I had the amazing opportunity to attend EDC Orlando 2017 last Friday and Saturday. EDC stands for “Electric Daisy Carnival” and is a huge electronic dance music festival consisting of three stages: Kinetic Gaia which is the biggest stage, Circuit Grounds, and the smallest stage called Neon Garden. It took place at the Camping World Stadium right near downtown Orlando. The lineup consisted of some extremely popular DJs such as Zedd, Armin Van Buuren, Excision, Galantis, Diplo, and A-trak, among many others. These DJs played non-stop from noon to midnight both days.
The first thing that caught my attention was the amazing and diverse lineup. They had basically every sub-genre of electronic music from violent “fatal” dubstep to uplifting and magical trance. I got to see most of the artists I wanted to see although many of the big DJs played at the same time on different stages. My favorite set of EDC was probably Galantis. The energy they brought was unlike any I have seen, and their big hits like “Runaway” and “No Money” had everyone dancing and singing. Another set that stood out to me was Simon Patterson at the Neon Garden stage. He played super-fast psytrance that brought something different to the festival.
The execution of the festival was sub-par. There was just barely enough room for all 75,000 people. I feel like a couple more social areas with benches and artwork would have definitely been a plus. It took my squad and me about thirty minutes to enter the festival on the first day when we arrived around one in the afternoon. However, on the second day, it took a good hour and a half after we arrived around four in the afternoon. The festival should increase the number of their security staff for faster entry next time.
My biggest complaint about the festival was the crowd. As opposed to other festivals I attended, this crowd was just a vast majority of frat boys who only wanted to get drunk or do drugs. Very few people seemed to actually be there for the music, especially at the main stage. My advice for anyone wanting to go to EDC next year is to make sure that there are a handful of artists you want to see playing at the two other stages other than the main stage. Your experience will be much better seeing these DJs.
Despite the few flaws, my experience at EDC Orlando was very memorable. I got to spend quality time with my friends from out of town, and I also met so many new people. If huge visuals and extreme pyrotechnics are your things, two hundred bucks is worth it!