DAY ONE today of FVDED In The Park aka #FVDED2015 it is time to look towards Holland Park for what is sure to be the summer’s largest kickoff party. Positioned perfectly next to the Skytrain #FVDED2015 looks to change Vancouver’s perception of the urban music festival by expanding capacity and stretching the limit of production far past what most of us felt previously possible. With two stages and twenty-two thousand attendees daily #FVDED2015 promises to be an experience the likes of which Vancourites have never witnessed within their own city.
With that in mind, it is time to get to know the talent that you have spent your hard earned money on. Spanning July 3rd and 4th forty-four thousand attendees will experience the artistry of twenty-four unique acts. Warming up your weekend…these are your day one headliners.
Joel Zimmerman is a Canadian icon. From his mainstream radio friendly hits to his darker atmospheric material Deadmau5 never fails to standout. Regardless of his prolific antics Deadmau5 has always been a Blueprint favorite. He has headlined almost every one of our milestones: Stereotype Fridays 1 year anniversary, Blueprints first massive at Thunderbird Stadium, and the first year of Contact. #FVDED2015 is only fitting.
Tyler, the Creator
Whether he is reigning as the frontman for hip-hop collective Odd Future, setting up hilarity for his Adult Swim sketch comedy show Loiter Squad, or taking on the main stage as Tyler the Creator—one thing is certain—Tyler Gregory Okonma is a mad genius. If you are looking for a taste of Tyler’s current artistic styling check out his latest LP Cherry Bomb.
HDYNATION, living life as hi-def as possible 24/7—with their unique blend of hip-hop and EDM Flosstradamus’ fan base has become nothing short of a cultural movement. The Chicago duo never fails to work crowds in to a frenzy with original anthems like Mosh Pit, TTU, and Soundclash.
Fools Gold signed Detroit rapper Danny Brown is a true original providing the rap scene with an unique perspective. Since his outrageous 2010 LP The Hybrid Brown has been unstoppable. From A-Trak’s perspective Brown “represents a return to raw, gritty rap, and his skills can’t be questioned.” For a shot of something off center and refreshing Danny Brown has you covered.
As the undisputed king of dirty Dutch Chuckie just wants the world to party along with him. Although original productions like Let The Bass Kick, Who Is Ready To Jump, and Make Some Noise really put Chuckie on the map, making dirty Dutch the global phenomena it is today: it is really his consummate style of mixing that sets him apart from other live acts. While most artist might cruise through a handful of Beatport hits in a one hour set Chuckie sprints through two to three times as many tracks keeping things organic and the energy at an all-time high.
For decades Pete Tong has lead the charge as dance music’s global tastemaker. Having a track premiered by the British icon as a world exclusive on his Essential Selections show has launched countless careers—and the Essential Mix is a dance music institution. Heralding in and coordinating conferences like the annual International Music Summit in Ibiza, Pete Tong is widely recognized as the global ambassador of dance music. Don’t miss your chance to see a legend.
Dirty Bird Record’s head Claude Vonstroke is as prolific as they come. Constantly bolstering the underground dance music scene, Vonstroke releases range from house and funk to dirty-bass and electronica. Currently celebrating ten years of Dirty Bird, Vonstroke is set to spin an enigmatic career spanning set brimming with underground hits and perfectly tuned remixes of pop anthems.
Skateboarding small town Quebecoise Tommy Kruise believes in three food groups: meat, the color beige, and sauce. Harbouring a care free attitude, it was never Kruise’s intention to produce music. In fact it wasn’t until he moved to Montreal and began to involve himself intimately in the skateboarding scene that he was introduced to the urban music which would ultimately end up inspiring him to take up music as a career. Check out his Fete Foreign EP for just a taste of what to expect during his set.
Gary Richards’ history is steeped in influence and notoriety. Although his production alias, DESTRUCTO has been alive and well since the 90’s Gary spent a prolonged hiatus as an A&R Representative at Def American Recordings working alongside Rick Rubin. In 2007 he founded HARD which now hosts over 100,000 fans a year globally. Getting back to the music DESTRUCTO’s countless years of experience keep him at the cutting edge of electronic music scene with sets consistently blending the best of techno and house with harder grittier sounds—there is really nothing else like it—don’t miss out on DESTRUCTO.
As Monstercat’s most promising young talent 19 year old Haywyre has yet to misfire. With over fourteen years of classical piano training it is Haywyre’s seamless piano improvisation that provides the foundation of nearly all of his work. 2014 saw Haywyre release his debut LP Two Fold, Pt.1, after amassing critical acclaim Haywyre set out on the road in support of Gramatik and Mat Zo—he may be lesser known at the moment but 2015 is set to see that change.
From Canada’s most prolific dance music artist, to rap’s zaniest frontman, and everything in-between #FVDED2015 offers a little something for everyone. If you haven’t already, grab your tickets now, and stay tuned for our day two preview.
– Ryan Hayes