MHSM HEADS TO CALIFORNIA FOR THE UNTZ FESTIVAL
In a world where the festival circuit seems dominated by the same names and ideas, a bright light comes shining through the forest and guides us towards the inaugural production of The Untz Festival on June 2nd – 4th. Held at the Mariposa Fairgrounds in Mariposa, CA, The Untz Festival promises to become an annual tradition that will mark the beginning of festival season for music-hungry minds across the nation.
Hosted by online electronic music publication, The Untz, this inaugural festival’s lineup is brimming with top-notch talent and various sub-genres not unlike that found in the website’s own extensive catalog. In addition to well-traveled headliners like The Werks, Phutureprimitive, and Desert Dwellers, The Untz Festival has made a point to feature some of the best up-and-coming artists in the electronic music scene. This lineup caters to the savvy, the innocent, the novice and esteemed. It pushes musical boundaries and yet seems to have pinpointed exactly what its audience desires: a well-rounded event where the headlining acts blend effortlessly into the undiscovered.
One of the more recognizable names on the bill is Ohio’s own genre-bending funk sensation, The Werks. This dynamic group of musicians have recreated themselves with each new release they put out. Recently flaunting a successful tour in support of their latest album, “Inside A Dream“, these skilled performers have created a name for themselves across the nation. Known for their creative songwriting and intimate live performances, this band jams hard and yet never seems to neglect the integrity of the composition itself. An honorable attribute in a scene where “noodling” scales has overshadowed true writing ability, this powerful group has aligned their jamming ‘Yin’ with incredibly intentional ‘Yang’.
Another household name on this festival’s lineup is Bay Area producer, Phutureprimitive, whose unique sound production ranges from elegantly tranquil to fascinatingly dark. An inspiring act to see perform live, Phutureprimitive has dedicated his musical career to the creative mastery of all genres he can wrap his fingers around. From his debut album “Sub Conscious” on Waveform Records to his latest release “Kinetik“ on his own label, Native Harmonix, this sonic chameleon has developed a strange and intriguing sound that leaves listeners yearning for more and more.
As an artist collective that has supported The Untz for years, we are honored to have a solid crew heading to California to perform. MHSM frontmen Unlimited Gravity & Project Aspect will be performing a super high energy back-to-back set. Dynohunter is bringing the jungle house dance party. Evanoff will be making their California debut to enlighten crowds with their ‘dream rock’ sound. On the other side of this long list of talented artists come a few names which may not be familiar to the average electronic music consumer. Colorado’s own Lucid Vision has begun to carve a name for himself in the current electronic scene and will be making his debut performance in ‘The Golden State’ during this special weekend in the forests of Northern California. A young star with the ability to create beautiful and danceable art for the mind, Lucid Vision will leave you breathless and smiling for hours on end.
Another killer act that is a must-see at The Untz Festival is Denver jamtronica sensation, Greener Grounds, who have taken the nation by storm over the past year. Featured in a number of festivals including Sonic Bloom, ARISE, Resonance, Joshua Tree, Backwoods and so much more, this young group has the incredible ability to transform a crowd into a bustling frenzy of joy and intensity. Ranging from eclectic electronic sounds to a series of thought-provoking solos and sweeping arrangements, this flourishing group has no limit to what they will unveil on stage.
It seems that in one way or another, every act on this festival lineup is one that we respect and are excited to see perform! Surely excited for Wick-It The Instigator, Illenium, Mr. Bill, Bass Physics, Marvel Years, LabRat, LWKY, Transfer Station and about everyone!
The Untz Festival offers a number of ticket options for attendees so be sure to find the one that matches your personal needs. With multiple tiers already sold through, admission for the entire weekend is currently set at $150 although it’s recommended you purchase the Thursday Pre-Party tickets for $200 which include an additional day of breathtaking music and access to the best of camping spots. RV Passes are available with or without hookups and every vehicle that is brought on site must have purchase of a single parking pass. Enter promo code ‘MHSM’ for $10 off your ticket at theuntzfestival.com.
We cannot wait to see how this magical weekend will pan out and I hope to see all of your shining faces at the Mariposa Fairgrounds this June 2nd through 4th. Until then, be sure to keep up-to-date at the Untz Festival website and be sure to grab yourself a ticket before it’s too late!
Enjoy this Soundcloud playlist featuring music from each MHSM Act performing at The Untz Festival!
To all of our Colorado followers, we have the official The Untz Festival pre party at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom for a dual venue + silent disco patio throw down. Headlined by Bass Physics and followed by Evanoff, Lucid Vision, Spectacle, Unfold, Transfer Station, Patrick Skyler and so many more talented local artists.