KAOS Nightclub Goes All In With Eric Prydz, Deadmau5, and Armin Van Buuren

The newly designed 73,000-square-foot dayclub and 29,000-square-foot nightclub known as KAOS is set to unveil next month on April 4th, at the Palms Casino Resort. They spared no expense on their initial residencies announced earlier this year with Above & Beyond, Kaskade, Skrillex, along with a $60 Million deal with Marshmello. But what we believe is a hail-mary effort to bring an inflow of revenue off strip to the casino, will likely be the reasons you come to Las Vegas in the first place. KAOS recently announced Eric Prydz, Deadmau5, and Armin Van Buuren to be added to their stacked EDM roster which is just the icing on the “From Dust to Gold” makeover the Palms Casino underwent last year.

Initially, Tao Group and Red Rock Resorts were amidst a dayclub/ nightclub/ restaurant deal with Palms Casino Resort during the Palms $690 million dollar “From Dust to Gold” renovation, but both accounts pulled out of the deal last October to which was stated as a mutual agreement. Palms Casino has continued with full steam to arguably bring the best lineup of residencies Las Vegas has seen in a while.

If the EDM artists are not what catches your eye, then maybe Cardi B, G-Eazy, Bad Bunny, Ozuna, J Balvin, or Travis Scott might. Either way you slice it, KAOS is coming and we will be there.


KAOS Opening Weekend to take place April 4th, 5th, 6th.

KAOS Opening Weekend to take place April 4th, 5th, 6th.


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Spring Awakening - Lineup Announcement

Spring Awakening Music Festival is fast approaching, and they have spared no expense on bringing a stacked and diverse array of artists for their 2019 lineup. If you live in the Midwest or have been considering a nice little vacation than this may be the festival for you.

Spring Awakening will take place on the weekend of June 7th-9th at Poplar Creek, Illinois. CLICK HERE for more general festival information, age restrictions, map location, and link for tickets in our festival guide.

Expect to see big name artist including but not limited to Benny Benassi, Chris Lake, Dillon Francis, Dombresky, Flosstradamus, Galantis, Griz, Illenium, Liquid Stranger, Malaa, Martin Garrix, Nora En Pure, Oliver Heldens, Rezz, Space Jesus, Spencer Brown, Zedd and many more.

Spring Awakening Lineup

Join in the preperation on the Spring Awakening Facebook Page.


Potential Swedish House Mafia Residency with Wynn Nightlife

Until Now Swedish House Mafia (SHM) has kept a tight lid on any dates in the US. However, earlier this week a post on Instagram by Wynn Nightlife in Las Vegas gave us hope hinting at a potential residency. The official announcement is coming soon, but stylized in similar manner than the announcements on the DJs social media, which read “WE ARE HOME 1.8.19”, “1.9.19”, and “1.10.19”.

We Are Home 1.8.19
We Are Home 1.9.19.jpg
We Are Home 1.10.19.jpg

It all started almost a year ago during Ultra Music Festival in Miami. Swedish House Mafia reunited to close night 3 of the festival. “Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Axwell, this is Sebastian Ingrosso, and this is Steve Angello, and Miami you know that we are the Swedish House Mafia” was announced on stage and we were all very excited to see them back. Over the course of the next months we did not learn much about their plans except for the rumors of a worldwide tour.

Sebastian Ingrosso  Announced 1.8.19

Sebastian Ingrosso

Announced 1.8.19

Steve Angello  Announced 1.9.19

Steve Angello

Announced 1.9.19

Axwell ??? - TBA

Axwell ??? - TBA

Nine different dates have been announced so far, but none in the US. This week on 1.8.19 meant the announcement Sebastian Ingrosso’s residency, along with Steve Angello announced today on 1.9.19. It is safe to say that Axwell will be announced tomorrow. This will put all three in Las Vegas under the same Wynn Nighlife residency, and hopefully a step closer to an official announcement of more tour dates in the US for the Swedish House Mafia.


This story is ongoing, so stay tuned for updates!

Wynn Nightlife has since deleted their posts regarding the three dates for artist release. Axwell was never announced.


Are you as excited as we are? Let us know your thoughts below!


Photo Credit: Wynn Nightlife

Technics Unveils its First DJ Turntable in Nine Years

Technics hosted an event during CES week in partnership with Boiler Room to announce the SL-1200MK7 turntable. Their first DJ turntable since 2002, the new unit is reminiscent of their previous SL-1200 model series, but is enhanced in sound quality, a coreless direct drive motor, and reverse playback.

As stated by Technics, “The SL-1200MK7 is launched as the first new standard DJ turntable in approximately nine years.“

Technics SL-1200MK7

Technics SL-1200MK7

The sleek design is all black and uses a slow rotating motor to drive the platter. For additional details on the tech features behind the turntable, please see the Press Release from Technics.

Features:

  • Coreless Direct Drive Motor Achieving Stable Rotation and Powerful Torque

  • Highly Sensitive Tonearm Accurately Reads the Signal Stored in the Record Groove

  • Two-layer Structure Platter with Improved Vibration Damping Performance

  • High Rigidity Cabinet and High Damping Insulator for Thorough Shut-out of All Vibrations

  • Detachable Power/Phono Cable Terminals Prevents Cable Discontinuity

Boiler Room brought out high caliber DJs such as DJ Koco ( AKA Shimokita), former member of Jurassic 5 & Ozomatli DJ Cut Chemist, classic New York house DJ Kenny Dope, and Detroit Techno DJ Derrick May.

Watch below to see the Boiler Room DJ sets that took place.


Header Photo Credit: Technics

Imagine 2018 - The Experience


I did not know what to expect when I first arrived at Imagine Music Festival. I had heard great things about this aquatic adventure, but great stories only go so far until you experience it for yourself. I am a firm believer in attending a new music festival every year versus attending the same local events over and over which many people get locked into for various reasons. With that said, I chose to fly out from Las Vegas to spend my 2018 festival experience at Imagine Music Festival.

For those of you who are unfamiliar, Imagine Music Festival is a 3-day camping festival which has been held every year (for the last 5 years) at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, in Georgia. Within that short period of time Imagine has established itself as a staple among the other major festivals on the east coast and within the US. I was very excited to be attending their 5th year anniversary as they launched a stacked lineup to include artists such as Armin Van Buuren, Kaskade, Bassnectar, Alesso, Galantis, RL Grime, Zhu, Green Velvet, The Glitch Mob, Paul Oakenfold, Cashmere Cat, and Griz to name a few.

The Speedway is conveniently close to the Atlanta Airport, so my commute to the festival was a smooth transition after my flight (an approx. 30-min drive). Upon arrival I had to first pick up my wristband at will-call which had little to no wait in line. The staff was very organized and friendly which made for an easy pickup. We arrived to the campground entry which had one of the most thorough car checks I have experienced at a camping festival. They asked us to pop the trunk and ruffled through our camping gear along with multiple passes of K9 inspections. Safety is of the utmost importance but be forewarned. We pulled into our designated camping plot and set up what would be our home away from home for the next three days. We quickly made friends with the other camp mates, had a few kickoff drinks to relax, and left towards the festival.

Photo Credit:  Imagine Music Festival

Photo Credit: Imagine Music Festival


DAY 1


We arrived in line to enter the speedway which did not take very long to get through the security pat downs and wristband scans. We walked into the speedway looking down at the Disco Inferno stage towards the center with main Oceana stage off to the far left. Amazonia is another one of the larger stages which is set off to the right but was not open/accessible until day two and three. I am not sure of the reason for this, but I think all stages should be active during all three days of the festival. We got inside a little late on the first day but made our way down the stairs and grooved at Disco Inferno for the end of Ployd’s set.

Photo Credit:  Imagine Music Festival

Photo Credit: Imagine Music Festival

We headed over to the pool for a bit to relax and went to Oceana for 12th Planet, The Glitch Mob, Galantis, and Armin Van Buuren who always delivers!

We decided to swing by the Silent Disco for a bit before heading back to camp. I was exhausted from all the travel as I took a red eye flight, but I ended up staying out a lot later than I initially planned. If you have never experienced a silent disco, the headsets had a dual channel feature with two DJ’s on stage so you could tune into the sound of your choice. The headsets would light up blue or green depending on the channel, so you could see who else was listening to the same music.

One thing I immediately noticed about Imagine Music Festival, is the amazing vibe people carry. It’s never guaranteed that a festival with so many people will create such a warm and welcoming aura… but the people of Imagine Music Festival do this seemingly better than many festivals I have attended. For such a young and independently owned music festival they have done very well to create a home for their attendees. Granted, this was my experience and the vibe you bring plays a major factor, but IMF gets my personal stamp of approval for the atmosphere they create, and the people they attract.


DAY 2


Camping at festivals can sometimes be hit or miss based on the weather. It is often freezing at night, and you wake up in the morning feeling like you’re being baked in the comfort of your own tent. I am not sure if September was perfect timing or if the weather just happened to be perfect, but I did not experience any excessive hot or cold weather throughout the weekend. It was chilly at night, but I did not feel the need to wear every article of clothing I packed. Waking up was just as nice and the perfect start for day two. If weather happens to be one of your camping festival fears… RV camping is also available.

