Exclusive: EDC Orlando 2017 Recap

After two energy-filled days at the historic Tinker Field, the 7th annual EDC Orlando concluded with 80,000 fans, which is the largest group of attendees in history. On November 10th and 11th, headliners were treated to three stunning stage designs in new locations, vibrant décor, playful costumed characters, exhilarating carnival rides, beautiful art installations and unforgettable sets from over 80 legendary dance music acts.

   

Fans entered the festival each day through vibrant tunnels of neon-lit daisies and glowing lanterns strung across the Electric Sky. A serpent-like figure called The Kracken snaked around the lake, crafted from repurposed wood that the artist had collected while helping to clean and care for homes affected by Florida’s recent hurricane.

   

After making its epic debut at EDC Las Vegas this summer, a reimagined version of the kineticFIELD stage traveled across the country to Orlando. Gaia, the Greek Goddess of Mother Earth, sat at the center of the structure with open arms to the crowd, inviting the accepting community to take in the natural wonders around them. Spanning 240 feet wide with 21 flames and 28 lasers, the breathtaking stage captivated fans with its jaw-dropping visuals illuminated by over 450 vibrant lights. Diplo and A-Trak performed a massive world-premiere b2b, along with heavy weights like Marshmello, Armin van Buuren, Galantis, and Seven Lions. The gorgeous Pulse Portal formed a crystalized arch in the middle of Rainbow Road, leading up to the beating heart of Gaia in the distance.

   

Known for its authentic carnival atmosphere, EDC Orlando brought full-scale attractions like the LED-lit Dream Wheel and the Skyhawk Swings overlooking the crowds below at circuitGROUNDS. Those seeking adventure hovered over the crystal clear lake on the thrilling 300-foot long zip line. On the other side of the ride sat the neonGARDEN circus tent, emitting beams of lasers and lights from the glittering disco ball. On Friday, Insomniac’s trance brand Dreamstate hosted iconic acts like Garth Emery and Aly & Fila, while Saturday saw the likes of deep house aficionados Green Velvet and Jamie Jones.

   

VIP festival goers experienced one-of-a-kind, exclusive offerings ranging from complimentary body paint station, full-service beauty bar, an interactive kandi bracelet-making station, signature EDM cocktails, and delicious eats from Orlando’s favorite spots.

   

Corona Electric Beach brought the sand and sunshine to EDC Orlando with palm trees, a heated pool, and special guest sets from Party Favor and A-Trak. This year, circuitGROUNDS enjoyed a separate area across the street from Tinker Field, spanning 166-feet wide in a 360-degree design. More than 1,000 video tiles sparkled across each pyramid structure and 6 canons burst streamers and confetti over the crowd. Kaskade brought fans a nostalgic sunset show packed with classic tracks and memorable melodies while Zedd, Slander, and Bonnie X Clyde provided blooming beats all weekend long.

   

Insomniac Cares welcomed several uplifting charity partners to the festival, engaging fans in meaningful activations. To Write Love On Her Arms, a nonprofit dedicated to encouraging, informing, and investing in treatment and recovery for those struggling with depression, addiction, and suicide, gave fans the opportunity to converse with one another via hand-written notes and inspirational quotes. Love, Hope, Strength gave fans the chance to save a life by participating in the national bone marrow registry.  Project #OpenTalk also returned to provide counseling and education services for substance abuse, sexual health, and mental health.

Meet The Stage Designers Behind EDC’s Infamous bassPOD

  Meet Heather Shaw and Elliott Dunwody who are a big part of the Vita Motus Design Studio, the team behind EDC’s awesome stages. The bassPOD is one of the coolest stages at EDCLV designed to make you feel that you’re in the center of all the action. A stage that can shoot fire up to 50 ft in the air with awesome LED panels for sick lights and graphics!  

Dj Khaled’s Not So Good, Very Bad Night at EDC Vegas

It should have been Dj Khaled’s time to get some good videos and photos for his Snapchat or Instagram. Instead, Dj Khaled, invited to perform on the last day of EDC Las Vegas this year, was booed off the stage after a set of sound issues, famous catch phrases, and short abrupt transitions from one 30 seconds of a track to another by his DJ.   The crowd could only take so much, erupting into a chorus of boos and aggravating grumbling.  Dj Khaled, dedicated to the show going on in spite of a bad crowd reaction, moved around on stage and mustered his best lines to try to win his audience over to no avail. Dj Khaled claimed on Instagram that his set had problems because of the sound crew and alleged that they cut his set short.
A video taken by Yo Swan shows Dj Khaled refusing to exit the stage when prompted. Instead of leaving, the DJ responds by playing “Jump Around” by House Of Pain.  If there had been no sound problems, there is no telling if the crowd would have eventually joined  Mr. Khaled all the way up and willingly put their hands in the air. The world may never know.

