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Ultra Music Festival 2015: 15 Artists You Need to See

The stadium titans, deep house scientists, pop stars and purists to catch at the 16th Miami bash

Skrillex and Steve Aoki

Though the EDM festival scene continues to bloom, Miami's Ultra Music Festival remains the ultimate destination, 16 years since its inception. For the 2015 edition, the organizers have crowd-pleasing down to a science: Pretty much every Vegas-level resident you can think of is booked on the main stage and carefully themed smaller stages appeal to other big-room tastes. There may not be as many wildcards as years past, but there's still plenty of room for discovery across its three days. From up-and-comers to radio staples, we picked 15 artists you need to catch.

Todd Terje

OSLO, NORWAY - MAY 27: Portrait of Norwegian musician and record producer Terje Olsen, better known by his stage name Todd Terje, photographed at his home studio in Oslo, Norway, on May 27, 2014. Olsen is best known for collaborating with acts such as Robbie Williams and Franz Ferdinand. (Photo by Joseph Branston/Future Music Magazine via Getty Images)

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Todd Terje

Rolling Stone named Terje's full-length, It's Album Time, one of the best electronic albums of 2014, noting its "vision of the future…filtered through the past." Indeed, Terje's ice-cool Nordic disco promises groovy musicality and an alternative to fist-pumping. With his recent remixes of artists like Bryan Ferry and Dolly Parton, his performance might also promise a history lesson.

Seth Troxler

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Seth Troxler

Troxler's appearance at Ultra is either ironic, genius or both, as the Michigan native's long been an outspoken opponent of the commercial EDM scene. Still, he's become a headliner in his own right by refusing to go cheesy or compromise, forcing thousands to dance to pure techno and house via finely honed, traditional DJ skills. Troxler's a good bet for purists, even in a muddy field — and he may even crack out some actual vinyl.

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