With the first day of EDC Las Vegas in the rearview, Dancing Astronaut looks forward to its other two days of music from some of the most forward-thinking acts in the industry. Luckily, for those that couldn’t catch the vibes under the electric sky, EDC Las Vegas will be live streaming the entire weekend. This year, Insomniac’s launched its brand-new Insomniac Channel with a partnership with Live X Live.
Though before we move on, it’s only right to review the best of the best from 2018’s first day. Thanks to Mixcloud user “Buzz Lightyear,” listeners can hear sets from Diplo, Kaskade, Slushii, Mija, and more.
Insomniac added over 25 new artists and 14 events to the fifth annual EDC week in Las Vegas, coinciding with the festival’s 22nd annual installment.
In doing so, the festival welcomes 14 signature party experiences during the week of May 16–23, including the hardstyle focused Basscon Pool Party and two dubstep-fueled Bassrush parties, along with a variety of diverse headliners throughout the week. New programming includes a vast array of parties across the cities hottest nightclubs, including Elephante, Porter Robinson, NGHTMRE, Gryffin, Hot Since 82, Illenium, Yellow Claw, and many more.
Full programming details, more information, and tickets are available here.
Since sharing the initial lineup and curated playlist, EDC Orlando has announced the lineup for the Boombox Artcar stage. The Boombox Artcar typically features emerging artists in the scene, giving them the chance to amass their first real solid fanbase, if things go right. After the cancellation of EDC NYC and EDC UK, EDC LV and now EDC Orlando have become a more precious commodity, a vibe that can now be felt through Insomniac events in 2017. EDC Orlando will be happening November 10 and 11.
EDC UK has been held annually in Milton Keynes since 2013. During its fourth run last year in July, the festival ran into some obstacles which included the death of an attendee and numerous complaints from other guests regarding lack of proper security or medical facilities. As a result, Insomniac Events and the local justice department were set to discuss ways to improve on these aspects in the festival in 2017
Unfortunately, it appears that a solution was not reached. A last-minute announcement on the website somberly states that “Our plans to grow & improve the festival at Milton Keynes had not developed as we had hoped,” and as a result, they will be “indefinitely postpone the show until we can properly re-imagine all areas of the experience.” The announcement also guided ticket holders to a separate page where they could find information on refunds.
Though London might have fallen through for EDC this year, the brand’s expansion remains unstoppable. EDC Mexico continues to gain steam as one of the largest festivals in the country, while November of 2016 saw the its first run in Delhi, India.
Insomniac Events, the organizer behind massive festivals like Electric Daisy Carnival and Nocturnal Wonderland, is taking new steps to show attendees that raving can be done responsibly. In the midst of a festival landscape that has seen rising hospitalizations, deaths, and arrests, Insomniac has announced a meaningful partnership with the Drug Policy Alliance, or DPA.
It’s been a decade since Insomniac has collaborated with an advocacy group and welcomed on-site drug education. Adding to its significance, the new partnership comes at a time when media has focused more and more on the dangers of electronic music festivals due to illegal substance abuse. In an official statement, Stefanie Jones of DPA’s Safer Partying campaign explained the partnership’s goal: “While Insomniac still has a zero tolerance drug policy and conducts entry searches, they at least acknowledge that more needs to be done to keep their attendees informed and safe.”
‘Project: #OpenTalk,’ the official name of the Insomniac-DPA collaboration, will make educational information on mind-altering substances, sex, and mental health available to festival-goers. Acknowledging the impossibility of eliminating any and all drug use at these events, the aim of providing on-site information is to inspire unbiased conversations amongst attendees that will hopefully decrease the number of drug-related hospitalizations and deaths.
Insomniac’s Halloween event, Escape: Psycho Circus, in San Bernardino, California will serve as the debut location for ‘Project: #OpenTalk.’