Speechless would be an understatement.. We are incredibly humbled and thankful to all of our #bpfamily & #contactfamily out there that have officially helped us SELL OUT Contact Winter Music Festival G. A. tickets *completely in advance* 24 days before the festival doors even open. After 3 + years of love poured into @ContactFestival we are blown away that collectively we all make dreams come true. Your last chance to get into #ContactFest this year is ONLY if you are 19+ and by purchasing what’s left of our limited VIP tickets.. Hit up contact-festival.com **ASAP** or risk getting left out in the cold! Below is a complete guide to the main stage madness about to happen very soon with a background on all of our #CONTACT2014 artists;
On December 26th when the doors of BC Place swing open and dance music fans flood on to the football field for #Contact2014 the revolution continues. Yet again Blueprint is set to make history, and with our largest on sale to date #Contact2014 is soon to sell out. This year the festival is spanning two days and two stages, which means, there are choices to be made. With just under four weeks left it is time to take the excitement up a notch and get to know your main stage acts.
Armin van Buuren
No one even comes close to Armin van Buuren. He is the manifestation of the trance ethos, and for million around the world Armin is trance. For those lucky enough to witness the master at work at this year’s Armin Only show you know the kind of spectacle and atmosphere he is capable of creating: for those who missed out now is your chance to catch the five time number one DJ weave a headlining festival set. Crowd favorites like Ping Pong and vocal anthem This Is What It Feels Like are sure to be spectacles within themselves.
Over the past two years it has been nothing but a constant string of hits for Dutch big room duo W&W. While they may have roots in trance their last four mega-hits are collaborations with hardstyle phenom Headhunterz and fellow Dutch superstar Hardwell. With fresh releases like Don’t Stop the Madness and Bigfoot W&W never fail to work massive festival crowds in to frenzy—after all, they did dub their label Mainstage.
These Australian sister’s began their path towards world domination when they were accepted to the prestigious Opera Australia Academy at sixteen. From there it spiralled: a successful modeling career, song writing for the biggest pop stars in the world, becoming Cover Girls, and now dominating as headlining DJs. Luckily for Contact attendees NERVO just took their next step, signing to Ultra Music for the release of their debut album, Collateral. Having just released their first single, Rise Early Morning, their set promises to be chalk full of new exclusives and that NERVO sound we have all come to love.
Bouncy, bassy, and booty obsessed TJR never fails to get the people going. With a signature style featuring stuttering beats (Ode to Oi & Ass Hypnotized) it is almost impossible to stand still during any TJR original production. With each new release garnering wider support TJR is sure to be a main stage mainstay. Make sure you are front and center when the man drops his latest collaboration with Dillon Francis, What’s That Spell—trust us…you can’t miss this audience heavy beast.
In homage to dance music legends Kraftwerk Edmond Huszar decided that it was time to #DoWerk & carve out a distinctly eclectic home for himself in modern dance music. Inspired by cinematic and classical instrumentals Overwerk’s original productions can be seen as an amalgamation of genres, mainly, orchestra-electro-glitch. In just three year’s Overwerk has managed to cultivate a name for himself and subsequently stand out in the Canadian dance music landscape. With moody atmospheric tracks that are simultaneously glowingly upbeat and bouncy Overwerk is worth showing up early to experience.
Vancouver adores Zedd, every time the German producer graces the decks in our city sold out crowds lose it. Euphoric, communal, and full of passion—a Zedd set never misses the mark. If you haven’t experienced fan sing-a-long favorites like Clarity, Stay The Night, and Find You, fifteen thousand festivalgoers are anxiously waiting to belt out the tunes right alongside you for you inaugural experience.
The brother’s Showtek are undisputed kings of big room festival main stage anthems. Their track record speaks for itself—Hell Yeah, How We Do, Cannonball, Get Loose, We Like To Party, Slow Down, Bad, & Booyah—and each one goes off bigger than the last. Study up and get ready to chant some undeniably catchy hooks before going hard with each and every frenzied crescendo.
When asked how he goes about creating as festival set Page said: my sets are “all about mixing my own productions and mashups with my favorite music of the moment. I try to play a fairly varied and dynamic set that is a roller coaster of emotions.” With a freshly minted album soon to be released, including the new collaboration We Receive you with Carnage, expect Page’s set to be packed with new material.
What So Not
Australian bass maestro’s Flume and Emoh bring unparalleled trap artistry to every festival stage they dominate. They may have grown in notoriety because of their profound mixing skills but it truly is their original productions that leave a lasting impression. From Jaguar, to Tell Me with RL Grime, and most recently GOH with Skrillex, What So Not rise above the rest every time they hit the studio. Prepare yourself for a unique serving of trap and take a listen to their recently released Flying to Europe mix.
Fresh off a prolonged touring hiatus, Jon Gooch is a creative genius and a dance music mainstay. Perhaps most famous for his endearing green devil alter-ego and the teeth stage which accompanies him, Feed Me has been on a production bender over the last year and half: first he released Calamari Tuesday, his first LP since 2010, this was shortly followed by Feed Me’sPsychedelic Journey, a brilliant concept EP. Feed Me’s catalogue is monstrous, past his two newest releases delve in to his 2012 Essential Mix for a true lens into just what to expect during his Contact set.
Relative newcomer Branchez is brimming with underground sensibilities and hungry to make a name for himself. When asked about his approach to live sets Branchez responded: “my sound is based in Hip-Hop, R&B and sampling mixed with a sort of future club approach.” Having grown up on Motown and funk expect a massive big room Hip-Hop set sprinkled with throwback tendencies.
Expect easy-breezy big room festival beats from rising female superstar Boots Bowles. Her personal style—“I actually really like cheesy, feel good vocal tracks.” While her latest original production, Siren, is sure to get BC Place going it is her slew of throwback remixes that really make Brazzabelle stand out. Make sure to catch these remixes before Contact: No Scrubs, Say My Name, What Is Love, and Forever Young.
From trance to underground bass and everything in-between this year #Contact2014’s main stage has a little something for everyone. Who are you most excited for?
– Ryan Hayes