Day two of Imagine Music Festival was perfect. There was no worry about travel, traffic, or setting up camp. Just wake up, cook breakfast, or eat a PB&J and relax into the second day of the festival. If you happened to not bring any food, they had plenty of great food options inside and outside of the speedway.

Luckily our camp was set relatively close to the showers where the Iris Team did a really good job of making sure the porta-potties were cleaned out each morning. After freshening up we made our way to the speedway. Although there were several other great artists I wanted to see at the Amazonia and Disco Inferno stage (Ekali, Cashmere Cat, Jai Wolf, Green Velvet, and Zhu), I decided to stay with my group to catch Bear Grillz, Liquid Stranger, Adventure Club (which brought back a lot of great memories), Bassnectar, and closed out the night with Alesso. Every time I have tried to see Alesso, something happens and I either miss his set or I can’t make it to the event. It was great to finally have the opportunity to see him live and break my curse.

Oceana Stage -  Liquid Stranger

Oceana Stage - Liquid Stranger

Although we were all sad to be flooded out from the speedway, the festivities in the campgrounds were in full effect, and we were not ready to go to sleep any time soon. The Silent Disco was overflowing with a long line to get in, but first, we decided to re-group at our campsite to grab a drink and head back out to the parties. We went to a stage that was set up close to our camp and a secret forest stage, which was going off!

IMF2018: Secret Forest Stage

IMF2018: Secret Forest Stage

After visiting both stages, we headed towards the Silent Disco, but were curious to see what the RV camp situation looked like and I am happy we did. We found ourselves at a private RV after party. It was equipped with a giant unicorn floaty ball pit, House DJs, and an eclectic group of people dancing into day three of Imagine Music Festival.

IMF2018: RV Camp After Party

IMF2018: RV Camp After Party

IMF2018: RV Camp After Party

IMF2018: RV Camp After Party

The vibe was great, and the music was better. We danced until sunrise but decided that 8am was time to go back to camp and sleep for a few hours. Luckily, it was a little overcast, so the sun gave us enough time to nap.


DAY 3


I felt like a zombie, but the after-parties were completely worth it. After a quick shower I felt refreshed and ready to regroup with my camp and the new friends I made over the weekend. Day three of any festival is always a little sad, as you know the adventure is coming to an end. Knowing the third day of Imagine ends three hours earlier (12am), we made sure to go inside relatively early. Half of my group split off to go to mainstage VIP, which was quite an experience within itself. The Oceana stage has the entire far left section available dedicated to VIP, which had a perfect view of the stage along with a large private bar, bathrooms, bottle service, and additional seating available. I preferred to be in the middle of the crowd, so I stayed with my new friends from camp and raged to Getter, RL Grime, and Zeds Dead at Oceana.

Although I wanted to see Kaskade, my friends urged me to go to see Griz instead. I am all about experiencing “new” artists and I had never seen Griz live. He blew my mind. He had live instruments (guitar & saxophone), a rapper came out, and the crowed was amazing. Griz’s set was full of positive subliminal messaging/propaganda that made for an amazing feel good atmosphere. Towards the end of the set, my friend looked at me and said, “I would like to welcome you to the Wook Society.” We both died laughing and enjoyed the fireworks set off from mainstage across the speedway, with the sounds of Griz playing past his set time.

Everyone began to head towards Disco Inferno, as Oliver Heldens was the final set of the night. It was nice to have one single performer close out of the festival as it brought all the attendees together. Although we were sad to end the night, we were all exhausted and ready for bed. Turn down for naps. We headed back to camp and checked out for the night. I decided to shower before bed, to make for a more efficient pack-out before heading back to the airport.

One thing to note, as not every festival has a “Leave No Trace” policy, EVERY camping festival attendee should make it a self-priority to pack in and pack out, to leave your camp as spotless as it was when you arrived. Many campers left a lot of trash at their campsites which I see happen more and more every year. Please do your part to keep the grounds clean so the Iris Team and others can continue to bring us these amazing events.


If you have never been to Imagine Music Festival, I wholeheartedly recommend attending in 2019. If you have, please let me know what year you attended and how your experience was in the comments below :)


Header Photo Credit: Imagine Music Festival

Skrillex is Back!

Skrillex will be headlining Snowta NYE Festival this year in Minneapolis to close out 2018 and kick-off 2019 in perfect fashion. After a hiatus from the EDM scene that for some of us has seemed an eternity, Skrillex is making his way back to the stage.

As of late, Skrillex been spending more time in the studio and recently remixed The Island, Pt 1 (Dawn) by Pendulum which was released back in June.

Additionally, Skrillex has been taking a break from the festival circuit to record with his band mates From First To Last in which they dropped Surrender for free, just over two weeks ago.

Needless to say, I am very excited for his return to the dance music community as I am sure many of you reading this are as well. Marshmello will also be headlining Snowta NYE the evening before which will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Dec 30th - 31st.

For the basic festival info/directions etc... Click Here to go to our US festival guide for this event.

With all this great news, let's hope this leads up to a Skrillex tour in 2019.

Snowta Lineup

Header photo credit:  Daniel Zetterstrom / Watchara

Imagine Music Festival Draws Near

If you aren't already excited for this year's Imagine Music Festival, continue reading below.

Over the last few years Imagine Music Festival has distinguished itself as one of the nation’s most anticipated EDM festivals in the country. As IMF will be celebrating their 5th year anniversary, they have spared no expense on bringing out massive headliners such as Bassnectar, Kaskade, Armin Van Buuren, Alesso, Galantis, RL Grime and Zeds Dead to name a few.

Special Guests: The Glitch Mob and Getter, Green Velvet Presents: La La Land, Boogie T & Squnto, Yheti b2b Toadface, and more. There will also be at least 70 additional local artists added to the lineup.

Imagine Music Festival Lineup

Imagine Music Festival will be returning to the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Atlanta, Georgia on September 21st through the 23rd.

Photo Credit: Imagine Music Festival

Photo Credit: Imagine Music Festival

Imagine Music Festivals Four Main Stages

Oceania Stage:

Armin Van Buuren - Alesso - Galantis - RL Grime - Zeds Dead - Adventure Club - 12th Planet - Bear Grillz - Liquid Stranger - Riot Ten - Zaxx - Eddie Gold - Kevin Flum - Leah Culver - Midnite Panda - Ra - Sunday Service.

Amazonia Stage:

GRiZ - ZHU - Cashmere Cat - Shpongle (Simon Posford DJ set) - Ekali - Eoto - Lotus - Jai Wolf - SunSquabi - Higher Learning - Juju Beats - Levitation Jones - Protohype - Zen Selekta. 

Disco Inferno Stage:

Green Velvet - Oliver Heldens - Noisia - Chocolate Puma - EDX - Joker - Koan Sound - Shlump - Walker & Royce - Wax Motif - Afro Acid Block with Salah Ananse and DJ Kemit - Ariel - Exit 9 - Halogen - Ployd - White Rhino. 

Aeria Stage:

Paul Oakenfold - Gabriel Dresden - DJ Dara - IVY Lab - Bryson Taylor - DaddyDough - Kenneth Thomas - Weiss.


Less than 300 tickets remain at the current GA price tier. $259 for a 3-day pass and $319 for a 3-day pass with camping.

VIP passes with express entry into the festival, exclusive viewing areas, VIP bars and lounges, and private air-conditioned VIP trailer restrooms are now $380 for a 3-day pass and $499 for a 3-day pass with camping. VIP is over 80% sold out!!!

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Header photo credit: Imagine Music Festival

Illenium Shares His Struggle With Opiate Addiction

Nicholas Miller, more notably know as Illenium came out about his battle with opiate addiction and his overdose on heroin six years ago. 

We're often so wound up about all the things going on in our lives, that at times it feels as if it's too much to handle. Sometimes we all need to take a step back and look at the things in our lives that truly motivate us to happy and healthy. Be it family & friends, or the music that helps us to get through it all.

Nick completely exposes himself to his fans in the letter he wrote below, expressing how much music has literally saved his life. Illenium's new single "Take You Down" is an expression of his struggles and will be released this Friday, Aug 3rd.

If you or someone you care about is suffering from addiction, depression, or thoughts of suicide please do not hesitate to reach out to friends or family who can help. If you feel as though you do not have those resources, please reach out to the below 24/7 Toll Free hotlines who have people that want to help.


"Take You Down" Premiered at THE Global Dance Festival

Thank you for your words of love, light, and encouragement, Nick. You are a guiding example that so many of us need.

Stay connected and continue to support Illenium via his social media accounts below.


Header photo source: Illenium.com

EDC Las Vegas - The 2018 Experience

Let me start off by saying that last year I said that I would be attending my last EDC Las Vegas... Well, I lied. I attended my 13th EDC this year, and I’m already planning out next years trip. The Las Vegas Motor Speedway has transformed into such a magical place, that I don’t ever see myself not attending. At least not anytime soon. Especially as each year seems to improve exponentially. The FOMO is real!

