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Sunset Music Festival: Set Times, after parties, can't-miss acts and more

On Saturday, up to 20,000 people will descend on a parking lot at Raymond James Stadium for the second annual Sunset Music Festival, featuring David Guetta, Steve Aoki, Knife Party, Krewella (above) and many more. If that many show up, it'll be a huge step up from last year's tally, and could mean this electronic fest has a permanent place on Tampa's concert calendar.

Trying to make sense of the Sunset Music Festival lineup? Looking for set times and after party tickets? Want to know which acts to skip and which acts aren't to be missed? Get some details after the jump.


The two biggest names on the Sunset Music Festival bill are French uber-producer David Guetta and influential party person Steve Aoki. But what about the other 30-plus DJs and EDM acts on the bill? We asked Tampa DJ Nerd Rage (a.k.a. Devin Spears) and Evan Bailey of Disco Donnie Presents to suggest some can’t-miss acts.

Knife Party: Australian electro-house duo Knife Party have called their tracks “seizure music.” That tag may owe as much to their spectacular, festival-friendly light displays as it does to the blipping, blooping, swooping, crashing sound of hit Internet Friends. “Knife Party is an amazing experience,” Bailey said. “I wouldn’t miss it, I’ll put it to you that way.”

Morgan Page: Veteran progressive house producer Morgan Page has received a pair of Grammy nominations and worked with everyone from Deadmau5 to Katy Perry to Tegan and Sara, but Bailey said he’s also become a dynamic live act. “I saw him play a festival the other day, and I said, 'Wow, he’s grown in the festival space. He really can command a crowd at this point.’”

Le Castle Vania: Atlanta DJ Dylan Eiland is the man behind this blood-pumping electro project. Spears said Le Castle Vania’s rock-star stage presence helped inspire him to start his own high-energy parties in Tampa, including Pound (or “#”) at the Amphitheatre on Friday nights. “I’ve always loved his style of music, very heavy, just like me — hard rock 'n’ roll electro style,” he said.

Krewella: Forget Guetta — the hottest hit you’ll hear on Saturday is Alive, the debut single from Chicago trio Krewella, which reached the Top 40 this spring. Singing sisters Yasmine and Jahan Yousaf and DJ/producer Rain Man played one of the most anticipated sets at this year’s Ultra Music Festival, after which Billboard predicted, “Krewella will be huge this year.”
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Flosstradamus: Trap music has roots in Southern hip-hop, but the genre crashed the mainstream in 2013 thanks to Baauer’s Harlem Shake. Like Baauer, Diplo and Lex Luger, Chicago duo Flosstradamus is “one of the best producers of trap music right now,” said Spears.

Dillon Francis: If you dig the minimalist, bass-heavy sound of trap, check out L.A. DJ Dillon Francis, who specializes in moombahton, a fusion of house and dancehall music. “A lot of the same people digging on Flosstradamus will also like Dillon, if they haven’t heard him,” said Bailey.


Main Stage
10:30 p.m. David Guetta
9:30: Steve Aoki
8:30: Knife Party
7:30: Morgan Page
6:30: Krewella
5:30: Danny Avila
4:30: Carnage
3:30: Popeska
2:45: John Anthony
2: Doco
1:15: Dan Winta
12:30: Tommy Rize
Noon: Basomatik

Trance Stage
10:30: Markus Schulz
9:30: Shogun
8:30: Ashley Wallbridge
7: Ferry Corsten
5:30: KhoMa
4:15: Luccio
3:30: Pat O’Brian
2:15: Scott Dro
1:30: Tommy Artounian
1: I.O.X.
12:30: Chris E
Noon: Jason Daniel

Bass Stage
10:45: Dillon Francis
9:45: Flosstradamus
8:45: Crizzly
7:45: Alvin Risk
6:45: Le Castle Vania
5:45: Pegboard Nerds
4:45: heRobust
3:45: Brass Knuckles
2:45: Nerd Rage
2 Mr. Saturn
1:15: Wreckluse
12:30: Khaos
Noon: Lemony


The Sunset Music Festival is planning two afterparties. The first features Krewella, Doko and Basomatik, and is 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. at the Amphitheatre, 1609 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City; tickets are $25 and up. A bass afterparty will feature heRobust , Nerd Rage, Mr. Saturn and Winta from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Hogan’s Beach, 7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa; tickets are $10-$15. For tickets to both parties, visit

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 5:04pm]


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