Fall Massive is an event put on annually by the local DC/Baltimore promotion groups Steez Promo and Ultraworld. This Saturday (11/26), the event will take place at D.C.’s very own RFK Stadium, former home to the Washington Redskins. Contrary to what you might think for an event at the end of November in D.C., the event will be outdoors in the parking lot 8. From 4PM to 2AM, RFK’s lot 8 will turn into the District’s largest electronic dance event ever, bringing in close to 15,000 EDM fans. Boasting 5 stages, each under its own tent connected via heated walkways, the event will be considered the largest the largest “indoor” venue of the area. If you’re going to Massive, or even if you’re not (but really, why wouldn’t you), check out what some of the artists will be blasting out in the human-heated tents.
Good News: There will be perfect weather for this event, with highs in the low 60s. Also, if you’re slow to buy tickets to Massive this year, general admission and VIP tickets are still available! GA Tickets | VIP Tickets (includes open bar!)
Bad News: There is no bad news.
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When the list of artists coming to the nation’s capital was released for this Massive event, I knew there were going to be some issues with set times conflicting. While some may complain, we all know that having too many good artists to choose from at a given time is a great sign of non-stop top tier electronic music. Besides, the best way to get the most of of a festival or event such as Massive is to mix in an artist you’ve never heard of, an artist you have wanted to see, and of course the rest of the time with your favorites. Don’t miss the opportunity to expand your musical horizons, as Steez Promo and Ultraworld have set us up appropriately to do just that. Without further ado, check out the set times below with favorites highlighted as to where you’re most likely to find TheBeatMill gettin’ dirty.
Also, don’t forget to comment below for any complaints, thoughts, or additions to your favorite artists which will be at Massive. I intended for this preview to be a page where someone could come and get a taste of who’d be playing, especially that artists they haven’t heard, as well as some mix.
Eurphoric Kingdom Stage:
4:00 – 4:45 Malphunktion Facebook
4:45 – 5:30 Proxxy & Lantern Website
12:45 – 2:00 Infected Mushroom (Live) Website | Facebook | Twitter | Infected Mushroom Live @ Tel Aviv 2011 [audio http://dc335.4shared.com/img/798413171/11e490bb/dlink__2Fdownload_2FUewu_5FUlK_3Ftsid_3D20111123-120545-07f1d9a0/preview.mp3]
Heavy Hitter & Why: Moby, for his legendary DJ sets. The man is one of the most influential people of electronic music today, and well, he just spins fire. You will not be disappointed, unless your brain hasn’t gotten enough wobble during the preceding hours.
My Must See & Why: Filo & Peri, for their new Lights N’ Loaded performance. They use two transparent boards used for both DJ mixing and VJ mixing (and/or both) so that the audience can see exactly what is going on while they are mixing. Couple this with an already known presence in the EDM scene, and it’s sure to be a special show.
Biggest Loser & Why: Infected Mushroom. Having seen Infected Mushroom live before, I generally must say they have one of the highest energy sets of a live band performing electronic music today. However, with set times that conflict with Excision and Armand Van Helden, I may have to miss out this time around.
Majestic Palace Stage:
4:00 – 4:45 Latigid
4:45 – 5:15 Trigga Happy
9:15 – 10:15 Sidney Samson Website | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Sidney Samson Live @ Electric Zoo 2011 [audio http://www.hulkshare.com/dl/sp6xoh6x7m6a/Sidney+Samson+-+Electric+Zoo+2011+Live+Set.mp3]
10:15 – 11:15 Martin Solveig Website | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Martin Solveig Live @ EDC Las Vegas 2011 [audio http://www.hulkshare.com/dl/dy2goqahw6xq/Martin+Solveig+-+Live+at+Electric+Daisy+Carnival+2011+Las+Vegas+25-06-2011.mp3]
12:30 – 2:00 Armand Van Helden Website | Facebook | Armand Van Helden Live @ Nikki Beach, Miami 2011 [audio http://www.hulkshare.com/dl/pv40dd20tp9m/Arman+Van+Helden+Live+%40+Nikki+Beach+-+Ultra+Music+Festival%2C+Miami+25.03.2011.mp3]
Heavy Hitter & Why: Diplo, founder and creator of the Mad Decent label. This guy is a globetrotter to the T (or is it G?). He’s been featured in BlackBerry commercials, and worked with some of the biggest names in music like M.I.A. and Chris Brown. His sets are always fresh, and he generally just plays what he wants. Have to love a DJ who’s not afraid to rub people wrong, but hey, he never seems to do that anyways.