I arrived in Las Vegas from South Carolina on Wednesday night after having a hellish experience with the airline. Determined not to let anything damper my spirits, Thursday afternoon I attended the EDC Week Basscon Pool Party. I arrived a bit late since I had to find out where the airline had lost my luggage, then buy new clothes and a bathing suit. 

Cosmic Meadow  - Photo Credit: Insomniac Events

Cosmic Meadow - Photo Credit: Insomniac Events

My group and I arrived to the speedway at 9pm. Traffic was killer, but we went straight to Basspod, then my favorite stage, Wasteland! We explored a bit and tried going to as many stages as possible, checked out the art installations, and had a few drinks. The mini cathedral which was designated as our meet up spot, was beautiful. One thing I noticed was the price difference depending on which stand you got beers from; prices varied by $2-4 dollars, which isn’t much, but can make a difference over the course of the weekend.

Wasteland  - Photo Credit: Insomniac Events

Wasteland - Photo Credit: Insomniac Events

Basspod - Photo Credit: Insomniac Events

Basspod - Photo Credit: Insomniac Events

My favorite set on Friday, and possibly all weekend, was Avalon at Quantum Valley. The stage design made me reminisce of the 2011/2012 Main Stage EDC with all the LED panels. I do enjoy the Main Stage themes, however, I much prefer LED wall displays over everything. If you are not familiar with Avalon, he plays Psytrance and was absolutely amazing. I wish we had been able to watch his entire set, but I had to leave early in order to make it back to the meetup spot to leave with my group.

Quantum Valley  - Photo Credit: Insomniac Events

Quantum Valley - Photo Credit: Insomniac Events

Saturday and Sunday we went with our friend Kyle, whom we stayed with that weekend. Saturday was my favorite day as it had many of the sets I was looking forward to most (TNT, Excision Detox, Darren Styles, Armin Van Buuren, and Vini Vici to close out our night at Kinetic Field). We arrived a bit earlier Day 2 around 7:45pm and ran straight to Basspod to headbang to Space Jesus who always puts on a great show. Afterwards we all went to Wasteland with fists in the air for Darksiderz B2B Mekanikal, and TNT(Technoboy & Tuneboy).

We took a break to explore the different stages and noticed that this year there were VIP sections at the front of every stage, whereas before they were only located at Main Stage and Neon Garden. Super cool idea, but I do wish it had been announced beforehand(unless I missed the memo). I attained my EDC ticket through my Festival Passport so upgrading to VIP was not a possibility for me, but others decisions might have been swayed to VIP had I known this.

We headed over to Cosmic Meadow and made our way through the crowed to see Post Malone at 11:00pm. One thing that irked me was that he only had a 30min set, but we waited… and waited… and waited some more. By 11:20pm I was ready to leave. The stage was insanely  packed and people were getting restless. We made friends with the people standing near us, cracked jokes about how rappers are always late, and made the best of the situation. Post Malone finally came on shortly past 11:30pm, after his set was supposed to end, but Insomniac seemed to have predicted this and allowed for a 30min cushion before Malaa and Tchami came on. We more or less got to see his full set.

Cosmic Meadow  - Photo Credit: Insomniac Events

Cosmic Meadow - Photo Credit: Insomniac Events

I opted to see the Malaa and Tchami No Redemption set which conflicted with Eric Prydz, but I have already seen him several times. No Redemption kept us groovin, but I wasn't too impressed considering the fact we passed up on Eric Prydz.

All in all, the vibes were fun, people were super nice, and the music was excellent. As always there were set conflicts which are totally unavoidable, but nothing too major. The pre-parties during EDC Week acted as such a great warm up, I do hope that next year we get a couple nightclub hardstyle shows in addition to the Basscon Pool Party... but I'm just being greedy. I'm very happy I went this year, and so happy I got to spend it with such beautiful souls.

EDC Headliners  - Photo Credit: Insomniac Events

EDC Headliners - Photo Credit: Insomniac Events

One more thing that I feel needs to be said… I’ve attended 5 EDCs in LA, and 8 in Las Vegas. I loved EDC when it was in LA, loved attending my favorite rave/festival in my backyard (25 minutes with minimal traffic) but it’s more from the nostalgia and all the good memories I made there than anything. The pool parties leading up to EDC and the EDC pre-parties are a good precursor for the festival itself. Las Vegas is a party town, and there's so much to do if you arrive earlier or stay after the festival. Be it gambling, watching a Cirque show, buffets, etc... I prefer it stays in Las Vegas. Also, moving it up a month to May was an EXCELLENT decision as the weather was so much better. I didn’t camp this year, but I'm sure the May weather fared much better for all the campers as well.

Camp EDC  - Photo Credit: Insomniac Events

Camp EDC - Photo Credit: Insomniac Events

One thing I will change, is that I will arrive to the speedway WAAAAY earlier, and continue to just go with the flow. Exploring new artists assuming there are no set conflicts.

See y’all next year!!


Who was your favorite set this year? Did you join Camp EDC? Let me know how your experience was in the comments section below!

Header photo source: Insomniac Events

EDC Orlando - 2017 Experience

This was my third year attending EDC Orlando, and I can say it has only improved from the first time I attended. The production, stages, and vibes in general were amazing! Our group arrived with eight people, four of whom had never attended a music festival before. I am happy they were able to have this first experience at EDC Orlando, and they loved every minute of it. Getting ready and attending an event is always the most fun when you’re surrounded by family and the people you love the most.

Photo Credit: Insomniac Events

Photo Credit: Insomniac Events

The only thing that killed our mood a bit were the lines to get in... There needs to be a much better system in place. We were waiting in line up to an hour and a half each day. I know it has to do with how the venue is built, but having an additional entrance would help to alleviate this issue. Also, it is not held in the nicest part of town. We had a scary situation walking to get an Uber. Insomniac should add security outside of the event as a safety precaution for all Headliners.

The diversity in music was great (but still no Hardstyle, grrr), from grooving at Jamie Jones presents Paradise, to rail breaking with Snails, and headbanging to Excision, our music experience was great. Even the shows they put on in between sets kept us more than entertained. 

Photo Credit: Insomniac Events

Photo Credit: Insomniac Events

My favorite set was definitely Green Velvet. Snails as always, was epic and so much fun to ride the rail to! We closed the night with Armin Van Buuren for day two. Although Trance isn’t really my thing, I have began to warm up to it as we watched him close. The fact that he played some Hardstyle made me happy.

Yet again, I did not go on any rides. As always, I got caught in the moment running from stage to stage, and making pit stops for misc. snacks, turkey legs, and the delicious arepas. They had ferris wheels, giant spinning swings and a zipline over the lake all of which looked like a lot of fun... Maybe next time.

Photo Credit: Insomniac Events

Photo Credit: Insomniac Events

Photo Credit: Insomniac Events

Photo Credit: Insomniac Events

Thankfully there weren’t many set conflicts, and even though we got in pretty late each day we made the most of it and saw 80% of the sets we wanted to see. I know I am a little biased, but I do wish Insomniac would start booking a couple Hardstyle DJ's for EDC Orlando. Even only if it is one or two DJ's. While Hardstyle is blowing up on the West Coast, it is seriously lacking on the East Coast. My fellow ravers shouldn't need to travel all the way to Cali to hear the music they love... Speaking of traveling for festivals, I attained the festival passport which included EDC Orlando. I didn’t have to worry about tickets selling out which took a lot of stress away knowing my wristband was waiting for me at the event. Festival Passport attendees were able to use the VIP will call line so my friends and family didn’t have to wait long for me to get my wristband... Side note, I LOVED this year’s wristband, so colorful, bright, and it glowed in the dark! 

The vibes... They are very different on the East Coast vs. West Coast. While people still dress up in interesting costumes and wear beautiful rave outfits, I didn’t see half as many kandi kids at EDCO as I have at events in Cali or EDC Las Vegas. I still felt the PLUR in the crowd and made a few new friends as well as reuniting with old ones. I love how we can go to different festivals and always run into people we know, or easily make new friends. All in all, I will continue to attend EDC Orlando again next year. It has not disappointed me in my 3 years attending.

Photo Credit: Insomniac Events

Photo Credit: Insomniac Events

If you do get the opportunity to attend EDC Orlando, my recommendation is to add this festival to your bucket list!


What do you feel was perfect or could use some improvement for the upcoming years?

Header photo source: Insomniac Events

Electric Forest - The Experience

This year, I attended my very first Electric Forest and it was nothing short from amazing.  I was there for weekend 2, due lineup preference and the ForeverFAMM’s attendance. Compared to any other festival I’ve been to, Electric Forest sets itself apart by far.  Between the people, the decor, and the vibes, it was truly unforgettable.

Photo Credit - Electric Forest : Entering the Forest.

Photo Credit - Electric Forest: Entering the Forest.

I worked as a volunteer this year, so I saw the festival from two different perspectives.  While I was working my shifts, I had several people come up to me and offer me food and water.  Some were other volunteers or had volunteered in the past. They told me “we have to look out for each other” then gave me cold water and fruit.  Others were just attendees looking out for one another and that is something all of us need to learn from. If we can spread this kind of love and positivity outside of the festival, it will bring us closer together and make the world a much better place to live in.

