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[Review] EDC Orlando 2017: A Non-Stop Party in Paradise

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Last weekend, Florida Music Blog attended the 7th annual Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) in Orlando. While being smaller than EDC Las Vegas, EDC Orlando showcases some of the biggest artists and massive production that the world of electronic music has to offer. The festival showcases music from all aspects of the electronic spectrum, from House to Techno to Trance to Dubstep and Future Bass Music – there is something for everybody. If you have never been to EDC or seen pictures, one thing you need to know is that the production and stage design is absolutely next level!

The EDC Orlando Experience

The two-day festival (Friday and Saturday) took place at Tinker Field in Orlando which is right outside of the Camping World Stadium. The weather was perfect for an outdoor festival, not too hot not too cold.

The festival is organized by Insomniac who is no stranger to putting on next-level events and has a very unique vibe based on a carnival atmosphere with large circus tents, beautiful light installations, costumed performers and free fair rides. Yes, if you go to EDC you can ride the ferris wheel as many times as you want and get a bird’s eye view of the festival.

aerial photo shown above via circuitGROUNDS & EDC Facebook

There were four stages listed on the lineup but we discovered a “secret” beach stage showcasing some local music with a tiki bar vibe complete with real sand under your feet. This spot was a chill little enclave from the rest of the festival and we caught parts of some good sets there. The main stage is a massive structure with an Avatar-like woman spreading her arms over the crowd accented by lights, lasers and pyrotechnics. Kinetic Field is the second largest stage resembling three tall pyramids with fire and lasers shooting out of the top. This massive stage featured bass music artists such as Excision, Bleep Bloop, Troyboi, and k?d tearing it up and dropping heavy tracks all weekend.

EDC Orlando 2017
photo via EDC Facebook

The Neon Garden area is what really drew us to the festival showcasing Trance music the first night and House and Techno on Saturday night. The last called the Art Car is literally a boombox on wheels – you have to see it to believe it. The Art Car travels around the country to other festivals and events, notably EDC Las Vegas and Burning Man. The vibes at the Art Car were out of this world on Friday night featuring House music by some incredible DJs. The best thing about EDC is that there is something for everybody here. Whether you are into mainstream EDM or underground techno you can see some of your favorite artists on massive stages with ground shaking sound.

Music

We came to EDC for the House and Techno music and were blessed both nights with some incredible musical journeys. Friday night we arrived a little later than expected but were able to catch the last half of Infected Mushroom who are OGs in the electronic music scene. The fast paced and hard hitting Psytrance being played accompanied by the environment under the tent in the Neon Garden was the perfect way to start the festival. We spent the rest of our time at the Art Car catching the tail end of a triple B2B set with Angelz, Bijou and Ciszak who will be playing at the Dirtybird Campout in February. Next we enjoyed the sounds of Craig Williams, Saeed Younan and Cocodrills each playing their own unique styles starting with funky basslines then progressing deeper and deeper. It was hard to get away from the Art Car but we were able to catch some glimpses of the main stages with some impressive light shows and pyrotechnics.

Night 2 and the final night of the festival, Saturday was truly the reason that we came to Orlando. Jamie Jones, legendary award winning and world renowned DJ and record label owner blessed the festival with Paradise, his party that travels the world featuring some of the best DJs and vibes and the electronic music scene.

This installation of Paradise featured Skream, Pan-Pot, Green Velvet and the man himself, Jamie Jones. Skream, who is an OG in the bass music game and regarded as a pioneer of dubstep, switched gears to start playing exclusively house and techno back in 2013. Pan-Pot, who we had never had the chance to see before, are a duo from Berlin with a signature deep and minimal techno sound. The vibes were deep and complex and vibes were at the perfect level while Pan-Pot threw down their signature sound. This prolific DJ duo is hard to catch in the United States so this was a blessing for us. From the moody and churning beats of Pan-Pot emerged Green Velvet who is known for his funky driving basslines and original vocals on many of his tracks. This artist has evaded us for some time so we were very excited to hear his set and were not disappointed as Green Velvet built the vibes and intensity of Paradise that night.

As the hour neared 10 o’clock, a mysterious man with a signature afro emerged to the decks and began setting up for his performance. The next two hours made me truly realize how perfect the name “Paradise” is for this event. Jamie Jones took everyone in this now packed out tent to a new level with his funky deep basslines and skills on the decks. The talent and experience from years of playing marathon sets for experienced House and Techno heads all over the world really showed here and our feet were moving the whole time. We left Orlando on Sunday feeling a little tired but inspired and blessed to have experienced internationally acclaimed House and Techno DJs right in our backyard in a beautiful setting. Good vibes!

On the web

EDC Orlando:
http://orlando.electricdaisycarnival.com
https://www.instagram.com/edc_orlando
https://www.instagram.com/edc_orlando

Insomniac:
http://www.insomniac.com
https://www.instagram.com/insomniacevents
https://www.youtube.com/insomniacevents

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