Jack U @ Main Stage 5:20pm
Does Skrillex ever sleep? He just dropped a new album AND kicked off “The Mothership Tour” at SXSW, but we’re glad he’s found the time to DJ as Jack U alongside friend and collaborator Diplo. We predict a massive crowd that’s as high energy as the music they’ll play.
Cyril Hahn @ UMF Radio, 6pm
The house music of Cyril Hahn is played at small dance clubs instead of bottle-service behemoths, but he has a widescreen aim that should make him a fine fit at Ultra. His calling card is a remix of Destiny Child's "Say My Name" that always draws hands into the air.
Julio Bashmore @ UMF Radio, 7pm
On Sunday, British producer Julio Bashmore promises to bring some lushness to the saw-toothed Ultra scene. Far from a household name even in his native England, Bashmore was behind a number of Jessie Ware's best tracks, including "Running," "110%" and "Imagine It Was Us."
Chase & Status @ Live Stage 8:40pm
If the Ultra crowd has ever wondered what a ‘90s rave was like, British drum and bass duo Saul Milton and Will Kennard (that’s Chase & Status to you, respectively) will show them today. Their live act adds a drummer and hype man MC Rage, who livens up the crowd in the style of an old-school ragga toaster. Big up to the jungle massive!
Martin Garrix @ Main Stage, 4:15pm
17-year-old Martin Garrix flipped a sample of Busta Rhymes and Kelis' "What It Is" into a post-"Levels" banger called "Animals," which has hung around the upper reaches of the pop charts all year. Still, much like Avicii, his sound has room to expand and mutate, and we'll get a glimpse of it here, at one of his biggest gigs ever.
Riff Raff @ Live Stage, 2:50pm
Riff Raff began as a distorter of Southern rap tropes (an early song was called "The White Gucci Mane"), but he has slowly remade himself in the image and sounds of EDM. His Saturday set at Ultra will indicate whether this audience is receptive or merely views him as a huckster.
DJ Snake @ Ultra Worldwide, 8pm
You’ll probably hear DJ Snake’s monster hit “Turn Down for What” at least 50 times this weekend, and the French DJ/producer—born William Grigahcine—is bound to drop the track for his adoring fans. Especially recommended for fans of hip hop, trap, '90s R&B and all flavors of “turn-up music” (boom, we just invented a genre).
Carl Cox @ Mega Structure, 10pm
The veteran British DJ, legendary for his mixing skills, will take you to house & techno church. The elaborately designed Mega Structure boasts a rotating lightshow on the ceiling, onstage dancers and looming aerial artists, so your eyes will be just as happy as your ears.
Diplo @ Main Stage, 6:05pm
The man of a thousand subgenres and side projects is sure to start one of the biggest dance parties of the weekend. Guest appearances aren’t out of the question, since the man produces for every artist ever and Sean Paul performed with Major Lazer at Ultra last year.
Zedd @ Main Stage, 7:10pm
EDM is no longer just an interloper on the pop charts, and few artists personify this more than the babyfaced 24-year-old Zedd. Last year he notched two massive—and fantastic— radio hits with "Clarity" and "Stay the Night," and also produced a number of songs on Lady Gaga's ARTPOP. His set on Friday night will likely sound a lot like pop radio—a thrilling sign of the times.
Gesaffelstein @ Live Stage, 10:45pm
The French techno artist’s industrial sound has crossed over into the mainstream, in part due to his production work on Kanye West’s Yeezus and his collabo with A$AP Rocky for the Divergent soundtrack. Expect a set that’s dark yet danceable, like his remixes for Lana Del Rey and Justice.
Chance the Rapper @ Live Stage, 6:10 pm
The excitable Chicago MC might be the most popular unsigned rapper in America thanks to recent collaborations with Lil Wayne, Justin Bieber and Skrillex. It's the latter, of course, that might cause the audience at Chance's set to swell, though his stellar mixtape Acid Rap put the hype in motion months ago.