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This past weekend, Orlando, Florida was invaded by Insomniac Events as they brought the craziness of their world-renowned festival EDC to Tinker Field for two days filled with electronic dance music. Festival goers, staff, artists, and media couldn’t have asked for a better two days. The beautiful weather, the impressive lineup, the three flawless stages, and the awesome crowd made for little complaints and a lot of praise. Even Pasquale himself was in attendance with wife Holly to make sure the festival went smoothly. The two showed their support by visiting the different stages and taking pictures with fans while surfing the festival grounds throughout performances. The diverse lineup made sure to offer something for all those in attendance. Headliners included not only the fans, but Kaskade, Richie Hawtin, Calvin Harris, Excision, Madeon, Cosmic Gate, and many more.
The three stages included the Kinetic Field, Circuit Grounds, and Neon Garden. The latter served as the home to tech house/techno enthusiasts throughout the weekend, while Kinetic Field and Circuit Grounds was filled with artists of all genres. The simplicity found in the makeup of the stages, once again, proved that less can be more, unlike the outfits of most of the girls walking around the festival.
Bassrush hosted the Circuit Grounds on Friday, bringing in some of the festival’s heavy-hitters. Salva and Luminox kicked the afternoon off with performances fit for the most talented of twerkers. The grimy afternoon quickly transitioned into the night, opening the floor to the best set all weekend. Nadastrom stayed true to their colors and served up an hour of funky moombahton. The crowd was all in as the duo wowed everyone with their energetic and interactive performance. We have to note the last ten minutes of their set when they switched gears and went deeper than we had experienced all day. Nadastrom’s flawless performance was one we weren’t sure UZ would keep up with, but boy did he prove us wrong. If one found themself at UZ they would notice how hard every single person was going, making it impossible not to dance. After UZ, Porter Robinson took things over at the opposite stage, Kinetic Field. After a somewhat disappointing set at TomorrowWorld, we wanted to give Porter a chance to redeem himself. The man did not let us down.
The lineup from day one showed that there was no intention of easing fans in. Excision closed out with a mind-altering performance. Ending the night with fireworks and his new track Get Stupid, day one let out with a bang.
Saturday saw a transition from a bass-filled day one to a larger variety of choices, as well as a larger crowd. The carnival rides were occupied all day, and the atmosphere was filled with good vibes by the 30,000 fans in attendance. Even though the lineup offered many overlaps, the fact that the stages weren’t too far from each other made it easy to catch all of your favorite performances.
Umek gave the best performance of the afternoon. With the sun beating down, he gave fans a reason to stick around in the Florida heat. With the sun set, the amount of talent that filled all three stages was overwhelming. Seven Lions connected with the fans as he performed an incredibly moving set. The soulful performance was what we expected from the big-hearted, Santa Barbara local. Martin Solveig’s set was tons of fun and kept us guessing throughout. The best performance of the evening came from Madeon. He kept things interesting, threw in some surprises, and kept the energy high throughout. We love the experimenting he’s doing and look forward to future performances if they’re anything like this one.
The last few hours of the festival saw many beautiful performances, including one from Cosmic Gate. They started off with their latest single So Get Up and made Wake Your Mind a large focus the entire time. Transitioning from one genre to another, the Kinetic Field stage hosted Dada Life as they gave the typical wild Dada performance. We split the last set of the night between Kaskade and Krewella, both of which gave notable performances. The crowds at all three stages were the largest we had seen all weekend. Between Kaskade’s heartwarming style and Krewella’s hardstyle banging performance, the festival came to a bittersweet end.
EDC Orlando was a huge success thanks to Insomniac, the artists, the staff, and most importantly, the headliners. A special thank you goes out to the weather for cooperating and the festival-goers for behaving. This weekend truly made for an unforgettable experience.