The first star of Stereosonic's 2013 line-up revealed

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Stereosonic announced that tonight – Monday 1 July – would offer up the first name on the festival’s blockbuster tour. With hype in overdrive for the Thursday announce, here’s the first name on the 2013 bill: fast-rising mainstage talent, Zedd. Fans were expecting/hoping Zedd’s planned visit to Australia this summer would be part of the Stereo tour, and here it is.

2013 so far has been a landmark year for the young producer. Following the release of his Clarity album, which dropped last October, Zedd’s been on a constant whirlwind tour. Last Australian summer, he filled the HARD arena at Stereosonic in each city, emerging as the breakout star of the festival tour. His sets were masterclasses in crowd-pleasing, all slick highs and high-impact drops.

While he gets plenty of opportunity to practice that side of his musical personality, Clarity has also taken Zedd to Letterman and most recently Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, which saw his performance backed by legendary house band The Roots. Recently, Zedd was tasked with one of the official remixes for Empire Of The Sun’s return single Alive, which he transformed into a mainstage anthem. There’s a lot more new music to come from the German, and you can expect to hear some of it this summer.

“Make a list of the world’s best EDM artists at the moment and most likely we’ll have nine out of ten of your list on the line-up,” Stereosonic Director Richie McNeill told inthemix ahead of the imminent announcement. “We listened to patron feedback and aggressively sought out those artists. We’re in the fortunate position of having fantastic relationships with overseas EDM events and brands. From this we’re able to showcase these much-loved overseas events to Australian audiences for the first time.”

Stereosonic 2013 dates:

Saturday Nov 30 & Sunday Dec 1 SYDNEY SHOWGROUNDS
Saturday Nov 30 & Sunday Dec 1 CLAREMONT SHOWGROUNDS, PERTH
Friday Dec 6 & Saturday Dec 7 ELLIS PARK, ADELAIDE
Saturday Dec 7 & Sunday Dec 8 RNA SHOWGROUNDS, BRISBANE

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