ForeverFAMM  -  When you see a nice rave booty   "Damn, guys... Dat ass tho!"

ForeverFAMM - When you see a nice rave booty "Damn, guys... Dat ass tho!"

The people of the forest were some of the most interesting people I have ever met.  So diverse, and each person was even more unique than the last. I met one girl who traveled to China to take pictures of pandas in the wild, and one man had spent his entire life just traveling the world.

I met a lovely group of girls on Sunday night that went around hugging everyone they saw.  "We just want everyone to be as happy as we are to be here."

Photo Credit - Electric Forest:  Sometimes a hug is all we need.

Photo Credit - Electric Forest: Sometimes a hug is all we need.

On top of everything, EForest had an unbelievable lineup this year and each of the 7 unique stages gave off their own vibes.  Whether you were sitting in the back at The Ranch, getting funky at the Jubilee Stage, or getting weird at Tripolee.  EForest had it all.  Located within the heart of the forest, The Forest Stage and the Observatory, were visually stunning in every way.  There was something at EForest for everyone, so if you have never been, bump this festival to the top of your bucket list and make it a point to experience it for yourself.

I woke up to the view of a Hot Air Balloon Today.

I woke up to the view of a Hot Air Balloon Today.

I'm a big fan of space bass, so I wasn't going to miss Space Jesus for anything.  He warped our minds and left us feeling spacey as always.  Thursday night after getting lost in the woods, I stumbled upon "The Russ Liquid Test".  If you are like me and have never heard of them before, do yourself a favor and check these guys out.  The lasers lured me in and the music held me captive until the end of the set.  They honestly had one of the best sets I've ever seen and I would love to see them again.  Very talented.  G Jones b2b Eprom fell nothing short of incredible.  They had one of my favorite sets of the weekend.  Jauz closed out Friday night going harder than ever.  I CANNOT wait to see what he puts together for Lost Lands this year.  Nobody ever believes me when I tell them Jauz goes hard!  They most definitely learned at Electric Forest.

The forest itself was something out of a fairy tale. 

Photo Credit - Electric Forest -  The Forest

Photo Credit - Electric Forest - The Forest

I had only seen pictures up until now, but they really don't do it any justice.  There was a "twerk off" in the wedding chapel, Silent Discos, and LED panels that projected images all night long.  All of the trees were lit up with different colored lights and there were lasers bouncing off of them in what seemed to be every direction.  They had huts and light up domes that you could sit in and vibe with the other festival goers. There was honestly so much to look at that I didn’t know what to look at first.  It’s something you have to see for yourself and I promise, you won’t regret it. I’ve never seen anything like it and at times, it was so spectacular that I had to pinch myself to make sure it was real.  I will 100% be back next year to get lost in the Electric Forest once again. I hope to see all of you there! For those of you who have yet to attend this one of a kind festival, I hope to get lost with you in the forest in 2019!  

Mother Nature has no chill...

As with all festivals there is always something that can be improved upon.... and Sunday was a little rough for a lot of us.  A storm came through and the festival made us all evacuate the grounds into the camping area.  About an hour later, they opened the gates to let us back in. However, a lot of us ended up waiting in line for 3 hours roughly and we missed the majority of the festival that day.  We were lucky enough to make it just in time for Bassnectar’s set, but did miss a lot of the DJ's we were looking forward to seeing. Attendees were not very happy about this (Myself included), but we have to remember that things do happen and the festival cannot control the weather.  They were simply trying to keep us safe. Maybe they could’ve been a little more prepared for such events, but hopefully they will have a stronger back up plan in the future.

See you next year!

See you next year!


Let me know how your experience was in the comments below!

Header photo source: Insomniac Events

LED OMFG! NYE 2018 - Phase I Lineup Announcement

So close, yet so far away. LED Presents has finally given us a sneak peak at what is to come for their annual NYE event in San Diego. With acts Dillion Francis, San Holo, Mr. Carmack, K?D, ARMNHMR, Graves, and Jinco to lure you in.

As many other NYE festivals have already released their full lineups, LED really needs to pull the Zebra out of the bag sooner rather than later, as attendees are already deciding their plans for NYE. If you are holding off until you can see the full lineup, LED will be releasing their Phase II Lineup on October 30th.

OMFG! NYE will be held at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, on December 30th-31st.


OMFG! NYE 2018 | Phase I Lineup

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Header photo source: LED Presents

Countdown NYE 2017 - Full Lineup Released!

The time is fast approaching to countdown for the new year, and if Deadmau5 and Porter Robinson weren't enough to convince you to attend Countdown NYE, then the stacked lineup below should do the trick. Sets from Borgore, Flux Pavilion, Shiba San, Zeds Dead B2B Jauz, and Datsik should lead you out of 2017 with NO RAGRETS!

Countdown NYE will be held in San Bernardino at the NOS Events Center, December 30th-31st 2017!


COUNTDOWN NEW YEAR'S EVE 2017 | LINEUP

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Check out our last year's Countdown NYE Experience!


Header photo source: Insomniac Events

The Lost Lands Music Festival Experience

Let me start by saying that I did not know what to expect when I decided to go to Lost Lands. A dubstep festival hosted by the legendary DJ Excision. In Ohio, and dinosaur themed??? Lets just say however high my hopes were, they were completely exceeded. From the realistic life size dinosaurs that were made just for this festival (the Velociraptors made sounds!), to the $2 waters (say whaaaaat!?), to Excision asking if we had any complaints or had anything we needed help with and actually responding. He found solutions to the problems and helped his attendees in real time, I was thoroughly impressed with Lost Lands.

Lost Lands - Photo Credit: OHDAGYO Photography

Lost Lands - Photo Credit: OHDAGYO Photography

When we arrived, there were a few different stations for car searches, we waited maybe 30 minutes max. The search was quick and the staff was super nice and helpful. They let us know where we needed to go to wait for the rest of our group to camp together. There were some complaints of search staff being rude and hostile, although thankfully my friends and I didn’t experience any of that. I read on the Excision's Headbangers Facebook page, that he fired 13 people that he received complaints about from the early campers on Thursday. Super awesome how he listened to his attendees and made sure everything was fixed and continued to run smoothly.

The camping area was massive, although the individual spaces received (per car) seemed smaller than expected. It was big enough for three of us to comfortably camp, but I don’t know how we would have made it work if we had 6 people in our group, which was the max per pass... There were two stages, Cave of Souls and The Prehistoric Paradox stage. I was super happy that there was absolutely no sound bleeding, and the DJs at both stages were equally awesome. My personal favorites were Sullivan King at the Cave of Souls, Snails and Cookie Monsta at main stage.

Snails #VomitSquad

Snails #VomitSquad

The vibes were awesome, everyone was nice and helpful, just genuinely enjoying themselves. I spent most of Saturday at the alley rail at main stage. There is NOTHING like being at the rail at a dubstep show. So much energy, so many smiles and people that are diehards for whatever DJ is playing… Saturday was my favorite day, although I had just as much fun every single day of the festival.

Video Credit: Sam Hunter

We were in the middle of watching Destroid when I noticed one of the volcanos caught fire while the other didn’t. I realized it wasn’t part of the show at about the same time others around me realized it too. The show was stopped and attendees on the left side facing the stage were asked to step back 20 paces. Everything was handled very quick and efficiently, and the show continued about 30 minutes later. The volcano's were no longer used for the rest of the night which wasn’t a biggie because the visuals on screen and lasers were amazing!

Ohio Event Staff had to reinforce the rails in the alley on Saturday because they were being lifted during Snails set. Vomit Squad goes hard!!! It was handled quickly, although they had to come back a few times and ended up asking us to not hold onto the rails anymore because it was still lifting with all the reinforcements in place. One thing I was not prepared for at all was the cold. During the day it was perfectly warm, lots of sunshine, no humidity nor rain. The perfect summer festival weather. At night it was about 40 degrees. Thank goodness we had lots of blankets, and I had my personal space heater/boyfriend extraordinaire (Thanks Roo!). It was so cold that we had to come back from the festival to our campsite to change into warmer clothes, aka two pairs of leggings, my boyfriend’s sweats, two long sleeve shirts and two hoodies. I was still quite cold with all those layers but after raging and having some drinks we were fine.

AndROO  and  Me !

AndROO and Me!

My only issue was with the showers. Shower times were from 12 noon to 6pm. I usually like showering early in the morning or late at night but it wasn’t possible which sucked. There were some problems with the showers on Saturday which were shut down before we arrived. We had to use baby wipes which was not cool at all, but we survived lol. The showers on Sunday were hot and the water pressure was perfect, although we waited two hours to get in, it was still worth it.

Overall, we had an AMAZING time at Lost Land Music Festival. This is a festival that I will not miss. The vibes reminded me of TomorrowWorld and Electric Forest. The attention to details and the overall quality of sound and epic lineup has definitely set Lost Lands apart from other festivals in the US, and I am so happy I attended the very first one. See y’all at Lost Lands 2018!

