rave life EDC ORLANDO 2016 by: KYLIE PARHAM with support from HANNAH CARLSON photos by: MICHAEL BEAS EDC Orlando 2016 festival met and exceeded all of my expectations this year. While I loved the 2015 version, this year’s production was bigger and better, the layout was more raver-friendly, the lineup was stacked, and the adventure element was more present than ever. With EDC Las Vegas as an older sister, EDC Orlando has a lot to live up to. But this year was definitely a step in the right direction for the smaller Florida festival. With the addition of the Kinetic Temple as the main stage (and important changes made to the other stages) production was much improved this year. The Kinetic Temple was massive and outstanding, the center circular vortex was beautifully designed and the graphics were incredibly clear, even from a far back vantage point. I greatly appreciated the layout of the festival. The stages formed an “L” shaped formation that made navigation very easy. Insomniac made sure to have all paths on the grounds become not just a walk between stages, but an experience. The Neon Garden stage was slightly hidden for a cozier feel between the small pond filled with blow up swans (one of my favorite aesthetics) and the slew of fun-filled carnival rides. Departing this area, I found the Circuit Grounds stage in the corner of the “L” with gorgeous views of EDC’s essential Dream Wheel. EDC Orlando brought back some recurring performers this year, but also did something very noteworthy with their lineup. Several well-known DJs were presented at the festival this year under new or different aliases, which was a twist of much interest to the crowd. Two of our personal favorites were Ferry Corsten presents Gouryella, a new Trance persona for the well-known producer, and the ever talented Datsik and Bais Haus together as Ephwurd, a new future bass duo. With beautiful, vibrant decorations everywhere you walked, it was very easy to escape reality and venture into a world of color and imagination. The ability to “get lost” is what I value the most in the festival world, and EDC excels in this department. With whimsical performers everywhere you turned, carnival rides, an iconic Ferris wheel, a zip line over the swan-filled pond, and LED lighted pathways to take you between stages, there was never a moment without magic.
All of us at Raver Magazine are very excited to see what the future holds for the Florida fest. •
EDC Orlando did a fantastic job of mesmerizing, enchanting and thrilling attendees.
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