Boca Raton is hosting the first annual Forbidden Kingdom Music Festival and it’s bringing some of the biggest names in dubstep for the inaugural two-day fest. This bass-heavy lineup brings a great mix of rising stars and legendary names down to Florida.
Today we give you Heard It Here First’s picks for our 10 Must-See shows at Forbidden Kingdom fest. The Medieval-themed festival takes place on February 16th and 17th at Sunset Cove. Hope to see you all there!
Subdocta is one of Subcarbon Records’ up and comers who’s having a monster 2018. His West Coast Wobble EP was one of our favorite features of the year and he opened for Dirt Monkey, Boogie T, and label heads Ganja White Night. I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing his live show, but from the fan videos….his sets seem wild!
9. Kompany b2b Tynan
Both of these artists are serious rising stars. Kompany just scored an opening spot for Dion Timmer and Dubloadz’ “Neon Phantom” Tour. The drummer turned DJ attended the NY-based Icon Collective, who’s fellow alumni include Jauz, Slander, Kayzo, NGHTMRE, and many other talented electronic acts.
Tynan also did a great job standing out this past year. His tracks could be heard played at festivals all over the world this summer, but they were just a precursor of to what was to come with his EPIC Pandora’s Box EP. Kompany & Tynan worked together on “Extraterrestrial” and it’s one of my favorite tracks of the year without question. These two going b2b is gonna be nutty.
Squnto and his mega-chop movement are everywhere as of late, with the Riddim subgenre as big as ever. Squnto’s awesome mixing skills and insane visuals make him a must-see at Forbidden Kingdom. Every time I’ve seen the Bass Dragon throw down, he’s left the crowd in crumbling ashes.
Downlink has been a driving force in the dubstep game for years. He has tons of accolades under his belt from working with the best and brightest in the game, mixing Korn’s 2011 album, and forming dubstep supergroup Destroid alongside Excision and Drummer KJ Sawka.
Another artist who made massive waves this year was Midnight T. He opened as direct support for NGHTMRE’s “NGHTMRE Before Christmas” tour and also was an opener for both Excisions’ “Paradox” tour and his “Paradox on the Rocks” Red Rocks event. This will be a homecoming show for the Florida bass native. Midnight T’s raw, heavy dubstep is sure to leave Forbidden Kingdom fest shattered and shook.
Adventure Club are veterans at this point. The Montreal based duo have been producing electronic music since 2011. They were some of the front-runners in the North American Dubstep scene alongside Skrillex and Nervo and haven’t stopped since. From uplifting anthems to heavy bass blarers, Adventure Club has all sorts of hits under their belt. With brand new collabs with both Snails and Jauz, they are definitely not to be missed come FKF.
Zomboy shows are loads of fun. Every time I get the chance to see Zomboy I’m always surprised I have more fun than I did the prior show, it’s clear the DJ is a master of his craft. The British bass god has so many hits under his belt its stupid, and with three new releases, this show is sure to go off.
I grew up on Flux Pavillion and Doctor P. After seeing their b2b at Ministry of Sound in London, they cemented themselves in the EDM Hall of Fame for me. Doctor P is another legendary name on this lineup, he’s been active since 2008. The man is a pioneer of UK Dubstep and his solo show is sure to be just as epic.
SULLY! Another alumnus of the Icon Collective, Sullivan King intertwines the worlds of EDM & Rock. Sully’s shows are tons of fun, especially for those who like when DJs incorporate live instruments into their sets. King is up there shredding and singing throughout the set, and it’s certainly a sight to see for Dubstep, Punk, or Metal fans. With a man of that many talents on the ones and twos, Sullivan King’s set is unmissable.
I’ve only seen Dion’s solo sets and he’s playing tons of different b2b’s in 2019. As hyped as I am to check out a couple of those, none of them can compare to a b2b with the Head Huncho, the T-Rex, Jeff Abel AKA Excision.
Excision is a known mentor to Dion Timmer, who is only twenty years old, but the two have already made multiple bangers together over the past couple years. Their set is sure to be legendary, but I know the sheer firepower of Excision’s Paradox sets. Needless to say, both sets are going to be mind-blowing.
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