As the countdown for Backwoods at Mulberry Mountain 2019 gets smaller and smaller, our excitement is growing more and more! With the event just about two weeks away, hopefully you have taken some time to lock down tickets, figure out your transportation journey, perfect your outfits, and make sure all of your camping gear is in order. The rest? Leave that to the Chronic Electronic! We have the complete artist schedule for you, as well as the top acts for each day that we believe NEED to be seen at the Mountain this year.
Thursday, May 30th
To kick things off, Thursday night will ease us into the wild weekend with just a few sets from Moon Man, DJ Blac, PhLo, and Yonder Mountain String Band. Personally, I am just as excited for the Opening Meditation as I am for music that first night. What better way to clear our heads and unite as a group of people before a weekend of insanity?!
Photo By Brandon Johnson
Friday, May 31st
This is the day with the most new-to-us-artists that we are stoked to discover. You know when you are at a festival, and you stumble upon a stage, and it is the best set of the entire weekend, but you only hear the artist’s name from a heady wook after you ask a couple of people around you? Yup, that is exactly how Friday at Backwoods is going to be, except, like all day. After we have spent the day with these artists, our first pick for Friday is none other than EOTO. The electric band duo has been playing live since 2006 and we will never turn down a chance to see them live. Their performances are always mesmerizing and spiritual.
For the late late set, we will definitely keep it going for EPROM. This underground bass producer has perfected his craft, and was even announced as Billboard Dance’s Ones to Watch for July 2018. We have not seen him for almost a year, so this set will be a real trippy treat.
Although Yheti‘s sunrise set bridges the gap between Friday and Saturday, we are going to include him on our Friday-must-sees as, realistically, there will probably be very little sleep to be had before this early-hours set! My first sunrise set was at Infrasound 2018, and now I understand why they are always worth it (even if you need to catch a catnap beforehand). Yheti will bring the perfect vibes to cuddle up in a blanket with your friends and chill before Saturday comes around.
And of course, we have to give an honorable mention to Umphree’s McGee, because, well, Umphree’s McGee. Everyone should attend their performance to pay homage to the legends of Rocking Jam Music and congratulate them on another year of Backwoods!
Saturday, June 1st
First of all, Saturday looks like absolutely the most stacked day in terms of lineups. If you know anything about us, you know that we see REZZ on a lineup and our flights are booked and bags packed. So of course, hers will be our most anticipated set of the entire weekend. The hypnotic space mom just released a single off of her EP coming out this summer, and we are stoked to hear some of those ID’s live!
Some of the most hype coming from Backwoods is the confirmation of not one, not two, but THREE Minnesota sets! Of course we are pumped for his two Sunday sets as well, but this is his first set of the weekend and we will be there at 4:15 AM on the dot for every second of it. If I hear HiLow less than six times throughout the weekend, we are starting a riot.
Space Jesus also has multiple sets planned! We will attend both without a doubt but I personally believe that his “after hours” set will be the most iconic. Plus, it will lead right into that late Minnesota set and the two of those in succession will be seriously mindblowing.
And of course, you can catch us at Peekaboo, Truth, and SQUNTO. We just saw SQUNTO a few months ago at Phoenix Lights for a B2B with Subtronics. Those boys sure know how to make a tent wild out! SQUNTO is a chop master who will be leaving our bodies numb from the rocking bass. Peekaboo has been climbing in popularity lately and he deserves it. Truth has been in the game for a minute now and their dubstep has laid the foundations for many artists. They are truly some OG’s to the dubstep sound and they are a must see for any bass head! Seeing them live will totally complete one of my bucket list items! Check out a video of Truth going hard in the studio!
Sunday, June 2nd
Like most of the weekend, the daytime sets will mostly consist of jam band-type music. Although not exactly my favorite genre, I am glad to be attending a festival with a ton of music I do not know very well. And even if you do not choose to listen to jam bands on the daily, they are actually super fun to get down to live! Catch us at Groovement early in the afternoon (and again later in the evening).
Once we saw that Zeds Dead was announced to play Backwoods, that was pretty much the moment we knew we would be at the Mountain. This Canadian duo is responsible for many of us getting into the scene years ago (remember stumbling upon that “Eyes on Fire” remix courtesy of UKF Dubstep’s YouTube?) and have remained true to themselves over the years. In fact, just like Woman Wine, it seems like they get better and better with time.
Another dubstep “founder” that we are lucky to be seeing at Backwoods weekend is none other than the legendary Caspa. Since the early 2000s, this producer has been firing out ground-breaking tracks. More recently, he has been making songs like “Get Higher” which has been played out by almost every dope DJ. We will be splitting our time between his set and G Jones. Fresh off of his Ineffable Truth album release and tour, we were blessed to catch him a few times this past year. If you like EPROM on Friday, make sure you get your butt to G Jones!
For a little change of pace from the dark and heavy, we recommend also attending PLS&TY. And if you are craving some more funk coupled with just a splash of heavy, catch Boogie T. He is as comical and fun to watch as he is a talented musician. If you are still having high energy throughout the night and find yourself going to music till the end of the festival on Sunday, then make sure to check out the Counter Kulture stage for a proper ending to this intimate festival from our close friends, Ziim. The duo are an up & coming deep dub sensation. Both originally from Connecticut but have moved to the Bass capital of Denver to pursue music. With this kind of passion it just seems right to have these guys end out the festival at the bass heavy stage that hosts the hottest up & coming names in the scene right now.
Backwoods 2019 is shaping up to be truly incredible in every way, so begin preparing yourself now for some late nights and early mornings. The Mountain has hosted some amazing festivals in the past several years, but Backwoods will be one of the best yet. What does your schedule look like? Let us know if you will be at any of the same sets! See you on the Mountain!
Check out our Playlist that we put together for the festival below! And make sure to grab tickets if you haven’t yet!
See you on the mountain!
Author: Taylor MorganEdit: Dom R.