Lost Lands - Photo Credit: RUKES

Lost Lands - Photo Credit: RUKES


Let us know how your experience was in the comments below!


Header photo source: RUKES

Meet Brett Fabina - The Legend Behind The Lost Lands "ASS Eating" Contest

From the volcanic pyro-technics that left the stage a blaze, to the viral "Ass Eating Contest", Lost Lands is easily going down as the festival to remember, and for many of us, the festival we wished we attended in 2017.

After posting many of the viral videos and photos from the Ass Eating Contest, many comments via social media spoke out to us in defense about how positive and amazing Brett and his crew really were. We thought it would be best to let Brett Fabina tell us what really happened at Lost Lands.

The internet is calling your camps event, the Lost Lands "Ass Eating" Contest. What really went down, and how did this come about?

Everything was pre-planned, but Booty Sundae's was something I came up with as a joke. It wasn't something where people were actually licking each others asses. Although there was one guy who seemed to get in there. We only did it for laughs. It was something that wasn't sexual, and even I was on the table at one point too. We just had fun, did weird shit, and thought licking whipped cream off each others cheeks would be funny.

Brett partaking in his Booty Sundae.

Brett partaking in his Booty Sundae.

How long have you been hosting Booty Sundae's?

This was the first time I came up with the idea, but we are definitely going to do it again! Next time I'm going to make sure people don't dive in. I mean... dive in, but don't actually lick anyone's ass hole. We just wanted people to have fun and let loose.

Day 3 camping festival booty sounds pretty dangerous. Were these pre or post shower rave booty's?

(LAUGHS) - Yes, we all showered I can promise you that! We woke up early, everyone went and showered, and then we got started!

What was your initial reaction to all the memes, photos, and videos circulating? Admittedly, we posted them as well.

Honestly, I thought it was hilarious, but then it got blown way out of proportion. People thought it was way worse than it actually was. Personally, I don't really care what people think of me so it didn't actually bother me, but I didn't want my group to have any ill effects because the entire event was positive. Nothing was negative about it.

This was an interesting shot of Booty Sundae's. I'm on the table.  Jorge Hinojosa  (My videographer) has his camera in the bottom right. Then you have  Travis Barron  (Head of my media crew # CrystalLotus ) to the left wearing the hat and recording in 4K.  Zair   Hail  from my team on the megaphone.

This was an interesting shot of Booty Sundae's. I'm on the table. Jorge Hinojosa (My videographer) has his camera in the bottom right. Then you have Travis Barron (Head of my media crew #CrystalLotus) to the left wearing the hat and recording in 4K. Zair Hail from my team on the megaphone.

I even hired my own video crew which I am making an after movie on, for both the after party, and the fundraiser we held. We did so much more than Booty Sundae's, but that's what everyone focused on. It made me laugh, but in my mind I wished everyone knew what else we did because we did a lot of really great things.

Your camp provided many other activities. What was held and what were your main objectives for those who attended?

Our main objective was to provide a safe, judgmental free campsite for whoever wanted to use it, and that's exactly what we did. I personally bought 11 additional camping passes, and other members of my group bought a few extra as well. Unfortunately, due to one of the security guards we lost about half of the additional spaces we paid for. 

Photo Credit - Travis Barron ( Crystal Lotus Studios )

Photo Credit - Travis Barron (Crystal Lotus Studios)

I told everyone who stopped by to use the stuff we had, even if we weren't there. That's what it was there for. We had canopy's, chairs, games, extra tents, and a water station. I built a giant Jenga game with fun rules to do whatever the blocks said (take a shot, chug a beer, remove a piece of clothing...). We had giant Twister(15x19) with dicks and hearts called Cock Twister, beer pong tables, and a giant cuddle-puddle ball pit.

Cock Twister

Cock Twister

Ball Pit - Cuddle Puddle

Ball Pit - Cuddle Puddle

Nothing was mandatory or expected, we just had fun games for people to play if they wanted to. We even held a Super Soaker wet T-shirt contest that both men and women participated in.

Everyone has a different goal in mind when attending festivals, but we wanted everyone to have a blast and that's what it was all about. Why go to a festival if it's only for yourself?   

When is your next festival and will you be hosting another Booty Sundae's?

Absolutely! This is going to be at every festival I attend. As long as I am there, there will be Booty Sundae's. As far as my next event, we're going to Electric Forest, Lost Lands 2018, and if Tomorrow World comes back I will definitely be there. I'll also be at Holy Ship! in January. I might even try to pull off Booty Sundae's there as well.

What was the turnout to your after-parties, and was it as anticipated?

Honestly, I didn't know what to expect. We either thought it was going to go really well, or it would flop. We made a page online to promoted it so a lot of people knew about it, but it could have been bigger. It's definitely going to be much bigger next time!

A few DJ's even stopped by for a bit. Space Jesus, Downlinks brother Dusty came by and pretended to be Downlink which was hilarious(he drew a dick on my shirt). I heard BTSM and Figure stopped by, but I can't verify those two as I was sleeping.

Did you receive any feedback from those who participated with your camp activities? 

Yes. Everyone who came up to me, thanked us, and said they felt safe and welcome, and said the vibe was unlike anything they had ever seen. Even till today, I am still receiving messages thanking me and wanting to come again next time. We have received so much support. I heard about one noise complaint situation which I didn't like how it was handled, but it wasn't from anyone from our camp. It was unfortunate, but not everyone can be a phenomenal human being at all times. For the most part no one got out of line, and certainly no one officially in our crew.

One thing I was very strict on was respect. #1 respecting the women, especially with Booty Sundae's, I didn't want anyone to feel disrespected, pressured, or uncomfortable. I wanted everyone to be completely safe, and I didn't want anyone stopping by to feel disrespected. It was supposed to be for fun, and all love.

According to your post on the Lost Lands Facebook page, your camp was able to raise $2,255 for Hurricane relief. Was this in conjunction with Booty Sundae's and how was the fundraiser organized?

No. Booty Sundae's had nothing to do with the fundraiser, we did it on a totally different day. That was just us messing around and having fun.

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For the first two days of the festival we worked towards the fundraiser. We woke up at around 7:30am cooked, served, and cleaned up until 2pm. We worked, but it was fun. The fundraiser was our main purpose. Charlie Bales and Elliot Myers were the two who actually came up with the idea for the fundraiser. As I was coming up with all these ideas to throw this party, they called me up one night and asked how I felt about doing a fundraiser for Hurricane relief because Irma had just hit. I loved the idea, and we instantly started looking at charities. My friend Susan Quick was the one who connected us with Feeding Florida. As of today we have raised $2,300. Charlie and Clair Koellhoffer were my #1's as they cooked and helped me run everything!

Fundraiser: Chef -   Clair Koellhoffer

Fundraiser: Chef - Clair Koellhoffer

Fundraiser: Chef -    Charlie Bales

Fundraiser: Chef - Charlie Bales

Donor signitures for  Feeding Florida

Donor signitures for Feeding Florida

What was your takeaway from the first Lost Lands, and how do you feel it compares to other camping festivals you have attended?

I think every festival is unique in its own way, but this one was special. When I walked in on Friday, my mind was blown. I knew it was going to be amazing because Excision always goes above and beyond, and always outdoes himself. Sure, you have festivals like EDC and Tomorrow World where their stages are the size of a football fields and the production is amazing with all the fireworks which is always bigger and better, but as far as lights and visuals, I've never seen anything like Lost Lands. It was incredible.

A group photo of most of our group in front of the Paradox stage.

A group photo of most of our group in front of the Paradox stage.

What made it even better, was that Jeff really cares about the people and you can see it directly. We have all experienced some issues with security who at times can be dicks, but Jeff actually did something about it. I heard he fired several security guards due to how poorly they treated some of the attendees. The fact that he went out of his way to make sure everyone was safe and comfortable was wonderful. On Sunday night he came out and told everyone to make sure that they clean up after themselves, and to make sure nothing was left behind.

When was your first music festival and when did you first fall in love with dance music?  

I fell in love with dance music when I was a child. I was 12 years old listening to Benny Benassi and Basshunter. I loved it. I didn't have a computer yet or anything so I wasn't open to much, but as soon as I was 14, I remember playing Need for Speed Hot Pursuit and hearing a Skrillex remix of Cinema and I just started looking up more music. I eventually found Excision and thought it was great! My first show ever was an Excision show, which I think back then was only like 50,000 watts at the time. This was before the Paradox and before Executioner when he only had a small X on the stage that he DJ'd behind. It wasn't near what it is now, but it was crazy, and I loved it. I think that's why Lost Lands meant so much to me.

My first festival ever was in 2012 called Starscape in Baltimore. It was only a one day festival till the morning where I saw Zedd before he blew up with Clarity, along with Dadalife.

What DJ(s) would you want to see at Lost Lands 2018?

Honestly, I loved the lineup this year. Those were some of my favorite artists. The return of Ganja would be great, and I know Jauz isn't incredibly heavy but I would still love to see Jauz at LL18!


