As one of the biggest and most highly-anticipated music festivals in the world, Ultra Music Festival always features an incredible lineup of artists from various genres of electronic music. And with Ultra Music Festival 2024 just around the corner, it’s never too early to start planning which artists you simply can’t miss at the next installment of this iconic event. From up-and-coming acts to established superstars, here are the top 10 music artists you need to see at Ultra Music Festival 2024. Get ready to dance all 3 days and experience the ultimate electronic music extravaganza!
As one of the most innovative and sought-after artists, Grammy Award-winning producer and DJ Afrojack, continues to shatter boundaries and push music in bold new directions. Since making his breakthrough with the multi-platinum-selling single ‘Take Over Control’. In the last few years, Afrojack was named one of the 50 Most Important People in EDM by Rolling Stone, placed on the Forbes ’30 Under 30′ music list, became the second DJ ever to cement his hands into the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and performed during the interval act of the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. He was able to create a show that isn’t easy to match. Together with Dutch top talents Glennis Grace and Wulf, and accompanied by a classical youth orchestra, Afrojack is the first DJ in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest who performs during the interval act in the Grand Final. Over 200 million households in 41 countries saw Afrojack performing on the iconic Erasmusbrug in Rotterdam, and taking this into the venue for an epic ending of his performance. In 2021 Afrojack added the world wide hit ‘HERO’ to his already impressive repertoire, a collaboration with David Guetta. The song, co-written by Ellie Goulding, Stargate, Ryan Tedder and Jamie Scott, became another number 1 hit on the US dance radio chart which has reached 50 million streams to date. Recently, “HERO’ got nominated for a Grammy Award 2022 in the category Best Dance/Electronic Recording.
Black Tiger Sex Machine
Over the years the Canadian group Black Tiger Sex Machine have established themselves as key figures in the bass music scene. Along with their music BTSM pushes the boundaries of what a live show can be, implementing an extremely immersive experience where visuals, lights, music and their signature Tiger Helmets are all controlled live.
Their grassroots approach has fostered an extraordinarily faithful fan base called the BTSM Church.
In 2023 they debuted their PORTALS show while headlining Ultra Miami and subsequently sold out every tour stop including The Armory and Brooklyn Mirage where PORTALS was shown in 4K Ultra Wide.
This new live experience utilizes state-of-the-art motion capture visuals to expand on BTSM’s fictional storied universe.
DJ. Producer. Artist. David Guetta is a musical trailblazer and an international icon. With 2x Grammys awards, 11x Grammy nominations, 7x UK number 1 singles, over 40 billion global streams, 50 million records sold worldwide, and is currently the 4th most streamed artist on Spotify with over 75 million monthly global followers. Guetta has most recently achieved the ‘Producer of the Year’ award by the BRITs in recognition of his production successes.
The French producer mastermind has collaborated with some of the world’s biggest stars including SIA, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Black Eyed Peas, Shakira, Ariana Grande, Kid Cudi, J Balvin, Becky Hill, Raye. Such work has resulted in numerous hit singles, such as ‘When Love Takes Over’, ‘Sexy Bitch”, ‘Memories, Where Them Girls At’, ‘Without You’, ‘I Gotta Feeling’, ‘Titanium’ which has over 1 billion streams.
Guetta has stormed into 2023 with his new dance smash ‘Baby Don’t Hurt Me’, with the two pop megastars Anne-Marie and Coi Leray. It arrived as the hotly anticipated follow-up to Spotify global #1 and streaming monster, I’m Good (Blue)’ with Bebe Rexha. The track earned Guetta his eleventh Grammy nomination, receiving a nod for ‘Best Dance/Electronic Recording’, has garnered 1.8 billion global streams and simultaneously hit #1 at the US Top 40 & US
Dance Radio charts.
Throughout his expansive career as a successful DJ, producer, remixer, label boss, filmmaker, and philanthropist, former 2 x World No.1 DJ, Hardwell has carved out a long-lasting legacy within the electronic music world. Hailing from Breda, a city tucked deep within the Netherlands, Hardwell’s journey began at 14, becoming a much sought-after artist on the Dutch dance scene before international attention began to pour in. Fast forward ten years, and Hardwell, aged 25, capped off a perennial journey when he was first crowned World’s #1 DJ in 2013. Already on his way to helping shape the EDM explosion at that time, Hardwell emerged as one of the most acclaimed stars of the modern era of electronic music.
2023 has already seen Hardwell perform at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami and Melbourne before playing shows in Thailand and Bali, with an exclusive headline appearance at the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2023 in Baku. In addition, his touring schedule took in a run of shows across North America at venues like Chicago’s TAO nightclub, The Harbour Convention Centre in Vancouver, and New York’s colossal hotspot, The Brooklyn Mirage. Hardwell has also made headline slots at festivals such as Parookaville, Balaton Sounds, Dreambeach Mysteryland, and Tomorrowland, to name just a few.
