10 Must-See Female Artists at EDC Orlando 2021
Another successful EDC Las Vegas has come and gone, but Insomniac isn’t taking any breaks. This weekend, they continue their reign over the dance community with their largest festival on the east coast, EDC Orlando .
Each year, attendees can expect to enjoy multi-sensory experiences as they absorb the various stages, carnival rides, theatrical performers & dancers, and 3D art installations. But due to its cancellation last year from the global pandemic, festival-goers expect Insomniac to go harder than ever. Not to mention this year was EDC’s 25th Year celebration and its 10th anniversary in Orlando. Insomniac is celebrating the best way they know how, by putting together one of the biggest lineups to date.
"Over three days, an eclectic mix of more than 120 dance music acts will take over the celebratory return of one of the most vibrant and electrifying editions of EDC," the festival said. "From dance music’s strong roots in Florida to the explosive energy the city of Orlando brings, the iconic music festival will showcase many special moments..."
Even with the lineup in alphabetical order and the same font size, big names such as Tiesto, Kygo, and Zedd stand out. In an industry dominated by male talent, festival lineups typically feature more men than women. But if you look deeper into this year’s lineup, you’ll see a good representation of female artists. These women have broken gender barriers, paving the way for other female artists to follow. In the name of dance music, they prove anything is possible. Here are 10 female artists you need to see perform at EDC Orlando this year!
Known as the “Queen of Italian Hardcore”, DJ AniMe has captivated audiences across the globe for her undeniable skill, energetic sound, and overall flair. The award-winning DJ has dominated Europe and is now turning to the States and its growing love for hard dance. EDC Orlando is the newest addition to the impressive list of festivals she’s performed at, including Tomorrowland, EDC Las Vegas, and Mysteryland. Globally she’s played in Japan, Russia, and Australia just to name a few. Prepare for an intense dance workout as you witness this major icon of the hardcore movement.
If you love techno, then look no further than Sita Abellán. Born in Murcia, Spain, her passion for playing techno has fueled her success, making her an international prodigy. She’s known for being a true multi-hyphenate. When she’s not playing for underground crowds at Ibiza’s iconic DC10, she walks Parisian runways and designs capsule collections for major fashion brands. She’s been a resident DJ for fashion icon Jeremy Scott for several years and toured with house icon Felix da Housecat. At the forefront of pushing musical boundaries, she has won the hearts of new generations of fans.
Hailing from the Bay Area, Taylor Chung, aka Wenzday, is a classically-trained musician who committed to DJing full-time at 16. As a graduate of the prestigious Icon Collective music school, her unique sound is comprised of her knowledge in house and bass music. Wenzday is the co-founder of the popular bass label 40oz Cult, which has released over 100 records. Her success also led her to host a weekly show on Dash Radio that features original mixes. She has performed at major festivals like Coachella, Lost Lands, and Beyond Wonderland. Known for her dauntless live sets, she brings exceptional energy that you don’t want to miss. Fun fact: She was the youngest person to ever DJ the world-famous Playboy Mansion.
Nostalgix is the epitome of a modern-day 90’s “it-girl” with a mission to spread love and positivity across the dance music community. Ever since her first gig at the infamous Pit Pub in British Columbia when she was 18, she has made her mark on the world of bass house. As a proud woman in the music industry, she has performed at festivals such as HARD Summer, Beyond Wonderland, and Spring Awakening, and has releases on Deadbeats, Night Bass, In/Rotation, and UKF.
Nostalgix vows to continue pushing the boundaries of her music and sharing her journey through her stimulating sounds. Go see for yourself why she was named one of DJ Mag’s 12 Emerging Artists.
Maryland DJ and producer LAYZ is one of the top dubstep artists on the rise. Signed with United Talent Agency, she’s performed at major festivals this year including Lost Lands, EDC Las Vegas, and HARD Summer. Outside of festivals, she has released music on Excision’s Subsidia imprint, performed at numerous Riot Ten tour stops, and is also supporting Sullivan King on his upcoming tour.
One of the most recognizable voices in dance music, HALIENE inspires listeners with her heartfelt lyrics and angelic melodies. Having numerous collaborations with DJs like Seven Lions, Armin van Buuren, and Illenium, she is a spectacle for trance and melodic dubstep. Her profound solo releases blend various dance music styles and have accumulated millions of streams. She has accomplished many firsts in the industry, like having the first-ever female-only solo release on Monstercat with her single, “Dream In Color.” HALIENE’S impressive track record proves she isn’t just a vocalist, but a representation for all female artists in the world of dance music.
Known for her bass-filled house beats and next-level performances, LP Giobbi is a force to be reckoned with since breaking into the scene in 2018. She combines her education from UC Berkeley in classical jazz piano with her love of house, creating a genre-defying form of dance music. In her electrifying performances, she incorporates live elements on stage such as a piano and a sampler. In addition to being an inspirational DJ and producer, she is a label owner, music director, curator, and entrepreneur, making her a multifaceted icon. As an advocate for feminism and gender equality, she founded FEMME HOUSE, an educational platform dedicated to empowering women and non-binary people. Her previous festival performances include Coachella, Burning Man, and HARD Summer, with EDC Orlando up next!
Swedish DJ Ida Engberg is nationally recognized for her ambition and versatility. Blending big room techno with deep house, her live sets will make you want to keep dancing. She has worked relentlessly since starting at the age of 14. She was awarded her first gig in a Stockholm bar four years later, and the rest is history. She grabbed every opportunity she could, and back in 2005, she was booked for a full season at Ibiza, the party capital of the world. Ida has captivated dance floors across the globe, playing at world-renowned clubs like Paradiso in Amsterdam and Gipsy in Moscow. Other performances include music festivals like Ultra Miami, BPM Festival in Mexico, and Amsterdam Dance Event. Make sure to check out this techno star live at EDCO.
Orlando-born DJ and producer Emily Rose, known as Lucii, has captured the bass community’s heart with her charisma and distinct sound design. Her style can be described as extraterrestrial, which aids in her creation of a unique subgenre called space bass. Back in 2019, Lucii made history as the first woman to release a track on Wakaan with her single, “Neptune.” Her music fascinates listeners with its atmospheric elements, fused within the melodies and vocals. In live performances, she showcases her innovative production style that’s filled with intergalactic sounds. If you want to witness an out-of-this-world performance, then Lucii has got you covered.
Nikoleta Frajkorova, better known as Nifra, is a progressive trance DJ and producer from Slovakia. She fell in love with dance music at an early age and her passion and devotion has molded her into one of the most prominent female figures in dance music. Her journey spans a decade with performances in countries like Hungary, Poland, and Sweden. Despite being a young female in a scene dominated by male politics at the time, she didn’t let that slow her down. Inspiring other female artists to follow in her footsteps, she has garnered a huge following internationally. She was nominated for the International Dance Music Awards, thanks to her pulsating, melodic trance style. She’s made appearances at festivals like Transmission, A State of Trance, and Dreamstate New York. Get lost in a trance with Nifra at EDC Orlando!
In addition to the female artists above, be sure to also check out Amelie Lens, ANNA, Heather Collins, Jinx, Antonella Zambrano, Steller, Suzy Solar, DJ Holographic, Softest Hard, and WHIPPED CREAM.