Bring good vibes and come say hello if you see their flag waving at your next festival!

Photo Credit - Travis Barron ( Crystal Lotus Studios )

Photo Credit - Travis Barron (Crystal Lotus Studios)

The dick  Downlinks  brother Dusty drew on my shirt... Thanks!

The dick Downlinks brother Dusty drew on my shirt... Thanks!

If you want to join the next party feel free to join their FB page the "Lost Lands/EForest Family ORGY Festival Afterparty". We wanted a name that sounded rediculous, it's not an actual orgy ;) Only positive vibes are welcome!

Event Photographers: Travis BarronJorge Hinojosa, Jeffery Von Fox, and Alan Joseph.


Kaskade Sun Soaked - Review

With Summer in full-force, what would be better than spending the day at the beach on a Saturday afternoon in July in Southern California? Add Kaskade into that mix and you have the perfect Summer event. With everyone waiting for a follow up to last year’s incredible show at the LA Convention center, tickets sold out within one minute of being on sale (both during pre-sale and general). I unfortunately missed the memo about there being a pre-sale since it was a few days after I had come back from EDC. However, I was lucky enough to get the final tier in pricing two days later. Although final tier pricing came in at $91 including service fees and taxes, I was still excited to see what Kaskade had to bring to the table this year.

The venue was one that I was unfamiliar with at Alamitos Beach. I was unsure as to what to expect since I had never previously attended any event at the beach. However, I turned to the website and other friends that have attended similar shows and I was excited to learn that the venue would be taking place on the sand, so sandals, beach attire, towels, and sunblock were absolutely necessary. With support from Bynon, Lipless, Ravell, SNBRN, and Gryffin this was sure to be an event to remember.     

My group and I arrived around 3:30 PM and with no surprise, the line was already a mile long. Despite the long line, it actually moved fairly quickly and we made our entry into the venue with ease. Kaskade’s openers got the crowd pumped as everyone eagerly awaited the start of Kaskade’s 3 hour set (which ran 6-9 PM). However, the daytime proved to be rather brutal since the venue had virtually no shade except small tents with a handful misters for attendees to cool down. Issues from the LA Convention Center also showed up at this event, which was the fact that were was one singular bar stand and a line that never moved for those 21 and older to get alcoholic beverages. One of the only benefits of VIP that I could speculate was a faster moving bar line. Though that line looked long as well, however, not as disorganized and hectic. I felt as if I was reliving the beer garden line at the convention center again.

Finally, the time had finally come for Kaskade to perform. I was taken back by the various classic songs he was playing throughout the duration of his set. Most notably for my group and I was “4 AM” which was one of the first songs that initially got me into the EDM. Kaskade also brought some of his more recent music to the table as well, such as songs from his “Automatic” album. This served as the perfect mix of bringing me back in time to early Kaskade, to more modern Kaskade. As our evening came to a close, we were left in awe from his magical set. However, we were exhausted and ready to head home.  

Although many of these shows are one time events, I definitely feel that more attention to planning and detail could have gone into it. The bar situation is never one that seems to be organized, not at least in my past two experiences. At the LA Convention Center there was one line for the beer garden that was out of control and over a "mile" long. Some attendees reported waiting over 2 hours and in the end not getting into the beer garden at all. Last year should have had an open beer garden, and this year’s event should have had multiple bar stations. Luckily, water and food was easy to access. Though shade was not as issue at Kaskade LA, it certainly was at Alamitos Beach. If there were to be another repeat of a beach event, more options to get away from the sun would be essential. Despite these inconveniences, I still had a great time at my first beach event, and would love to see the return of this same concept in the future.


Were you at this legendary Summer event? Let me know in the comments below!


Nocturnal Wonderland - 2017 Review

Nocturnal over the past few years has seen many changes. From moving locations (NOS Event Center to the San Manuel Amphitheater), to adding a third day. This specific festival has always held a special place in my heart (attending my first in 2012) and it essentially marks the beginning of my festival lifestyle. Being my 6th Nocturnal Wonderland in attendance this year, I have seen how the festival has evolved over time. Though in the past few years Nocturnal has been a 3-day affair with big name artists, Pasquale decided that this year would be a smaller, more intimate 2-day festival designed for headliners to discover new music.

DAY ONE

Upon entering the festival, I felt that I was going into an entirely new world (musically that is) as I had not heard of many names that were on the lineup aside from Dillon Francis, GTA, Snails, DJ Mustard, Just A Gent, and Will Clarke. Most of my weekend was in fact spent jumping from stage to stage and traveling to wherever the music guided my ears. My group and I arrived around 7pm on the first day and were excited to begin wandering through wonderland. We found ourselves at the Sunken Garden, one of my favorite stages of the weekend, right in time to catch LO’99.

SUNKEN GARDEN: Photo Credit - Insomniac Events

SUNKEN GARDEN: Photo Credit - Insomniac Events

Sunken Garden was located in an incredibly intimate area of the venue. Located in the furthest corner from the main stage, the funky beats of this stage had me dancing my heart out. The music from Sunken Garden was definitely my style, and I found tons of new artists that I have been listening to on the daily. The design of the stage was also made into what seemed like a tower, surrounded by colorful trees full of life and light. As the night carried on further we journeyed to the different stages and explored the venue.

We eventually ended up at the main stage to see one of my favorite DJs, Dillon Francis. At one point during his set however, his laptop began to malfunction and he was unsure if he was going to be able to finish his set. Thankfully, his laptop made a come-back and an unexpected special guest made an appearance on stage, DJ Snake! With night one concluded and off to a great start, I was more than ready for day 2 of Nocturnal to begin.

DAY TWO

With a wonderful experience already in hand, we promptly made our way to the second day of Nocturnal Wonderland, as we arrived fairly late on the first night (resulting in parking about a mile away), we found parking much closer to the venue this time around. Now, as I’ve stated in previous reviews, I am quite the trance head. Lately however, I’ve been drawn into the Bassrush side of Insomniac. When I first started attending festivals regularly back in 2012, my music taste was much different, as I was into dubstep. The second day of Nocturnal definitely brought back that inner bass head in me as we enjoyed a set from Spock. Again, another artist I had not previously been familiar with, but was getting down to nonetheless.

Despite all the fun I had at the main stage to set the mood for the evening, I could not miss Sacha Robotti’s set. Sunken Garden was hosted by "This Ain’t Bristol” on day two, which was also the day I frankly found myself torn between going back to the main stage, or staying there the rest of the night. However, my adventure at Nocturnal was to be purely based on discovering new music to listen to. We bounced around from the Labyrinth, Temple Noctem, and back to the Wolves Den.

TEMPLE NOCTEM: Photo Credit - Insomniac Events

TEMPLE NOCTEM: Photo Credit - Insomniac Events

One of the sets that I was looking forward to the most was from Valentino Khan, who took over the crowd and made night two memorable for me as all my friends danced together to his music. We finished off the night with Zomboy and Excision, which let me say, probably broke my neck. I’m not really a head banger, but I guess my inner bass head made its appearance during those two sets. (Could this be my true form? Nah). Needless to say, I was sore for the rest of the week.

Before leaving the magical world of Nocturnal, we made one final stop at the campgrounds. Though we did not camp, we checked out the silent disco and it was an amazing area where headliners were given their own personal headphones to listen to the music that the DJ was playing live. Relaxing here for an hour or so after the event was the perfect cap to our weekend.

SILENT DISCO: Photo Credit - Insomniac Events

SILENT DISCO: Photo Credit - Insomniac Events

MY TAKEAWAY

With an amazing weekend now behind me and various memories for me to hold, I could say that the more intimate nature of this year’s Nocturnal Wonderland was a success. I enjoyed and truly value the new music I have discovered. The 2-day structure also brought me back to my roots to my first Nocturnal many years ago, and the music that originally brought me into the rave culture made it all the more special. The stages did not have a large and intricate mega structure as it has had in previous years (i.e., Zen Owl featured in 2014) and this is a change that I have been noticing in more and more local Insomniac festivals. Beyond Wonderland also did not have the Caterpillar stage, and even moved its location to the NOS Center.

Of course, there’s the ugly side to these events. While I LOVE attending these festivals, there are just some things that are unfortunately always complicated. We were fortunate enough to have our friend drive us to the event on the first day, however, finding our way back was more difficult. The Uber situation could be worse I guess, but it still lacks organization when everyone is just trying to go home or back to their hotel. The singular free water refill station also seems to be an ongoing issue at many festivals as well. Luckily this festival wasn’t hot, in fact it was pretty cold, but after many hours of dancing, dehydration is always an issue and headliners need easier access to water. Finally, the restrooms...I really have no idea what goes on in there, just YIKES!

Despite these factors, which are generally the usual ones for everyone, my Nocturnal experience was nothing short of amazing this year. I definitely support Pasquale in his decision to make this a smaller and more intimate festival overall. Hands down, the best Nocturnal I’ve had in years.


What did you think of Nocturnal becoming a smaller festival? Yay or nay? What new artists did YOU discover?


Dreamstate San Francisco - 2017 Review

TRANCE: A genre of music that speaks directly through the heart connecting millions of people throughout the world. 

