Starscape returns for 13th year

Artscape, Whartscape, Scapescape — there's been so many -scapes lately, it's hard to keep track.

But it's almost impossible confuse any them with Starscape, the overnight electronic and dance music festival that's now in its 13th year.


Celebrated annually at Fort Armistead Park, Starscape begins at 2 p.m. Saturday and ends at 6 a.m. Sunday. Major headliners of the genre will perform, among them, Bassnectar, Zeds Dead, Uncle Jesse and Daedelus. DJ Steve Aoki will also be there.

Though Maryland's Starscape has been around for over a decade now, it's only recently reached critical mass.


In 2007, some 7,000 people attended. And last year it sold out for the first time, organizers said. The festival has repeated the feat again this year, and in just five months. Even the $100-plus VIP tickets have sold out since they went on sale in January.

This weekend, at least 70 of the best up-and-coming and major headliners in electronic and dance will perform at five different stages — a main stage, "dub nation beach," the fort stage, dance tent and 'Steez Promo Bass Arena.' Here are five you shouldn't miss:

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•Bassnectar: One of the most recognizable names on the bill, Bassnectar created his own festival in Colorado last year. Dan Deacon was among the performers. 11 p.m. at the main stage.

•Infected Mushroom: Among the scores of awesome DJ names — Shugadadde, Tek Subport — these five guys stand out. They feature live instrumentals and vocals in their shows. 1:30 a.m. at the main stage.

•Mux Mool: A Brooklynite by way of Minnesota, Brian Lindgren has become well-known for his own brand of electronic hip-hop. He's now touring with his 2010 full-length debut, "Skulltaste." 4 p.m. on the main stage.

•Skrillex: Though only 23, the California dub-step producer has gotten big in recent years. At Ultra, he was rightfully given a prime, 5 p.m. spot on the live stage. Midnight at dub nation beach.

•Uncle Jesse: Heard regularly at Baltimore dance parties No Rule and TaxLo, Uncle Jesse can be counted on to release at least one new remix a month on their soundcloud page. 5:30 p.m. at the Dance Tent.

Starscape, which is sold out, is Saturday at Fort Armistead Park, 4000 Hawkins Point Rd. Call 410-396-7931 or go to


Erik Maza