My Must See & Why: Armand Van Helden, I’ve been lucky enough to see the other half of Duck Sauce (A-Trak), but haven’t been able to catch AVH yet. I did actually meet the guy in NYC at Wolfgang Gartner’s show, and seemed like a genuinely cool character. He’ll surely drop some tasty Sauce of the Duck variety, and mix it all up with some fresh nu-disco beats.
Biggest Loser & Why: Martin Solveig, he’s up against the same timeslot as Zedd, and well… I’ve heard a lot of Martin lately, and not enough Zedd. Enough said, now that issue’s put to bed (it rhymed, I know).
Dub Nation Stage:
9:00 – 11:00 Skream & Benga Skream FB | Skream Twitter | Skream Soundcloud | Benga Website | Benga FB | Benga Twitter | Skream & Benga Essential Mix 2011 [audio http://www.hulkshare.com/dl/zhwqyvpr6qb3/Skream+%26+Benga+Essential+Mix+2011.mp3]
Heavy Hitter & Why: Smash Gordon, knowing this is a Steez event, you know this guy will bring out the whole bag of tricks. After seeing him a few times, he does not disappoint. Skream & Benga for their all-around sets. Recently seeing them open for Simian Mobile Disco in NYC was quite a treat, and I’ve been sharpening my teeth on their mixes and tracks ever since.
My Must See(s) & Why: First, Bassdread. I generally have no idea who he is, but after hearing his mix (which we shared here) and the clean beginning cleanliness of the mix, who wouldn’t want to see this local talent from Baltimore. I just have this general feeling he will not disappoint (no pressure man). Good Vibes. Second, Dirtyphonics (Live). I have yet to see them, and missed them in NYC. Always up for a good “Live” set.
Biggest Loser & Why: Excision. Now, I love me some Excision, but is it enough to pull me away from an Armand Van Helden set? That remains to be seen. On the other hand, I honestly know what it’s like to be there and make game-time decisions. If I find myself at the Dub Nation stage later on, it will definitely be an internal struggle for me to pull away.
Ultraworld Pavilion Stage:
4:00 – 5:00 Elemental Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | YouTube
5:00 – 6:00 Thunderball Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | YouTube
8:00 – 9:20 Dara
10:10 – 11:00 Scott Henry
12:45 – 2:00 – Ed Rush & Optical Myspace | Ed Rush & Optical – Gasmask [audio http://www.hulkshare.com/dl/6rmgsl8c9biw/Ed+Rush+%26+Optical+-+Gasmask.mp3]
Heavy Hitter & Why: Tittsworth, DC native and part owner of the U Street Music Hall (U-Hall to the locals). Provides a lot of variety in his sets, but gets heavy on some dubstep.
Most Excited To See & Why: Phonat. I’ve never actually been lucky enough to hear about this guy, but after checking out his productions, I’m ear-watering to see him (if that was possible).
Biggest Loser & Why: For me, most of these artists will be misses for me due to the lineups on the other stages. I may wonder this way for some audio expansion though.
VIP Tent Stage:
4:00 – 5:30 Plan B
5:30 – 6:00 Kimsey
6:00 – 6:30 Heartbreak
6:30 – 7:00 Mike T
7:00 – 7:30 Cloud 9
7:30 – 8:00 Shuggadaddee
8:00 – 8:30 Fringe
8:30 – 9:00 Slop
9:00 – 9:30 Medic
9:30 – 10:00 Dubsef
10:00 – 10:30 Sean 216 & RSK
10:30 – 11:00 Alex English
11:00 – 12:00 Knowledge Website
12:00 – 1:30 DJ Who
VIP Stage Notables: Being that I now live in NYC, I’ve seen Alex English a few times at Webster Hall, and once opening for Deadmau5. Unfortunately, I don’t know any of the other DJ’s/producers, which gives me the perfect reason to check some of them out.