With any luck, you’ve already secured your tickets and travel to the 2015 edition of Weekend. Happening, naturally, this weekend on August 7th and 8th in Helsinki, this EDM-focussed affair boasts some of the biggest names in the game, including Armin Van Buuren, David Guetta, and Avicii. Wisely, the organizers have welcomed an array of Nordic producers and performers to take over one of the festival’s four stages and kick the sold out crowd into a frenzy well before the headliners take over. Need some help deciding who to get into the groove with? Here are our picks for the acts that will help set your Weekend 2015 off on the right foot.
OuSnap (Friday on Future Stage @ 16.00)
As their goofy name should suggest, these Joensuu-based DJs have a pretty sharp sense of humor that fits their jumpy, giddy electro house remixes and sets like a comfy pair of sneakers. OuSnap be all over the Weekend 2015, with their main set on the Future Stage, but also throwing down at the Lasipalatsin Aukio on Thursday (where you get your wristbands for the festival) and on Saturday in the Party Zone.
Milla Lehto (Friday on Future Stage @ 17.00)
Dubbed “The Most Successful Female DJ in Finland,” Milla Lehto is a Helsinki resident with a great ear for progressive techno and deep house. Her mixes, like this recently released SoundCloud set, take listeners and dancers on an exciting journey set to the pulse of a 4/4 beat.
Orkidea (Saturday on Future Stage @ 15.00)
A student of dance music history, Orkidea (Tapio Hakinen) has been a fixture of the DJ community since 1997 thanks to Radio Unity, his monthly online mixes of progressive house and trance. For his hometown festival, he is promising a live set of his own harder-edge tunes that should feature plenty of material from his recent album Harmonia.
Tungevaag & Raaban (Saturday on Loop Stage @ 15.30)
Swedish producer and DJ Robbin Söderland and his Norwegian pal Martin Tungevaag are known best in Europe from their Top 10 single Samsara, but are also making a name for themselves via their puckish mixes that stir together dance music genres and their edits of familiar chart hits into something dizzying and enrapturing.
Yas Lo (Saturday on Digital Stage @ 18.15)
Originally from Tanzania, Tas Lo is now a resident of Finland. Since his move, he’s been taking the club circuit in the country by storm with his tasty disco house productions that make smart, understated use of female voices and spirit enlivening synth licks.