Martin Garrix – the name that belongs to one of the youngest and most successful DJ’s/producers championing the pop and electronic scene. Garrix has taken his expertise across the globe, by headlining festivals, breaking through territories, and collaborating with major stars including Dua Lipa, Khalid and Bono, and The Edge. Climbing yet another rung of his ladder to stardom, he is a founder of his very own label (STMPD RCRDS), owner of a studio complex in Amsterdam, and a mentor to upcoming artists. Now in his mid-twenties, multiple years into a career that began by debuting the single ‘Animals’ back in 2013. The invigorating, dance-floor stomper soared to the top of the charts worldwide, ultimately altering the status of what would be considered popular music. Continuing his voyage to conquer the mainstream catchment area over the years, Garrix has become responsible for providing us with infectious and anthemic dance and pop records alongside a string of memorable collaborations; ‘In The Name Of Love’ with Bebe Rexha, ‘Scared To Be Lonely’ with Dua Lipa, ‘Ocean’ with Khalid, ‘Summer Days’ with Macklemore and Patrick Stump, and We Are The People’ with Bono and The Edge. There’s no doubt that this ability to reinvent his brand and fearlessly experiment with his sound is an undeniable testament to his talent and longevity, ultimately driving his legendary narrative even further.
Peggy Gou is a South Korean-born DJ and producer based in Berlin.
During the 2010s, she became internationally renowned for energetic DJ sets, which dreamily flow through various styles of techno, house, and electro. A 2019 volume of the Du-Kicks series demonstrated her eclectic approach. Her own tracks, such as the acclaimed 2018 single
“It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)” and 2021’s “I Go,” are vibrant, joyous productions that echo vintage deep house and post-disco without sounding like throwbacks. Taking her sound in a more accessible direction, she released the dance-pop single “(It Goes Like) Nanana” and the Lenny Kravitz collaboration “I Believe in Love Again” in 2023.
Gou seemed to appear out of nowhere in 2016, releasing no less than four 12″ EPs of bright, slightly hazy house tracks during the course of the year. In actuality, she had been producing and DJing for several years — she learned to beatmatch in Korea in 2009 and resumed the hobby a couple years later, when she was attending the London College of Fashion. After racking up gigs during the next few years, as well as moving to Berlin, she made her breakthrough in 2016, releasing two Art of War EPs on Radio Slave’s Rekids imprint, “Day Without Yesterday” on Phonica White, and Seek for Maktoop on Technicolour.
She also played dozens of gigs across the globe, including dates with Moodymann, the Blessed Madonna, Jackmaster, and others.
Formed in 2009 in Toronto by producers/DJs Dylan “DC” Mamid and Zachary “Hooks” Rapp-Rovan, Zeds Dead is one of the most successful independent electronic acts of the past decade, counting hundreds of millions of streams, dozens of Top 20 Billboard hits and multiple JUNO Award nominations. Zeds Dead have crafted a limitless sound across their expansive discography, which includes multiple breakout singles, remixes and EPs. In 2016, Zeds Dead released their debut album, ‘Northern Lights,’ which features Diplo, Twin Shadow, Pusha T, Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo and more. A Top 10 hit on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums and Heatseekers Albums charts, the album received a nomination for Dance Recording of the Year at the 2017 JUNO Awards. In 2016, Zeds Dead launched their tastemaker Deadbeats Records, one of today’s leading independent labels in dance music, with +150 releases from emerging artists like DNMO, PEEKABOO, Subtronics, 1788-L and others. Deadbeats has released a handful of compilations: We Are Deadbeats (Vol. 1 – Vol. 4), which feature original tracks from its wide artist roster, including REZZ, Megalodon and Zeds Dead themselves.
GRAMMY® Award-winning, platinum-certified, international icon, Tiësto has over 8 BILLION global streams across platforms, 36M+
Total Record Sales, 30M+ Social Audience & over 160M TikTok Video Views across users. The DJ and producer is the only artist to ever hold the titles of “The Greatest DJ of All Time” courtesy of Mixmag, “#1 DJ” according to Rolling Stone, and “The Godfather of EDM,” as proclaimed by Billboard. From his underground dance floor bangers to his high-profile Las Vegas residency and crossover success, Tiesto created the blueprint that defines what it means to be a success in today’s dance music world.
Producer, songwriter, and DJ Dan Griffith makes wide-eyed, emotional dance-pop under the nom de plume Gryffin. His songs blend organic and electronic instrumentation, incorporating pianos and guitars into melodic house and future bass tracks. First making waves with remixes of songs by pop stars Tove Lo and Maroon 5, he began releasing original material in 2016, and scored over a dozen charting hits with singles featuring guests such as Carly Rae Jepsen, Aloe Blacc, and AlunaGeorge. Many of these hits were included on his 2019 full-length debut, Gravity. He has remained a chart favorite with tracks like “Cry” with John Martin and “Safe with Me” featuring Audrey Mika, both in 2020, and collaborated with OneRepublic for 2022’s “You Were Loved.” Several of these singles appeared on his second album, Alive.
Producer, DJ and songwriter Calvin Harris stands as the figurehead for modern dance music, having broken world records and dominated the charts. He has over 35 billion combined audio and video streams in his career history, making him one of the most viewed artists on YouTube and one of Sony Music’s biggest streaming artists. Calvin has collaborated with global artists including Frank Ocean, Pharrell Williams, Rihanna, The Weeknd, and Travis Scott to name a few. His work has garnered a number of top music awards and nominations, including 14x MTV VMA nominations and 2x wins, 5x Grammy nominations and a 2013 Grammy Award win in the Best Music Video category for “We Found Love”.