5 can’t-miss acts at this year’s Shaky Beats Music Festival

By Amanda Cosenza

April 19, 2017

Shaky Beats Music Festival is returning to Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta for its second year. As the sister festival to Shaky Knees (an indie-rock festival taking place the following weekend at the same location), Shaky Beats features a lineup of some of the biggest names in Electronic Dance Music (EDM). Helping to fill the void of former based Georgia EDM Festivals Tomorrowland and Counterpoint, this year’s headliners include Griz, Kaskade, and The Chainsmokers.

Stemming from the death of disco and rising through the decades via underground raves, EDM is now a $7.1 billion dollar industry globally (International Music Summit 2016 report). From chart-topping music to world records, EDM is proving that it is more than just computer generated noise. Currently the number two and three top streamed songs on Spotify are “Lean On” by Major Lazer (who headlined Shaky Beats last year) and DJ Snake featuring MØ with 963 million streams and “Closer” by the Chainsmokers (who will be closing out the festival Sunday night) with 942 million streams. Knocking out Michael Jackson, Calvin Harris claimed the Guinness World Record for Most Top 10 hits on UK singles chart from one album.

Waka Flaka Flame and Marshmello at Shaky Beats 2016

The future of EDM involves reaching more locations and equalizing the gender gap. This year, VICE’s electronic music and women-focused websites, THUMP and Broadly, partnered with Smirnoff to launch Equalizing Music, a global initiative with the goal to double the number of women headliners in electronic music. Major Lazer, comprised of Diplo, Jillionaire and Walshy Fire, made headlines last year for their concert in Havana. This year, Diplo also announced that he will be broadening Africa’s EDM scene with a five stop tour in Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Ethiopia, and South Africa.

Shaky Beats is set to highlight EDM’s unique range of young producers, crossover acts, and innovative veterans. We’ve highlighted five can’t-miss acts this year.

Alison Wonderland

From playing the cello in an orchestra, rocking the bass in indie bands, to turning tables at some of the largest US festivals, Alison Wonderland is an artist of many talents with a bright future. Creating emotion-driven, lyrical tracks while utilizing GoPros to showcase her live mixing, she is making waves in a male dominated genre. See her heat up the Peachtree Stage Friday night at 6:30pm.


Gaining traction through the way most new artists in his genre do, Nick Miller also known as Illenium has garnered 10 million plays in the first month with his remix of the Chainsmokers “Don’t Let Me Down.” However, Illenium produces sounds that are all his own and will be sure to pull at all festival goers heartstrings. Check out a special live performance Saturday 6:15pm on the Piedmont stage.


Paul Meany and Darren King, the founding members of the electro-experimental rock band MuteMath, will be debuting their live “DJ” set. This is the next step in the band’s genre-bending 10+ year career and will be one premiere you don’t want to miss. For a band who has worked with everyone from Travis Scott to Twenty One Pilots, there is no telling what their DJ sound will be. Catch their debut Sunday at 3:45pm on the Piedmont Stage.


Together, Kenny Beats (hip-hop producer from NYC) and Ryan Marks (an electronic producer from LA), pair their unique backgrounds to form Loudpvck. Marrying dance music with rap, their diverse and heavy hitting sound has put them on the map in the electronic world. Catch this dynamic duo on the Ponce de Leon stage at 6:00pm.


At only 22, Isabelle Rezazadeh “Rezz” is quickly gaining a cult-like following for her eerie, atmospheric sound and energetic live show experience. Catching the eyes of Skrillex and Deadmau5, her underground techno sound and eerie atmospheric tracks have made her an act to watch. Be sure to see her and her signature LED spiral glasses on the Ponce de Leon Stage at 7pm Sunday.

Check out the full 2017 Shaky Beats Music Festival lineup.

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