Today we continue our Ultra 2012 Survival Guide with Day 2. While you undoubtedly had an incredible day yesterday with Day 1 of our guide, there’s four more hours of music today, so it’s going to take a good bit of stamina. As with yesterday, there is no shortage of artists to choose from — in fact, you might be struggling to decide yourself. Lucky for you, we took the liberty of scanning the massive schedule and bringing you some of our picks in the form of a handy survival day guide. You can think of it as a ‘day in the life’ kind of thing. Of course we’ll be on the ground delivering you as real-time coverage as we possibly can, but this is a handy page to bookmark if you find yourself glancing at a pamphlet unsure of who to see next.
Check after the break for our complete breakdown on who you are the must sees for today!
12:00PM: Luckily for you, Saturday starts at 12 Noon, which means 4 more hours of music than yesterday. In our opinion, you need to go check out High Contrast playing back to back with Netsky at the UMF Brazil stage when you arrive. Two of the biggest names in drum and bass music, High Contrast and Netsky are sure to get your day started on the right foot with some melodic DnB.
12:45PM: Now head over to the Main Stage to catch Alex Metric‘s 12:45 set. Known for his awesome production skills, the Brit can also put on a fantastic live set and is a hardened veteran of British music festivals Creamfields and Glastonbury. If you’re feeling ambitious and up for something a little harder, you can also check out Bassjackers who go on at 1PM at the BAO Dome.
1:25PM: No need to head anywhere else, Alex Metric is followed by Zedd on the Ultra Main Stage at 1:25. Zedd has been putting out some great music lately and is hard at work on more. This is a set you are not going to want to miss.
2:00PM: As Zedd wraps things up, we suggest making your way to the BAO Dome to catch the second half of Felix Cartal. We hope he’ll drop Laidback Luke’s remix of Cartal’s track “Don’t Turn On The Lights” as well as his newest single “Black To White” as they are both bona fide bangers. (Note: A-Trak takes the main stage at 2:20PM, but there’s another Duck Sauce appearance later.)
Editor’s Note: Make sure to hydrate!
3:00PM: The obvious choice here is Hardwell at the Main Stage (who technically starts at 3:20). However, assuming you have either already seen him and/or want something different than the big headliners, we recommend checking out Skream and Benga at the UMF Brazil stage. Two mainstays of the UK Bass music scene, Skream and Benga absolutely kill it live and you’ll get something totally different to what Hardwell and co. can offer.
Editor’s Note: For Dubstep fans, Skream & Benga are a must see!
4:00PM: Now that you’ve hopped on the dubstep train, you might as well stay on it a little longer. Next on at the UMF Brazil stage is Zeds Dead. Known for their killer dubstep productions, Zeds Dead is 100% a duo you will want to see. Check out our recent interview with them! For the progressive fans among you, we recommend watching Erick Morillo on the Main Stage at 4:25. He is sure not to dissapoint.
5:00PM: At 5, you really start to get spoiled for choices. Our favorite female duo, Nervo, take the stage at the BAO Dome. Gesaffelstein is on at the Annie Mac stage, and 12th Planet continue the dubstep-athon at the UMF Brazil stage. If that wasn’t enough, Laidback Luke goes on at the Main Stage at 5:30. We’ll probably catch the first half of Nervo‘s set before heading over to see the Dutch maestro Laidback Luke.
6:30PM: This is another incredible time slot. We’re huge fans of Deniz Koyu who goes on the BAO Dome stage at 6, and it’ll be interesting to see him in a real festival environment. Flux Pavilion and Doctor P DJ together at the UMF Brazil stage while Duck Sauce plays on the Main Stage at 6:45pm. This is a really tough call, as both are sure to be absolutely awesome sets. However, you can’t really go wrong with either of those choices and its’ really just down to your personal musical tastes.
Editor’s Note: Make sure to grab some dinner and stay hydrated!
7:30PM: While there are tons of options during this time slot, there is really one act that you just cannot afford to miss: Carl Cox. Considered one of the best EDM DJs ever, Carl Cox’s set is a must see. When you have an entire stage named after you at Ultra Music Festival, you know you’ve left a mark on the industry.
8/8:30PM: For those who find Carl Cox’s style not to their liking — or just want to see more live acts — there are several more great choices at 8PM. Another legend of EDM, Fatboy Slim, takes the Ultra Main Stage at 8:10. Pendulum plays a set at UMF Brazil, M83 goes on at the Live Stage, and Switch (1/2 of Major Lazer) jumps on at the Annie Mac stage. Again, they’re all fantastic options, but we’d say check out Pendulum. Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen have not only been killing it as 2/3 of Pendulum, they have also found huge success as Knife Party and are tearing up the EDM world right now.
9:00PM: At 9PM, you have to go see Mr. Dirty Dutch himself – Sidney Samson. Let bleeps fill your ears as you check out one of the stars of Tiesto’s Sweden-defeating soccer team.
9:40PM: Once seen as potential heirs to Daft Punk, Justice might have slightly faded from the limelight, but are still a must see. Known for their incredible live performances and shows that are more akin to rock concerts than traditional DJ sets, seeing Justice is definitely the play for the 9:30/40 time slot. Head to the Main Stage to check out the awesome French duo.
11:00PM: Ultra’s second day finishes with a huge bang as Avicii takes the Main Stage. We can only imagine how insane his set will be as surely almost everyone at Ultra will flock to the Main Stage for that. While we are certainly not going to dissuade you from watching Avicii (cause what is more Ultra than seeing Avicii playing on a huge stage in front of tens of thousands of other fans?), we are going to point out that Annie Mac headlines her own stage at 11. You don’t make a name for yourself as one of the best radio DJs in the world without incredible talent and musical taste. We leave this up to you. If you want to see one of the world’s biggest names on one of the world’s biggest stages, then definitely go and see Avicii. However, if it’s more about the music than the hype for you, then you can’t do much better than Annie Mac. Bottom line: both will be amazing — but in very different ways.
Day 2 has the potential to be a simply phenomenal day for you. If you play your cards right, you can get an incredible variety of EDM from: dubstep with Flux Pavilion, Zeds Dead, and more; progressive with Avicii, Alex Metric; Dirty Dutch with Sidney Samson; hard electro with Justice; and minimal with Carl Cox. Good news is even if you run around Ultra with a blindfold on, you are going to run into good music everywhere you go! Hopefully you make it to day 3.