Not quite the actual definition of Trance... but it still holds true. Having already attended three Dreamstate events prior, I knew I was in for an incredible 2-day experience at one of Insomniac’s most anticipated events of the year. If that wasn’t exciting enough, it was my first time traveling to NorCal. Despite the commute from Los Angeles, we were more than ready to be in A State of Trance upon arrival.


DAY ONE


As the doors for day one opened, exhilaration filled our hearts when we heard that trance beat as we entered. Day one brought artists such as Ruben De Ronde, Menno De Jong, Ben Nicky, PureNRG (Solarstone & Giuseppe Ottaviani), Liquid Ace (Liquid Soul & Ace Ventura), Paul Oakenfold who presented his Generations set, Markus Schulz, and Paul Van Dyk. The beauty of trance is that there are a variety of sub-styles that diversify the sound, my personal favorite being psytrance. In comparison to Dreamstate SoCal, this one was much smaller in scale as there was only one stage.  However, I found this to be a positive aspect since I did not want to miss anyone throughout the weekend.

It is difficult to say which DJ truly took the first night for me since I am such a big fan of all of the artists on the lineup, but I would have to give my top three sets of the evening to Ben Nicky, Liquid Ace, and Markus Schulz. Ben Nicky started off our night with an energetic set that had us dancing till we dropped. Another great aspect I found the Bill Graham Auditorium to have was it’s seating on the upper level of the venue which had a crystal clear aerial view of the stage. As we caught our breath and took a water break after Ben Nicky’s set, we enjoyed Liquid Ace from the comfort of the terrace. When Markus Schulz took the stage we headed back down to dance to his set, and to end our night with none other than Paul Van Dyk.


DAY TWO


Still astonished from the first night, we ventured into the second day of the event. Although I was bummed that the weekend had been going by so quickly, I was determined to make the best of my final evening. Night two brought another incredible line-up for all the dreamers, including: Binary Finary, Fleming & Laurence, Bryan Kearney, Vini Vici, Astrix, John O’Callaghan, Ferry Corsten’s producer set, and Gareth Emery. Night two was my favorite evening of Dreamstate as the music catered most to my style! I was very impressed with Bryan Kearney’s set, as this was my second time seeing him since the first launch of Dreamstate back in 2015 in Southern California. However, the DJ that I was most looking forward to see, was psytrance legend, Vini Vici. I was completely blown away when I heard one of my favorite songs, “Colors”, come on.

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With the night only about half-way through, we were still anticipating amazing sets from Astrix and John O’Callaghan who more than delivered! They both brought one of the most heart-pounding and dynamic sets I have heard in a long time. Ferry Corsten’s producer set was also very impressive as it introduced some sounds that I had not yet heard. Lastly, our night came to an end with Gareth Emery, who had a set that was varying in energy, from soothing trance beats, to 180 BPM. Gareth kept us on our toes and made for an interesting finish to our Dreamstate experience.  


MY TAKEAWAY


Compared to the three previous Dreamstate events I have previously attended, this one was unique in its own way. I enjoyed the set up with one stage because it avoided all set-time conflicts. The seating upstairs was great when we needed some down time to re-hydrate and relax, while still being able to enjoy the music. The venue was very large with ample space, and one small but defining detail for me was that there was a coat check! Something I find useful for every indoor event, especially during the colder months.

Being the trance-head that I am, this line-up (and every Dreamstate line up) was a DREAM! For as long as Insomniac continues to produce this event, I will continue to attend. I just hope Insomniac continues to host all Trance stages at their other festivals like Nocturnal, Escape, Beyond, and EDC Las Vegas. I have been attending Dreamstate since the first time it came to Southern California in November of 2015 and I have seen significant growth in its production. Having evolved from a one stage event at the NOS Events Center, and expanding into a four stage festival in 2016. I for one am very excited to see more Dreamstate events in Los Angeles, and I can’t wait to attend Dreamstate SoCal November 24th & 25th when it returns to the Nos Events Center.


EDC Las Vegas - The 2017 Experience

The Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas is an event that many ravers spend months upon months preparing, planning, and saving up for. Being the most anticipated event of the year, we carefully plan our creative and colorful costumes for each day of the weekend. We reserve our hotels and purchase our tickets 6 months in advance, and patiently wait until we can return to what many call “Home”. My initial visit was back in June, 2013 when the “Blue Owl” stage was initially introduced to kineticFIELD. Over the years, I have seen significant changes in stage development, increases in ticket sales, inconveniences, improvements, and plenty of instances that have left me baffled. This year marked my 5th year attending the Electric Daisy Carnival.

PAST EDC EXPERIENCES

When I attended my first EDC Las Vegas I had been dreaming of overlooking the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for years. Although, I had been to a handful of events such as Nocturnal and Escape from Wonderland, HARD Summer, HARD Day of the Dead, Crush, and Beyond Wonderland, I still considered myself a rookie. My first EDC was more intense than I expected it to be, especially being that it’s from dusk till dawn every day of the festival. I was lucky to have been with more experienced ravers that had previously attended EDC to show me the ropes.

Needless to say, when I finally arrived to the speedway I was amazed. It was one the most beautiful sights I had seen in my life. kineticFIELD brought on the theme of the large blue owl which opened and closed it’s wings at the beginning and ending of every DJ’s set. neonGARDEN was not the large pyramid structure that we have seen over the past three years, and circuitGROUNDS was still a covered mega-structure.

That first year, I decided to try out the shuttle system. While everything was impeccable, this was one aspect I did not enjoy. The shuttles were completely unorganized, and the headliners had to wait over two hours in the Las Vegas heat to get on their shuttle. By the third day, we did not even bother with the shuttles anymore and decided to drive. The traffic was seemingly a breeze which made me question why I had even purchased the shuttle pass in the first place. I believe with the increase in popularity to attend EDC, every year the traffic has continued to get worse. As my first year in attendance came to a close, I was exhausted but ready for more.

As the years went on and I gained more experience raving, EDC (and Insomniac in general) changed in monumental ways. The stages got more creative, with the arrival of 2014’s Kinetic Cathedral, 2015’s Crystal Village, 2016‘s Kinetic Temple, and this year’s Gaia theme! Returning in 2017 as a more experienced raver with 6 years of events under my belt, I started this year’s adventure wondering what this year will have in store for me?


DAY ONE


Let me start off by saying that making the trek out to Vegas was a mission. Not only did I have a final exam the morning of day one, but I also had to catch a flight from LAX to LAS, which I MISSED! After a tedious hour on standby, I boarded the following flight and was on my way. I arrived to Vegas at around 7pm. I opted to give the Shuttles another try as I had seen that the organization had improved with each passing year. One thing I did not take into account, was the time that I was heading out to the festival (it was about 7:30pm). It took approximately 3 hours to reach the festival. Yet again, the shuttles were an absolute mess. They were extremely over sold, and there were so many ravers boarding the shuttles that did not have a pass. The lines alone made for an exhausting 2 and a 1/2 hour wait in line. Despite my experience with the shuttles, I was determined to have an amazing first night.

The Parliament Art Car : Photo Credit - Insomniac Events

The Parliament Art Car: Photo Credit - Insomniac Events

My evening started off exploring the various artCARS that were roaming the venue. Each colorful and unique in their own way. After familiarizing myself with the map and locations of stages, free water stations, and vendor areas, I made way to kineticFIELD to enjoy sets from Martin Garrix, Armin Van Buuren, and caught a part of Hardwell's set before switching gears and going to my favorite stage, quantumVALLEY hosted by Dreamstate. I especially enjoyed sets from Freedom Fighters and Sean Tyas.

Video taken by another Headliner

The first night of my story does not simply end with a fabulous evening of enjoying my favorite music. This is going to one of the various conundrums that I saw while exploring the venue, but let me start off by saying: Vegas, you are WILD! I know everyone is out here to have a good time, but we all definitely need to know our limits. When you see a raver walking around butt naked, hissing at workers, dancing on top of port-o-potties and diving into the concrete as if they were about to go into a pool, you know you’ve seen it all. In all my years of attending EDC Las Vegas, I have never seen so many headliners walking around butt naked. Who knows... maybe they just wanted to feel the breeze? While everything is all in good and fun, keep in mind that these type of actions will get you kicked out of the festival or worse, so please party safe!


DAY TWO


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With night one in the books, I was more than ready to start day two and arrive WAY earlier than I did the previous day. Night two of EDC in my experience always goes the hardest and most of my favorite DJ's are usually playing. I decided to not take the shuttle on the way there, and it turned out to be the best decision I could have made. There was news of shuttles being shut down for over an hour without any leaving to venue. With an ever increasing line, it turned out to be a mad-house. As a result of leaving early with my friends in their car, we arrived within 24 minutes of leaving strip. It definitely seems to have been a complicated year for the shuttles as the organization seems to have backtracked from recent years.

