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!

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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?

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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!

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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!


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Check out our last year's Countdown NYE Experience!

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