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Entries in EDC (44)

Tuesday
Jun182013

Melt Your Face at the EDC Week EmazingLights Pop-Up Store 

Our wonderful friends from California are setting up a special one-stop gear destination for the biggest desert rave of the year. The EmazingLights and iHeartRaves crew have teamed up with Eye Love Shadez to bring us a conveniently located pop-up shop in Treasure Island on the Strip that will be open from noon to 10:00 PM Thursday-Saturday and until 6:00 PM on Saturday. 

Stop by Thursday between 7 and 10 to get your brain adjusted with the world's top glovers Gummy, Munch, and Mimik. These guys have fast fingers that'll put you in an instant trance so don't miss the opportunity to get melted by the very best. For the ladies, the team will be offering custom 20-30 minute makeup sessions, free with any $25 purchase from noon to 10 PM Friday and Saturday, and until 6 PM Sunday. Feel free to stop by grab some complimentary drinks and snacks (and possibly free prizes) and say hello to some of your SoCal family!

Treasure Island Resort & Casino, 3300 South Las Vegas Blvd, 2nd Floor, Caribbean Room C 

By Edward Fancher

Friday
Jun072013

EDC Chicago: A Photo Review

As a Midwest native, I'd always dreamed of what it would be like to attend an Insomniac event. I was always the one watching their videos nonstop and then begging my friends to watch with me just so they could share this excitement but some just never saw the "wow" factor like I did. I would look at photos and envy and everything about it, wondering when I would finally get the chance to be the "headliner." After Pasquale Rotella had finally made the official announcement that The Road To EDC would make a stop in Joliet at the Chicagoland Speedway, I knew it was finally my chance. So I embarked on the weekend of the lifetime, and while packing to leave, I knew I'd be leaving part of myself there.

This year was not only EDC's first stop in the Midwest but it was also EDC's first and only venue that provided the option to camp during the festival. Insomniac did an amazing job of creating the ultimate experience for campers. Campers were able to enter the campground Thursday and enjoy a pre-party featuring sets from Discovery Project winners Crizzly and Bare. During the day before gates were open Insomniac had plenty of activities available for campers. There were sessions for tie dying, making your own totem poles, and constructing your own "memory bracelets" (aka kandi). Showers were provided daily and Garnier provided a tent to style campers hair. Food vendors provided the option of already prepared meals but campers were also able to cook their own meals at the community grill. To escape the cold, a tent was set up with heaters and a charging station. The tent became a sanctuary for everyone that weekend since the weather was not on our side.

Camping was the perfect opportunity for everyone to connect and establish long lasting friendships and keep the party going long after the festival grounds closed in the early AM. The entire experience was made very safe with Ground Control monitoring the campsite 24/7 to ensure there weren't any mishaps. The most appreciated feature camping provided must have been the option to go back and forth between the campground and the festival grounds. Since the weather hit some bitter low temps, many campers would run back to their tents to bundle up after the sun went down.

Day one of EDC started off with a bang. An estimated 20,000 concert goers flooded Chicagoland Speedway to experience the 60+ musical acts. Insomniac’s interactive art installations, non stop carnival rides, and seven minute firework show illuminated the track the entire night. There was also a surprise performance from the Redbull Skydiving team.

Above & Beyond stole the show Friday night with their two hour set at the Circuitgrounds stage. Feed Me also made a breathtaking performance and was one hell of a performance to mark Johnathan Gooch's temporary hiatus. Other acts that topped off the night were Gareth Emery, Rebecca & Fiona, Martin Solveig, Kaskade, and Nadastrom.

Day two packed about 24,000 fans and festivalgoers were lucky to experience weather that was a tad warmer. Insomniac dealt with many noise complaints from the night before from residents claiming that the music and bass was so loud that pictures were falling off their walls within their neighboring homes. The promoters compromised by lowering stage volumes about 33% and moving the fireworks shows to an earlier time.

Saturday’s lineup featured Tritonal, Cazzette, Bro Safari, W&W, Hard Rock Sofa, Mat Zo, Borgore, Mimosa, Ferry Corsten, Hardwell, Avicii, Benny Benny Banassi, Fedde le Grand, and Armin van Buuren, among others. Armin packed KineticField and put the entire crowd in the ultimate state of Trance in a show-stopping two hour set. Over at the CircuitGrounds stage Hardwell really warmed the crowd up with a dynamic taste of Electro House.

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Thursday
May302013

Vote for Gummy for the EDC Vegas Discovery Project

Insomniac is always on the lookout for new talent to add to their festival rosters, and this year we'd love for you all to support our good friends Gummy. Over the past year we've watched these EmazingLights resident DJs rise from obscurity to playing alongside Trap superstars like Carnage:

"The past year has been amazing for us and we are really proud of the moves we've made! With our debut EP breaking top 5 on Beatport's release chart, playing our biggest shows to date like Snowglobe Music Festival, and improving our original sound, we have been very busy. We feel that winning the Discovery Project and earning the chance to perform at EDC Las Vegas 2013 would provide us a huge step in being more widely recognized and exposing our music to an entire new audience.  It would also be the culmination of three years of hard work and dreaming about playing a festival like this!" - Justin & Will

Their first festival set to date was all the way back in the winter at Tahoe's Snowglobe festival, but this summer we need to see them at the biggest festival in North America: EDC Vegas! To vote for them all you have to do is click the heart on the mix below.

 

By Edward Fancher

Saturday
May252013

Free Live Set Downloads from EDC Chicago

It's been chilly here in the Midwest, but the tunes are here to warm you up whether you're headed to DEMF or EDC Chicago this weekend. The inaugural Midwest stop of EDC was welcomed with open arms in Joliet, Illinois starting with the early campers who poured into the grounds on Thursday. Last night saw performances from the likes of Kaskade, Above & Beyond, David Guetta, and countless other headliners on top of a stacked lineup overall. So far my favorite set here is Gabriel & Dresden's, be sure to give it a listen! We'll be updating this post as more are uploaded and reuploading a lot of these so they're faster to download - but for now off to DEMF!

Friday

Gabriel & Dresden

DJ Animale

Manufactured Superstars

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Monday
May132013

Plan Your Days at Citi Field: EDC NY Set Times Revealed

It's hard to believe the second EDC NY is this very week, so here's our final wake up call. Prepare yourselves for two great days of Tech, Electro & Bass with some great Progressive artists thrown into the mix to create that mainstage vibe. We hope to meet as many of you as possible this weekend so I'll be updating this post with the sets I personally will not miss shortly. See you there! Click on the image below to display the full size resolution. 

By Edward Fancher