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AIM Festival 2018 | 6 Acts On Our Radar

AIM Festival 2018 | 6 Acts On Our Radar

AIM Festival 2018 | 6 Acts On Our Radar 1

Forecast for this weekend? Steamy temperature and even steamier beats at AIM’s 2018 edition.

If you haven’t already, catch all you need to know about AIM in our run-through article here. The event kicks off tomorrow with many enchanting surprises to unfold in the plains of Parc Carillon, many laughs to be had across the campsites and most importantly, many musical notes filling the air and filling our hearts.

To start breaking down the stellar lineup and accompany your warmup, we’ve selected 5 acts and memorable sets. AIM thankfully features music from all corners of the electronic spectrum, it’s time for all of us to discover some lovely new sounds… Enjoy!

Nicola Cruz – DJ & Live sets

One of my personal favourites. Nicola Cruz, an Ecuadorian downtempo magician, puts out thumping sets bursting with cultural inspiration. He already enchanted Montreal last summer with a dazzling performance at MUTEK, and is now back for not one but two slots at AIM. We’ll get to hear his organic grooves in both a live and DJ set – I can’t think of anyone better to usher in the sunrise on Sunday.


Hoj is known for spellbinding sets that draw out deep emotions, whether his own or his audience’s. Down to earth and always ready to sweep dancefloors, he’s made quite a mark in the dream house world, notably with his notorious Burning Man Robot Heart sets. Here’s one of many to get you in gear for the sun-filled goodness of Sunday’s All Day I Dream showcase.

Kenny Dope

Rhythm, fun eclectic sampling and thumping house beats for the body and soul is exactly what the doctor ordered. We’re incredibly excited to throw it down with Kenny Dope, whether he bursts the breakbeat, the funk, the soul, and whatever else he has up his sleeve. This musical powerhouse from Brooklyn is full of surprises. Check out his AIM promo mix for When We Dip, below.


The prog-house legend returns to Montreal to wrap our minds around his genius musical touch…again. Definitely don’t miss out on his set on Saturday, from 10pm to midnight at the main stage. After an acclaimed Igloofest set this past Winter with the maestro John Digweed, we can only expect more positive vibrations coming our way. Take a ride with him on his closing Output set, filled with layered musical gems.

Way Out West + Jody Wisternoff

Two different sets and some of the most promising track selections of the weekend. Jody Wisternoff’s always one to take a crowd on an electronic trip, and this time will be no different. Performing Friday evening with fellow prog-house icon Nick Warren and once more at the Trance Arena on Saturday afternoon, the Bristol-based artist is sure to bring his A-game. If you’re still coming down from last week’s unreal Anjunadeep showcase, Way Out West is the direction you should be headed.


No list like this would be valid without a local legend. Atroxx has been making crazy techno waves in the scene for a while, with his tracks picked up by some of the world’s most acclaimed DJs such as Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, Pan-Pot and more. See for yourself on his latest EP, Adrift, released on Pleasurekraft’s cosmic techno trip of a label, Kraftek. Atroxx plays, and the party follows.


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