In the past few years I've had the amazing opportunity to attend some of the biggest and best EDM festivals in the US, if not the world. Out of all these I've compiled my top 5 personal experiences that I want to share with everyone.
5. Noctunal Texas 2011 (Insominac Events)
The Noctunal Festival was usually held in March in southern California. In September of 2010 Insomniac brought this festival to the small town of Apache Pass, Texas for the first time. An hour outside of the music mecca of Austin it was the perfect place to through a Texas size massive. The inaigural year brought several thousand people out. The line up was AMAZING!!! Over two days artists included Wolfgang Gartner, Diselboy, ATB, Above & Beyond, Tritonal, Pretty Lights, Kid Cudi, Laidback Luke, and of course the great Armin Van Buuren. The grounds were open and the stages massive. Insomniac put together an awesome experience that I won't soon forget.
4. Skylab 2012 (Triad Dragons)
Skylab is a Denver massive held at the Coliseum. The Mission Blackout 2012 line up was outstanding including Zedd, Porter Robinson, and Gareth Emery. With a set up that included planets on the ceiling and out of this world GoGo dancers from Team EZ, it really took you into space. All of the DJs killed it on stage and really got the crowd involved. The memnt that stands out the most from that night is when Zedd had everyone kneel down in order to jump up when the song dropped.
3. Escape From Wonderland 2011 (Insomniac Events)
2011 was the first year the Insomniac held their Halloween show in San Bernadino, California. I went VIP and the experience was amazing. I visited a variety of Halloween themed stages to enjoy the music of ATB, Benny Benassi, R3hab, Markus Schultz, and Dash Berlin. They also had a haunted house, 3-D maze, and rides set up. VIP got elevated viewing stands at mainstage, awesome Halloween toys, and unlimited open bar. Highlight of the night? Benny Benassi jumping on stage in a Superman costume for his set!!!
2. Global Dance Festival 2010/2011 (Triad Dragons)
Global Dance is held at Red Rocks outdoor amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado. I couldn't pick just one year because both the 2010 and 2011 shows were amazing. Triad always the biggest names to this event. Over the two years headliners included Deadmau5, Infected Mushroom, Steve Aoki, BT, Manufactured Superstars, Benny Benassi, Dada Life, LMFAO, Gareth Emery, and Empire of the Sun. There is truly no other venue as unique as Red Rocks and the feel you get there is indescribable. With one massive main stage and smaller side stages Global is an event everyone should check out at least once.
1. Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) Las Vegas 2011 (Insomniac Events)
EDC has been around for over 10 years but in 2011 they moved the massive festival from its birthplace in LA to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Spanning 3 days with over 200 artists this is the end all be all of events. It boasts over 30 carnival rides, numerous interactive art exhibits, and 6 stages. There is no feeling in the world like walking into the venue and being able to look over the entire Motor Speedway and see it taken over by EDM. It almost feels like you've walked into another home. All the people there are amazing and the shows are epic. Every night there were 15 minutes of fireworks that could be seen from across the area. If you have to pick ONE show to go to your entire life this is it!
However the one thing that all of these have in common is the amazing peole I got to share the experiences with. The friends may have been different every time, but being with those you are close to just enhances the experience.