Goldrush Music Festival map and layout. Photo provided.
Goldrush Music Festival map and layout. Photo provided.

Goldrush Music Festival is just a few days away, and the festival excitement is setting in. Arizona’s wild west themed music festival will return to Rawhide Western Town in Chandler, Arizona, from September 24 to September 26, 2021. 

Arguably one of Relentless Beats’ biggest productions to date, the festival will feature three main stages: Golden Gorge, Pioneer’s Peak, and The Hideout.  

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While main headliners Above & Beyond, Illenium, Diplo, Zedd, and Zeds Dead b2b GRiZ are guaranteed to turn heads this weekend, there are also several under-the-radar acts that deserve some recognition.

A piece of breaking news that has just been announced is the schedule for the festival.

Without further adieu, here are five up-and-coming acts at Goldrush Music Festival you’ve got to check out. 

1. Player Dave (Experimental, psychedelic bass and hip-hop)

Hailing from San Clemente, California, Player Dave’s sound is a breath of fresh air in the current bass scene. There’s something slightly ethereal, yet mysterious and dark about his take on producing. Player Dave has graced the stage at Lightning in a Bottle and Symbiosis, serving up experimental beats with catchy hip-hop cuts. 

His debut album, “Where the Wind Blew Me” was just released this March, delivering a good ratio of delicate beats in “An Ode to March,” soulful vocals in “Dumb,” and eastern-inspired bass drops in “Nasi Goreng.”

What’s more, Player Dave has been brushing shoulders with bass favorites CharlestheFirst, Of the Trees, and Freddy Todd as an opening act on tour dates earlier this year. 

Player Dave plays on Sunday, September 26 at the Pioneer’s Peak stage. Check out his release “Wakanda” below to get a feel for his hip-hop and psychedelic bass sound. 

2. Jessica Audiffred (Bass, trap, dubstep)

Next up, we have Jessica Audiffred. Hailing from Mexico City, Jessica will give Goldrush Music Festival attendees a healthy dose of bass, trap, and dubstep during her Friday performance. 

Jessica has delivered bass-heavy sets alongside industry legend Excision and performed at major festivals such as EDC, Lost Lands, Beyond Wonderland, and the Forbidden Kingdom.  

Although she’s been performing since 2016, Jessica still deserves some recognition as one of the up-and-coming acts at Goldrush because she shows no signs of stopping her upward momentum. 

If you’re a headbanger, definitely don’t miss Jessica’s set on Friday, September 24 at Pioneer’s Peak stage. Take a listen to Jessica’s track “Maximum Bass” below to get the party started early. 

3. LSDREAM (Experimental, psychedelic bass, dubstep)

This is definitely the biggest headliner on our list, but for good reason. LSDREAM’s music mixes classic wubs with an experimental spin, expanding minds with positive messages like those found in the single “High Vibration.”

Since his debut album, “Voyager,” was released in May 2018 on Liquid Stranger’s WAKAAN label, LSDREAM has taken the bass world by storm with multiple cross-country tours. From the looks of it, he’s just getting started. 

LSDREAM hit the stage at Summer Camp Music Festival, Bass Canyon, North Coast, and Electric Zoo this year while continuing his 2021 festival circuit at Goldrush, Life is Beautiful, Lost Lands Music Festival, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Suwannee Hulaween, and Freaky Deaky later this year. 

If you’re any fan of GRiZ’s recent album “Rainbow Brain” you should definitely check out LSDREAM’s set Sunday, September 26 at the Pioneer’s Peak stage. 

Hear and see LSDREAM’s vision come to life with the video for the single “High Vibration” below.

4. SOHMI (House, techno)

SOHMI is a Korean American DJ, producer, and vocalist from Los Angeles. Her underground techno and house beats have been inspired by classical music, R&B, and UK pop/garage cuts of 90’s and early 2000’s artists Aaliyah, Cassie, and David Craig. 

You definitely feel the eclectic vibe SOHMI brings to her performances. She grew up abroad in Hong Kong and Seoul, and her first festival performance ever was at Ultra Korea in 2019. 

If you need some electric house and techno in your life, definitely put SOHMI on your Goldrush Music Festival must-see list of performances. 

Make sure to catch SOHMI’s set on Friday, September 24 at The Hideout stage. Listen to SOHMI’s track “Do It” below, and you’ll be shuffling in no time.

5. LP Giobbi

Finally, we have LP Giobbi who serves up juicy, funky house beats. The Austin-based DJ has a background as a classically trained jazz pianist, and she incorporates piano chords into her tracks. 

She often mixes live elements into her sets which she’s delivered at festivals including Coachella, Burning Man, Hard Summer, North Coast, and Art Basel. LP Giobbi also weaves feminism into her tunes, choosing pro-women lyrics to layer with her soulful piano sounds. 

Her advocacy doesn’t stop with her tracks. In 2019, she founded and launched FEMME HOUSE, an educational 501(c)(3) nonprofit to help address the lack of representation from women, trans, non-binary, and folks with marginalized gender expressions in the electronic music industry. The nonprofit provides support for those interested in the technical areas of music, as well as workshops on community building, networking, engineering, and mentorship.  

Make sure to stop by The Hideout stage on Friday, September 24 for LP Giobbi’s set. Below is a taste of the juicy beats she has in store for everyone at Goldrush Music Festival. 

While you’re meandering the expanded festival grounds this year, be sure to check out other offerings at Goldrush Music Festival including live stand-up comedy, stunt performances, and karaoke opportunities at the Six Gun Performance Theatre. 

Circus performances and character actors from the Weird & Wonderful will also be roaming the festival grounds with their decadent costumes. Local Arizona artists will be live painting at the Moonshiner’s Art Walk. 

And if each daily lineup at Goldrush Music Festival isn’t enough, you can find after-hours excitement at the official afterparties starting at 1:30 a.m. each day, all hosted on the Rawhide grounds.

Friday’s afterparty will feature Kayzo b2b Cray. Saturday’s afterparty will showcase a deep-set by Above & Beyond. Sunday’s afterparty will end the festival with Vintage Culture’s performance. 

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Marissa is currently a desert dweller with an affinity for festival culture, the outdoors, eco tourism, and health and wellness. Her musical interests include experimental bass, funk, electronica, bluegrass, jam, and reggae.