EDCLV Tips – Pace Yourself!

It’s that time of year where we all meet up under the electric sky! At this point most of us are either at a pool party, getting f*cked up in a hotel room (drinks are too pricey to be buying them on the strip) or just walking the strip being a tourist. With that said we’re all pretty much pumped and ready for this epic weekend to begin! Keep in mind that water is a must especially when it’s over 105+ degrees out. Alcohol can dehydrate you as well so better get that water in between shots lol. Pace yourself… it’s going to feel like a marathon, but go at your pace… biggest mistake for me in the past years was trying to do too much during the day and going to EDC at night. know that you can put yourself at risk of a heat stroke and feel the heat exhaustion kicking in. Know the signs and how to face them.  

Snapchat Discovered the Power of One of Its Most Popular Features at an EDM Festival

Snapchat co-founders realized the power of Snapchat’s Live Stories feature at EDC Las Vegas, which is one of the largest EDM festivals. “I remember Evan and myself were actually out in EDC Las Vegas when we launched this product, and so we were half expecting to see nothing,” Snap co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Bobby Murphy said in the company’s roadshow video. “Instead we saw the most amazing content covering an event that we’ve ever seen.” Snapchat launched Live Stories at EDC in 2014. The company realized that if they could create a digital geographic demarcation aka geofence” around a certain area, they could get users to post videos and photos from the music festival. When a user snaps a picture or a video from the zone, they get an option to include their content in a community-sourced public channel.     Photo Source: Insomniac

Pasquale Rotella Teases EDCLV 2017 Kinetic Field Stage

EDC is back at it again with the teasing that comes months before the music festival. This time the big tease has to do with the main stage Kinetic Field or should I say, Kinetic Gaia. As of now, there’s no blueprint showing what the stage will look like but a storyline describing it. It seems that the stage will represent the owl community together with all the great memories that were made at EDC. Below is the story straight out of Pasquale Rotella’s Snapchat. “SINCE THE ANCIENT TIMES SHE IS THERE FOR WISDOM, CARE OR A PROPHECY SHE IS LIKE THE ORACLE THAT KNOWS EVERYTHING OF THE OWL COMMUNITY THE TRUTH LAYS IN HER EYES & WISDOM IN HER WORDS. “The great Kinetic Hall is the place where the owl community gathers to share their visions and dreams. This is the place where they can escape everyday life and share stories with other members of the owl community. In the middle there is the statue of Kinetic Gaia. The statue holds 4 compasses to locate and connect with owl communities from every part of the world. The two owls guards closing both sides of the stage, are proud and with their heads high up in the air protect the statue of Kinetic Gaia.”

EDC Breaking Ground With VR Experience

Electric Daisy Carnival is one of the best music festivals in the US since it started. EDC has been very successful for more than a decade. With the “EDM bubble slowly bursting,” there’s still a powerful following for Electric Daisy Carnival that many see it as one of the original music festivals in the US. EDC has had a major influence on many of the music festivals that have popped up over the past couple of years. From the large stages to the best host in Las Vegas, EDC keeps pushing the boundaries in the very best way possible. With upgrades comes technology, and EDC has brought virtual reality to its tech audience two years in a row. Last year’s EDC was epic, with the best in music and fabulous festival attendees. Even though some people aren’t always able to make it to EDC, Insomniac does their best to make sure viewers at home can also feel part of the experience. To start off of the New Year, EDC organizers teamed up with CES and VRLIVE to bring CES attendees, as well as those at home, a 360° EDC experience. “VRLIVE’s cutting-edge technology and immersive 360º footage will transport viewers into the imaginative world of North America’s largest music festival as they witness more than 250 performances from globally acclaimed artists across eight of EDC’s massive stages and fourteen iconic Art Cars.” With this cutting edge technology, those with VR devices could immerse themselves in Electric Daisy Carnival as if they had really been there. “VRLIVE also executed the 360º live-broadcast of three intricately designed stages at EDC Las Vegas 2016 and routed each stream to 50 Samsung GearVR headsets at the VRLIVE Lounge on the festival grounds during the event. Guests were able to strap on a VR headset and virtually transport themselves to the stage of their choice while standing next to their favorite DJs as they performed in groundbreaking 360º live-broadcast virtual reality.” For this super cool VR experience, check out this site

