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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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