We made it to the venue just after the doors had opened, and were off to a positive start. I also had the pleasure of enjoying my friends wedding ceremony at the venue. I had always heard of ravers getting married, but had never had any people I knew actually plan their wedding there. It was a beautiful ceremony full of lights, love, and just the right twist of EDC fun and uniqueness. As I moved forward with my night, my group and I headed over to watch Laidback Luke and KYGO’s set at kineticFIELD. Leaving in the middle of KYGO's set I made my way over to circuitGROUNDS to see Duke Dumont, Alesso, and Above and Beyond. I was torn that Above and Beyond was at the exact same time as Dillon Francis, so I made time toward the end to catch part of his set. We took the time to re-group and decided to call it a night early (around 4am) since we were all so traumatized by the traffic and shuttle situation from the previous day. Many ravers said that they waited over an hour to board the shuttle, and another 45 minutes to arrive to their hotels. Others had to deal with the treacherous journey of leaving the EDC parking lot. Though I heard many left around 4:30am, they were still caught in bumper to bumper traffic until 7am. So what really is the proper way to go? Shuttle? or Car? And when is the best time to leave the venue without missing out on your favorite closing sets? This is one issue that Insomniac needs to improve.


DAY THREE


All good things must come to an end. As the final day of the festival came, there were many mixed emotions. Many ravers were tired, some even decided to sell the final day passes since they had to work Monday or just couldn't handle the intensity of a three day festival. Then, there were the warriors that decided to end the weekend with a bang, going harder than ever! My rave family and I once again left early to festival, arriving without any major traffic issues to delay our entrance. We had an interesting time watching the downfall of DJ Khaled as he was getting boo’d off stage (Honestly, I’m not even sure why we were even there).

Video taken by another Headliner

We then spent a fair portion of our evening at the neonGARDEN, getting down the artists such as Dense and Pika, and Alan Fitzpatrick, and the legendary Adam Beyer.

My friends also knew a little secret, and that was that Kaskade would be playing a sunrise set at the Kalliope artCAR. Despite having to do A LOT of walking to even find where Kaskade was playing in the venue. We ended up finding his set and enjoyed it for about 45 minutes before heading off to see Vini Vici, who I was most excited to see. He has has quickly become one of the top DJ's on my list. This was hands down my favorite set of the entire weekend. Though my friends and I were exhausted, Vini Vici brought us back to life in that final hour, and we danced harder than we ever did.


THE TAKEAWAY


EDC has changed in so many ways over the past 5 years. I found this year was odd only in the sense that it did not sell out. Something I have not seen happen in years. I am not sure if Insomniac increased this year’s capacity, or perhaps the festival has simply gotten too expensive. In 2013 I remember there was a special ticketing price for headliners who purchased as early as November. Tier 1 GA starting at $199 and tier 2 $259. Comparing to today’s whopping $436, it has gone up a couple hundred dollars in the past few years.

In my opinion, it is worth the money because the production is always incredible. However, I found that the “Premier Parking Pass” and “Shuttle Pass” prices are absolutely ridiculous for the benefits received. If headliners are paying $114 for transport to the venue and free loaders are mooching off the shuttle services because the workers are not checking passes, it is not worth the wait. I also heard from friends who had purchased premier parking that they still waited 2-3 hours to even get out of the parking lot. These are huge issues that Insomniac needs to resolve for the safety of it’s headliners, and efficiency. Thousands of ravers were stranded for hours in the parking lot/shuttle lines without access to water and in intense heat. It’s a problem that has been on going and seemingly getting worse each year.

Despite the downside of the awful parking and transportation situation, EDC always holds a special place in my heart. I am always excited to see what the next year has to bring and how it will continue to evolve, grow, and improve. Overall, this year was hands down the best EDC I have experienced since 2014. The production was beautiful, I was surrounded by amazing friends, and I had a great laugh from all of the crazy things we saw. With a genuine love for the music and this rave community, I can’t wait for EDC Las Vegas in 2018.

Photo via aLIVE Coverage - Insomniac

Photo via aLIVE Coverage - Insomniac


How many EDC’s have YOU been to and what are your opinions on this year’s production? Will you be attending next year? Let me know in the comments below!

Coachella - 2017 Review

Festival season is in full swing, and after not having been to Coachella since my initial visit in 2015, I had the pleasure of attending weekend two this year. This is the one festival where I tend to venture outside of my EDM comfort zone, and explore hip-hop, pop, and other various genres, discovering new artists and exploring different sounds.

The Calm Before the Storm

Being my second time camping at Coachella, leaving early on Thursday morning was an absolute must. (To see how I prepared for Coachella, Check out my previous post of Festival Essentials). Our early arrival ensured our campsite would be as close as possible to the festival, and other amenities such as the bathrooms, food, general store, and mobile showers. There was even a wonderful area called the Antarctic with incredible visuals to enjoy!

After making ourselves comfortable in our new home for the weekend, my group and I explored what the campgrounds had to offer. An activities tent with a large game of “4 In a Row” was available, a Vintage Shop full of Coachella fashion for the weekend, charging stations, a variety of food including one of my favorite breakfast items, the acai bowl, and a silent disco where we would party after hours. Our first day was spent at the campgrounds cooling off enjoying some cold beers, and good vibes all around. My favorite part about camping is meeting new people and partying with our campsite neighbor’s.

Day One

As day one of Coachella began, the sun was bright and it was a scorcher! Most of my day time was spent at the Do Lab, Mohave, and Yuma tent to avoid heat exhaustion. At the Do Lab I was able to catch an artist by the name of Barclay Crenshaw. I hadn’t previously listened to his music, but he took me on a trip with his unique style and sounds. As the day progressed I would not be missing out on any of the delicious Coachella food. I had been dreaming of the day I would be able to enjoy crab fries, since my last visit to Coachella. Needless to say, this was my first stop when it came to food inside of the festival.

Photo Credit:  Eric DeLeon

Photo Credit: Eric DeLeon

The sun began to set on the first day, and the evening took flight. The first night, in my opinion, had the most electronic dance music which was fit to my taste. I saw DJs such as Richie Hawtin and Steve Angello, however, I also managed to catch Radiohead and Travis Scott as well. The DJ I was the most excited to see was Dillon Francis, who played an incredible set to close out the night and was also the main highlight of my weekend.

Day Two

Our day came out to a slow start as we were exhausted from the previous night. Day two was hotter than the first, and with every hour the sun became more intense. We enjoyed the comfort of the air conditioning in the Yuma tent for a few hours while listening to the sounds of Chris Cruse and Honey Dijon. Our relaxed start allowed us more energy, and prevented us from overexertion.

As far as artists go, day two held the most diversity for me. I enjoyed artists that I normally do not listen to, such as Bon Iver, Future, Gucci Mane, Lady Gaga and Schoolboy Q. Future was the best part of my second day of Coachella, as I found a new appreciation and love for his music. Afterward, we went to the Mohave tent and watched Moderat perform, a group in which I had never previously heard of, but was dancing along their music with all my heart and soul. My night was filled with a variety of music genres that I do not normally listen, but I made room in my schedule to see Martin Garrix to get my dance music fix for the night, right before Gucci Mane came onto the stage at the Sahara tent. We concluded day two of Coachella with none other than Lady Gaga.

Day Three

Being completely honest, by day three, we were beat. It was our fourth day on the campgrounds, supplies were running low, and the heat continued to intensify. Sunday was the hottest day of the entire weekend. Although we were drained from the heat, my group and I were determined to make the best of our final day at Coachella. In my opinion, Sunday had the most fun lineup of the weekend. I was able to catch the final show of Madeon and Porter Robinson’s “Shelter” tour, Hans Zimmer, Sasha, Galantis, and Kendrick Lamar to close out the weekend. Sunday came and went much quicker than I expected, but I had the time of my life.

Things That Could Improve

Right of the bat, this year seemed a little more unorganized, compared to my previous Coachella experience. Despite the fact that we arrived in line by 5am, entrance into the campgrounds was a 3 hour long process to even get to our camping spot. Normally the campgrounds open at 9am on Thursday morning, however, due to the high volume of festival goers arriving so early, they opened the gates early to accommodate everyone. We came with five other cars and it took us over an hour to find each other in the waiting area. In previous year’s, right after security check we would immediately be set to the side so our group would not be too far behind. This time around was absolute madness. I hope they can re-implement this tactic to optimize the flow of entry.

Needless to say... the restrooms were a disaster. Music festivals aren’t exactly the place where I expect to find the most luxurious bathrooms, but at least provide something relatively sanitary and usable. The mobile showers were the same as they were in my previous visit to Coachella, if you get up early, you can avoid the long lines. I used the cold showers every day as it was the only real relief I could get from the blistering heat. Next, I feel that more shaded and cooling areas should be implemented for the attendees to escape the heat during the day. A canopy can only cover so much of the sun, and even that gets hot after a while. Most of the time when I was looking for shade in the campgrounds or throughout Coachella, I could only find the slightest amount under a short palm tree.

Finally... exiting the campgrounds could have been faster and more efficient. We left camp right after the festival on Sunday, and it took us over an hour to get out. If more of the exits were being utilized, this process could have been much faster.


How was your Coachella? What were your favorite sets, and what do you think could have used improvement?