15 Facts You Didn’t Know about EDC

  • EDC has added 1.4 billion dollars to the Las Vegas economy in the past 6 years
  • The first EDC was held August 29, 1997 in Los Angeles
  • The last EDC in Los Angeles was held June 25th & 26th 2010 before its move to Las Vegas in June of 2011
  • Other past and current EDC locations include: New York, Chicago, Orlando, Aurora, Dallas, Puerto Rico, Brazil, UK, India, Japan, Brazil and Mexico
  • EDCLV is 66% of Las Vegas population which is 603k (Not including the full metropolitan area)
  • Bassnectar’s first EDC was in 2006 (This one is for my bass heads)
  • Only 15 Minutes of Fireworks are set off throughout the whole event (3 days)
  • The wifi signal is strongest at Carnival Square (EDCLV)
  • It takes 22.5 megawatts of energy to power EDCLV… that’s enough energy for 14,625 homes
  • Las Vegas has the only version of EDC that’s held from dusk to dawn

  • EDC Transitioned from a one-day festival to a two-day festival in 2009. It grew again to three days once the festival moved to Las Vegas in 2011
  • The EDC stages we love got their names in 2005 (Kinetic Field, Neon Garden, Circuit Grounds, Cosmic Meadow, BassPod)
  • Kaskade and Ferry Corsten’s first EDC was in 2005
  • EDC tickets in 1997 only cost $20
  • EDC was the first Music Festival in North America to host the European hardstyle powerhouse Q-dance

How Much Money Goes behind Top Festivals

The first Ultra Music Festival in Miami in 1999 cost $200,000. In 2013, Russell Faibisch estimated in a Miami New times article that in 2013 Ultra would require $25 million to $30 million dollars to pull off. This is a significant jump from the infant days of UMF. Today EDM music festivals cost tens of millions of dollars to put on. In a Forbes article, Pasquale Rotella was interviewed about the history of EDC and stated in 2014 that it would take $36 million to throw EDC in Las Vegas. Ultra Music Festival in Miami and EDC have large impacts on the surrounding area and add to the burgeoning $6.9 billion EDM industry, but the economic boom provided does come at a cost that is running ever higher. Tomorrowland began a little over a decade ago in 2005 with about 10,000 unique visitors and had swelled to 180,000 unique visitors in 2016. Tomorrowland is looked to as the trendsetter when it comes to stage design and production. However, it is not the visual environment that ID&T founder Duncan Stutterheim, the founder of ID&T, feels it’s costing festival organizers an arm and a leg. In remarks made at the Noorderslag Seminar in Groningen in 2015, Stutterheim discussed the rising costs of booking DJ acts. Tiesto and David Guetta can command $350,000 while Calvin Harris could be paid up to $500,000 per an investigation by QUOTE. So how have festival organizers dealt with these rising costs? One way is sponsorship, the double-edged sword. Sponsorship is a way for festivals to invest more money into the festival experience without having to worry about the increased financial risk, but festival organizers are still making a big gamble in favor of reward over that risk. Festival organizers have to find the right balance and ensure the festival isn’t turned into one big marketing bonanza as sponsors will expect there to be some product placement and advertisement. But even with sponsors, there are going to be expenses festival organizers will have to manage. All manners of work are involved in putting on a festival, and all of those workers have to be paid. Festival goers encounter the front line: parking attendants, security personnel, food service workers, and ticket box workers. Employees who are in the background but whose skills are ever present are sound engineers and stage workers. Then there are porta potty vendors, sales managers, talent buyers, web developers, sponsorship coordinators, social media managers, operations assistants, city officials (for fees and licenses), and venue operators. Remember all the people it takes to put on a festival the next time you gasp at the cost of admission. What is paid for memories for a lifetime is a fraction of what it costs to provide the experience for those memories.

The Technological Future of Music Festivals

Music festivals are nothing new and go far back in time than any of us can remember. I have attended music festivals as early as Ultra Music Festival in 2006. I can tell you a lot has changed since then which also includes a lot of the technologies used within the festival grounds. Ticketing Everything today works alongside computers from everything being digital from scanning tickets off your mobile device to just scanning a chip built into a wristband. Sure beats the good old days where you had to hold on to a ticket hoping you didn’t lose it on day one. I feel these upgrades were only made to keep fake tickets at a low. Livestreaming This is HUGE! Back in the day if you didn’t go, you just missed out. The only way you got to see what happened was basically through your friend’s recordings on their camera…. yes you heard that right CAMERA! If they happened to be rolling balls, chances were video quality was at a low with all the jumping and fingers all over that lens with no care of how that recording was coming along. Live streaming has brought many to watch from home at HD quality. Many of these top festivals like Tomorrowland, Ultra and Coachella have been able to show everything from top performances to the festival crowd which makes you feel that you’re there all in the action (feeling that festival breeze). Stages From the pyrotechnics to cool stage designs and led lighting we can all say a lot of improvements have been made which goes with the music festival experience. Remember that awesome main stage at EDCLV this past year? That alone cost 3 million dollars to build! Festival organizers have made it a big priority to include visuals to stage designs since it has been a growing trend at all EDM Events. With so much change these past ten years it makes you think what are the next decade going to be like for music festivals.