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The Untz Turns Up the Volume on Underground Artists, Culture [Fest Feature]

Bass music has always glorified the ‘underground’ because that’s what powers the machine. The next-up artists and biggest, most innovative sound help push forward the genre, add notoriety and more widespread acclaim for a growing genre. The Untz Festival, hosted in Brows Valley, California, is one of the foremost festivals when it comes to living up to these values.

Since 2016, it’s consistently brought the top underground artists, labels and diehards together for a week of some of the most bass-forward sounds in the country. It brings in international talent to harbor new sounds, and highlights the top acts, labels and collectives from around the country. Because of the far-reaching corners that these genres originate, there’s tons of opportunity to discover new styles and one-of-a-kind collaborations. The Untz festival provides all that and more.

Where it Began

The Untz Festival’s first event was housed in Mariposa, California. Headlining the event was Phutureprimitive, The Werks, and Desert Dwellers. The vent hosted dubstep OGs like Mr. Bill and Kaminada, while conspicuously booking an undercard that featured soon-to-be superstars ILLENIUM, Charlesthefirst, and Said the Sky. The festival has previously booked other big name notables such as Liquid Stranger, EPROM, CASPA and Boogie T.

Past Lineups

Current Lineup

The Untz 2021 features the return of now headliner, Charlesthefirst. Under that ethos, this event will host some of the most exciting and decorated names in bass music today. Yheti, Of the Trees, Chee, Digital Ethos and Ternion Sound will all be playing solo performances, in addition to rare back-to-back performances like Kll Bill, Cheethos, and Yheti B2B Of the Trees. Truth will also be making an appearance, hosting a Deep, Dark & Dangerous takeover alongside Khiva and Angelic root. Additionally, Spicybois, Lost Dogz, Lofreq, The Undergrowth, and Wormhole Group will all be curating their own respective stages.

How to Go

Very few tickets remain for this reduced capacity event. You can check out the full lineup above and purchase tickets here ($325 for 3-Day, $275 for 2-Day). To help you pregame the festival, we’ve put together a playlist of all our favorites tunes from the lineup.

Stream our Fest Feature: The Untz Spotify playlist below:






Franz Hilberath is a writer, publicist, artist manager, and editor/founder of MP3 MAG. Franz's passion for telling creative's stories began as a journalist with local and national newspapers (Creative Loafing, USA Today), magazines (Marquee, Man of the Hour), and blogs (, CULTR). His byline spans live event coverage, music reviews and interviews with innovators such as ODESZA, Marc Rebillet, RUFUS DU SOL, Lee “Scratch” Perry, GRiZ, & SOFI TUKKER. Today, as an independent publicist (Franz.mp3), Franz has represented true creatives and esteemed labels such as Zeds Dead (Deadbeats), Gravitas Recordings, Mersiv (MorFlo Records), Night Tales (Ultra Records), Of The Trees (Memory Palace), Justin Jay (Fantastic Voyage), Meduso, KHIVA, RaeCola, THRASHA and more.