The Untz Festival is an unabashedly raucous party for the music producers and synthesizer nerds that make up the west coast’s unique underground electronic music scene.
If you used to go to raves dressed in neon lingerie and plastic beaded bracelets and then got a little older and started wearing all black and listening to electronic metal fusion, this festival is for you. Event curators bring together national and international music producers that specialize in the slower, deeper and darker range of wonky bass, UK grime, and dubstep.
Yheti is one of the headliners — a fan favorite who makes music that sounds like a robot and an alien had a baby. Other bigger names from the scene will grace the Untz Festival’s three stages, like discordant music and visual artist Esseks and melodic bass soloist Of the Trees, along with smaller acts like Chef Boyarbeatz, who makes breakbeat and UK-centric soundscapes.
One of the things that makes this festival cool is that it’s not trying to be something it’s not. It doesn’t come with as many of the bells and whistles of other festivals, like wellness workshops and motivational speakers. Rather, it’s a shameless gathering of people who like to party with a top notch sound system. One of the things that makes this festival difficult, though, is that temperatures can get close to 100, and it’s very dusty and dry, so be sure to pack electrolytes.
- Tickets: 3-Day GA Pass: $325; 2-Day GA Pass: $275; Vehicle Pass: $90
- The festival is only a 2 hour drive from the Bay Area, so check out this guide to San Francisco if you’ll be passing through.