For those of you who have attended Baltimore, MD electronic music festival Starscape before, this scene should look familiar. Most likely, it is the same scene with which you both started and ended your festival experience (minus the fat chick). Starscape takes place right on the harbor of the Chesapeake Bay. And that itself is truly awesome. But the thing that makes Starscape so special is this: remember that notion of pacing yourself for music festivals? Starscape’s never heard of it.
While that mentality has resulted in a fair share of mishaps (one of which, in 2010, I was unfortunate enough to witness), it certainly breeds an energy and ferocity unlike any other festival I’ve ever been to. The gates open at 2 PM on Saturday and do not close well into the morning on Sunday. Once you enter, you are inside the gauntlet for the better part of 16 hours. And boy is there a lot of good music to enjoy during that time.
Starscape is the first place I saw Rusko. In other words, it changed my life. It changed my perception on dubstep and bass music in general. This year, they plan to do that again with one hell of a lineup. Headlining this year is Chase and Status, whom I’ve never seen and can only imagine are going to live up to their legacy. The rest of the lineup fills out with heavy hitters like Wolfgang Gartner and Flux Pavilion. Aside from the usual suspects, however, surprises like Shpongle and dubstep “band” Modestep and laser royalty Ghostland Observatory are sure to provide new experiences for everyone (myself included). Oh, and that’s only the main stage.
The Bass Drop tent is where you’ll want to head for your electro fix with Dada Life, Zedd, Kill The Noise, Donald Glaude and Lucky Date all bringing the noise. Sunrise Stage will provide your dose of bass with Mimosa, Adventure Club, Paper Diamond and more. And the Beach Stage is where all of you will go to lose your minds in the wee hours of the morning with the good company of Schoolboy, Delta Heavy, Skism, Figure, Zomboy, Cookie Monsta, Dillon Francis and Noisia. I can’t believe I get to go to this festival… This lineup is absolutely sinister.
The best part? The price. In what I believe to be a very fair price, a general admission ticket to this circus is only $75. VIP includes an open bar for the night and is only $175. The venue is so small and intimate that you’ll be able to see all of your favorite and soon-to-be favorite DJ’s and artists easily and all in one night. Trust me, your mind will be blown.
Pick up tickets here through MissionTix and learn more about the festival on Starscape’s website here. Gates open Saturday, June 9th at Ft. Armistead Park in Baltimore, Maryland and don’t close until everyone’s had their fuckin’ fill!