Past editions of Ultra Music Festival may have been lacking in bass, but 2020 is stacked with several can’t-miss dubstep sets.
Ultra Music Festival is widely recognized as one of the biggest electronic dance music events in the world that draws in thousands of attendees from all corners of the globe. From Afrojack and Carl Cox to Flume and Armin van Buuren the lineups always pack a punch, but one genre that has typically been underrepresented at Ultra Miami is dubstep.
While Ultra Music Festival has always hosted a few dubstep acts at their festival including an iconic 2012 performance from Skrillex and 12th Planet, the sets have generally been confined to a specific day or stage. For example, the 2019 lineup included Peekaboo, Space Jesus, Zeds Dead, and Svdden Death, but all four performed on the same day and few other bass artists were found elsewhere.
Looking at the lineup, it instantly stood out that there were significantly more bass artists featured at Ultra Music Festival 2020.
Space Jesus and Peekaboo are making their returns to Ultra after playing the festival in 2019, along with Borgore and WHIPPED CREAM who will return for another round. Additionally, bass music fans will get to enjoy highly anticipated back to back sets from 4B b2b SAYMYNAME, Jauz b2b NGHTMRE, SLANDER b2b Kayzo, and WAVEDASH b2b Shadient.
To help dig deeper into the lineup and explore the artists who are about to take the stage, we’ve compiled five of the heaviest sets that will definitely be blowing crowds away at UMF this year. Read on for five sets that you absolutely shouldn’t miss at the festival!
Five Dubstep Sets You Can’t Miss at Ultra Music Festival 2020
Belgian artist Eptic has been one of the most unique talents in bass music for much of the genre’s history. With an instantly recognizable hybrid sound that only continues to amaze, he has firmly established himself as one of the top dubstep acts to catch year after year.
He wrapped up 2019 with the release of his Flesh & Blood EP and recently returned with “Propane,” his first single of 2020. The DJ/producer features his own original artwork on his album art and his “Bloodlust (VIP)” was even picked as the track featured in this Ultra 2020 countdown video. His appearance on NGHTMRE and SLANDER’s Gud Vibrations takeover of the UMF Radio Stage on Sunday is not to be missed.
A creative master of sound design, Kompany has consistently been included among the top tier of dubstep artists since his initial rise alongside Wooli beginning around 2016. With several recent sets on NGHTMRE’s The Portal Tour under his belt, Kompany already has many more festivals lined up this summer in addition to Ultra including BUKU, Ubbi Dubbi, and Ever After.
Kompany’s brand of dubstep isn’t for the faint of heart. His aggressive, groundbreaking style can be heard in “Bussback,” his collaboration with Wooli released this January. Proving his loyalty to NGHTMRE and the Gud Vibrations crew, Kompany will be performing at the collective’s stage on Sunday and will surely be one of the craziest sets of the weekend.
Snails b2b Kill The Noise
Snails and Kill The Noise are two of the heaviest hitters in bass music and will perform a collaborative set at the Ultra Worldwide Stage on Friday. The duo previously released their collaboration “Shake The Ground” on Snails’ Slugz Music record label in 2018 and performed their ‘Kill The Snails’ b2b at HARD Summer the same year.
Ultra will mark the first b2b set between them since the HARD Summer performance. Kill The Noise is a true pioneer of dubstep while Snails has led the way as one of the most prominent artists of the genre’s resurgence, and these two combined will be bringing some serious heat to the Worldwide Stage.
Somnium Sound b2b UBUR
After releasing their 2019 collaboration “Runaway,” Somnium Sound and UBUR will be going back to back at Sunday’s Gud Vibrations stage. This set will bring together two of bass music’s most exciting rising stars, and will definitely be one of the hardest and most energetic sets of the entire weekend.
Somnium Sound finished off last year by touring with Bear Grillz and releasing his multi-genre Genesis EP, while UBUR was touring with FuntCase and recently released his heavy Painful Choice EP. They will both be making their debuts at the festival, so expect these two to showcase their biggest and best songs. This b2b will likely be a crazy, fast-paced dubstep party full of unreleased IDs and double drops.
No list of dubstep artists to catch in 2020 would be complete without Subtronics. Currently one of the hottest artists in the scene, he’ll be making a stop in Miami on Sunday for his Ultra debut at the UMF Radio Stage. His Ultra set comes in the midst of the massive Cyclops Invasion Tour which wraps up the week after the festival.
His instantly recognizable style heard in his Now That’s What I Call Riddim mix series has resulted in a huge fanbase and countless sold-out shows. He teamed up with GRiZ last year to release “Griztronics” which has since dominated the scene with millions of streams. Subtronics is breaking boundaries in the riddim and heavy dubstep scene and is poised for another huge year in 2020.