Five sets not to miss out on at Summer Set Music Festival 2015

By Marissa Novel, @MarissaNovelDE

Picking and choosing artists to see at a music festival can be a lot of fun, but diving into such a vast array of performances can be a daunting feat.

Many festivalgoers have their hearts set on seeing certain artists once the line-up is announced. Some are obvious and others overlooked.

Other than the obvious power houses on the line-up such as Bassnectar, Big Gigantic and deadmau5, here are some must see acts at this year’s Summer Set Music Festival.


1. Nahko and the Medicine for the People

Led by the soulful Nahko Bear, the six-piece band provides a musical medley of many cultures paired with strikingly empowering lyrics.

Influenced by jazz, blues, folk, rap and everything in between, the band emphasizes the importance of oral storytelling and gives audiences nothing short of a spiritual experience.

They have two albums, “On the Verge,” released in 2010, and “Dark As Night,” released in 2013.

Watch the video for “Budding Trees” from the album “Dark as Night” below.

Tune into this sultry performance at 8 p.m. Friday at the newest area of Summer Set Music Festival, The Meadow stage, and you’ll be sure to believe in good things coming for the rest of the weekend.


2. Robert Delong

Electronic artist Robert Delong’s distinctive pop-like vocals and danceable rhythms make him another artists that is a must see this year.

The one-man show makes for an excellently energetic live performance, as he utilizes Wii remotes and other video game controllers to distribute his beats.

The Washington native released the album “Just Movement” in 2013, the EP “Long Way Down” in 2014 and will be releasing his newest album “In the Cards” in September. His newest single, “Don’t Wait Up,” was released in June and is sure to keep you bobbing to the beat.

Watch the video for Delong’s hit single “Global Concepts” below.

Here’s the video for “Don’t Wait Up” as well.

Delong’s set will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday at The Grove stage.

3. Purity Ring

This Canadian electronic duo is sure to bring something special to Summer Set this year.

Composed of Megan James on vocals and Corin Roddick on instrumentals, this group’s etherally melancholic sound sets an eerie yet magical tone for any listener.

Their first studio album, “Shrines,” was released in 2012 followed by their latest album “Another Eternity,” which was released in February.

While their first album has a more mysteriously macabre vibe, their latest has given way to a more upbeat, poppy sound.

Watch the video for their first single “Obedear” from “Shrines” below.

Here’s the video for “Push Pull” released from “Another Eternity” too.

Purity Ring will grace The Meadow stage at 9:30 p.m. Friday.

4. Bone-Thugs-n-Harmony

The Grammy-winning hip-hop troupe is most well known for their fast-paced raps and soulful, smooth delivery. By combining the influences of classic hip-hop of the East Coast and G-funk of the West, Bone-Thugs-n-Harmony creates an original sound setting them apart from others in the rap game.

The Cleveland-based group will be performing the entirety of their 1995 LP “E. 1999 Eternal,” which features their Grammy hit “Tha Crossroads,” a tribute to the late Eazy-E.

Watch the official video for “Tha Crossroads” below.

Be sure to check out their performance at 6 p.m. Saturday at The Grove stage.

5. Die Antwoord

This South African rap-rave power couple, composed of Ninja and Yolandi Visser, is known for their outrageous aesthetic and stage presence.

Die Antwood, translated from Afrikaans meaning “The Answer,” combines Yolandi’s high-pitched chants and Ninja’s savage raps with intense, high-energy beats.

Since beginning in 2008, they have released three studio albums and several intensely vivid music videos to match.

Watch the video or their hit single “I Fink You Freeky” below.

Die Antwoord is sure to give the audience a one of a kind experience at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Main Stage.

Although these are just some of my must-see picks for Summer Set Music Festival this year, the weekend is sure to be filled with musical magic no matter who you decide to see.

But, if these descriptions sparked you’re interest, don’t miss out on any of these diverse set of acts.