if one is so inclined. Luckily, we’ve started the process for you with these five can’t miss undercard acts.
They say you should never go to sleep angry. But what about a mad nap? Madnap’s music is melodically inspired by Japanese culture while incorporating elements of trap and future bass. Before producing, he played clarinet, sax and lots of guitar. The young producer attributes Cashmere Cat, Travis Scott, Felix Snow, The 1975 and Flume as his current influences. Expect some catchy electronic sounds bouncing off the redwoods when Madnap takes the stage.
ONHELL is an Oakland-based composer, producer and DJ who is exploring the experimental bass music sphere. Consistently willing to test the bounds of the conventional, he’s highly adept at integrating his influences into sounds that are distinctly his own. Strap in and prepare yourself for some bone-rattling bass.
Hip hop has gone international but there’s still very few instances where the realms of rap and world music meet. Joining hip-hop with classical Indian music, the newly formed group Grand Tapestry, bridges that gap. Featuring Eligh, an independent hip-hop artist known for genre experimentation, Alam Khan on the 25-stringed fretless instrument called the sarode, and Salar Nader on the Indian drum known as the tabla, these three artists have come together to create an epic tapestry of sound. Listen with your eyes closed, mind open, and find yourself in a wondrous state.
Walker & Royce
Walker & Royce started when Sam and Gavin, having known each other in and out of the dance scene for years, finally began working together in 2011. Their musical marriage was serendipitous for the electronic world at large. Combining deep, hard-hitting, groove-riddled house with electro energy and hip hop vibes, these two are sure to be a highlight of the festival.
Hailing from the emerald twilight of Portland, OR, Sepiatonic’s work represents it’s hometown’s unique, innovative, and sometimes quirky energy. Having looked back in time to the historic roots of vaudeville and forward to the booty-shaking horizons of electronic dance music, Larger than life characters, burlesque, and variety acts bring to life the soundscape of original electronic and live music on stage.
Their sound is a mesh of house beats, jazz horns, vocal syncopations, raps, drops, and rises; a seductive exploration of brass, bass, and irresistibly danceable beats.
Northern Nights just added 30+ names to an already STACKED talent lineup! Check out some of the heavy hitters with the full lineup poster below and make the journey to Northern Nights this July 20th! See you under under the redwoods ??