The full lineup for Porter Robinson’s Second Sky Festival is here! Announced last week, the festival is set to take place in Oakland, CA. All nine acts were curated by Porter himself and reflect many of his own artistic values. Madeon, Cashmere Cat, G Jones, Nina Las Vegas, Anamanaguchi, Kero Kero Bonito, and Wednesday Campanella will all make appearances.
Each announcement was accompanied by in-depth commentary from Porter, drawing attention to how carefully he curated the lineup. To top it all off, Porter will be playing his only Worlds Live set of 2019.
As for tickets, pre-sales for Second Sky went on sale at 10 am last Wednesday morning, and sold out instantly. Although many fans expected this, it seems Porter Robinson and his team didn’t see it coming. In an attempt to ensure that all fans can attend, Robinson announced a second date with all of the same artist except G Jones just two hours later. Astoundingly, the second show also sold out within moments of pre-sale opening, making Second Sky a certified smash hit in its first year.
— porter robinson (@porterrobinson) March 13, 2019
Unfortunately, it looks like anyone who missed the pre-sale will have to purchase tickets from a secondhand source. Right now tickets for the first date are running nearly $200 on StubHub, more than double their original price. The second date is slightly better, but still at $160. There may be hope for the festival to reclaim scalped tickets, but we definitely wouldn’t bank on it.
The top-billed artists are all familiar to dance music fans. Madeon, of course, is making an appearance, though it seems fans can expect a DJ set instead of an appearance of Shelter Live. Cashmere Cat and G Jones are also always crowd favorites and are sure to please.
More surprising is Nina Las Vegas’ inclusion on the lineup. She’s made a huge impact on the dance music scene over nearly two decades. Nina Las Vegas is also well-known for killer live performances, with incredible skill behind the decks. Chrome Sparks represents the more underground dance music scene with his chill beats.
Perhaps the most interesting part of Second Sky is the way it diverges from a purely dance music lineup. The lineup almost feels like a personalized mixtape; attendees will really get a good look into Porter’s musical vision. Anamanaguchi is a band from New York that clearly connects with Porter’s anime-influenced sound. Their sound also heavily recalls early video game music, and their songs are both sickeningly sweet and highly danceable.
Porter also included two powerhouse groups who play with J-pop styles. British indie pop band Kero Kero Bonito features half-Japanese frontwoman Sarah Bonito who raps in both English and Japanese. They hover perfectly in between English pop quirkiness and easygoing J-pop influenced production.
Wednesday Campanella is also a force to be reckoned with. Their sound is a true fusion of EDM, J-pop, and hip hop, combining all three genres in a unique way. Frontwoman KOM_I brings unbeatable energy to both their songs and performances. Overall, the group’s musical sensibilities are absolutely remarkable; no two songs of theirs sound exactly the same. Not only does KOM_I add her own unique touch to every touch, but the production is also notable for how impeccably clean and fresh it is.
It’s clear that this festival will be a one-of-a-kind experience. Despite the name change dispute with a local festival, Second Sky looks like it will be a force to be reckoned with if it continues in future years. It’s rare to get a lineup this diverse, and especially rare for a lineup to be so carefully curated but such a major artist. We’re excited to see what’s in store.
Who’s your favorite pick for the Second Sky lineup? Will we see you there? Let us know on social media!
at second sky, i’m going to play my only worlds live set for the year! pic.twitter.com/3xqg4GZFBy
— porter robinson (@porterrobinson) March 11, 2019
one more performance announcement for @secondskyfest – MADEON (DJ SET). one of my best friends and a legend.
tickets on presale at 10 am pt tomorrow pic.twitter.com/kgYaIq9Mva
— porter robinson (@porterrobinson) March 12, 2019
next artist for @secondskyfest — CASHMERE CAT. @cashmerecat is one of the people who has quietly (or not so quietly) influenced the sound of pop more than just about anybody the most in the last 5 years. he’s such a good dj and his sound is forward-thinking and unmistakable! pic.twitter.com/2G5HHMapXZ
— porter robinson (@porterrobinson) March 10, 2019
— porter robinson (@porterrobinson) March 7, 2019
next artist — NINA LAS VEGAS. i’ve said this before but @ninalasvegas is my favorite dj. she smashes it behind the decks, has incredible dance & pop records of her own, & her label NLV Records is pushing club music forward at all times. she’s such an extremely positive influence pic.twitter.com/pFnyGUeX8e
— porter robinson (@porterrobinson) March 8, 2019
next artist — CHROME SPARKS. @chromesparks has been consistently great for years; his work has felt inventive & forward thinking across multiple albums without ever losing its signature. “all or nothing” was one of the best songs of last year (and that goodbye to a world remix!!) pic.twitter.com/JNXKRDEk13
— porter robinson (@porterrobinson) March 9, 2019
— porter robinson (@porterrobinson) March 6, 2019
most of my favorite artists tend to reinvent themselves in a sincere and interesting way with each era – my favorite recent example is @kerokerobonito. their record “time ‘n’ place” was my favorite album of last year pic.twitter.com/0YWhEgl9Z3
— porter robinson (@porterrobinson) March 5, 2019
next artist for @secondskyfest — WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA! Their frontwoman @KOM_I is such a fearless and infectious performer. they are one of my favorite japanese acts! they first came to my attention after the buzz of their 2016 SXSW performance pic.twitter.com/Dj5WsvdpOX
— porter robinson (@porterrobinson) March 10, 2019