EDC Orlando 2017 Review – A Colorful Weekend of Beautiful People and Bass
After two energy-filled days at the historic Tinker Field, the 7th annual EDC Orlando came to a safe and successful close on November 11. This year’s event featured an expanded festival footprint and welcomed 80,000 fans – the largest group of attendees in history. Headliners were treated to three stunning stage designs in new locations, vibrant décor, playful costumed characters, exhilarating carnival rides, beautiful art installations and unforgettable sets from over 80 legendary dance music acts.
Fans entered the festival each day through vibrant tunnels of neon-lit daisies and glowing lanterns strung across the Electric Sky. A serpent-like figure called The Kracken snaked around the lake, crafted from repurposed wood that the artist had collected while helping to clean and care for homes affected by Florida’s recent hurricane.
After making its epic debut at EDC Las Vegas this summer, a reimagined version of the kineticFIELD stage traveled across the country to Orlando. Gaia, the Greek Goddess of Mother Earth, sat at the center of the structure with open arms to the crowd, inviting the accepting community to take in the natural wonders around them. Spanning 240 feet wide with 21 flames and 28 lasers, the breathtaking stage captivated fans with its jaw-dropping visuals illuminated by over 450 vibrant lights. Diplo and A-Trak performed a massive world-premiere b2b, along with heavy weights like Marshmello, Armin van Buuren, Galantis, and Seven Lions. The gorgeous Pulse Portal formed a crystalized arch in the middle of Rainbow Road, leading up to the beating heart of Gaia in the distance.
Known for its authentic carnival atmosphere, EDC Orlando brought full-scale attractions like the LED-lit Dream Wheel and the Skyhawk Swings overlooking the crowds below at circuitGROUNDS. Those seeking adventure hovered over the crystal clear lake on the thrilling 300-foot long zip line. On the other side of the ride sat the neonGARDEN circus tent, emitting beams of lasers and lights from the glittering disco ball. On Friday, Insomniac’s trance brand Dreamstate hosted iconic acts like Garth Emery and Aly & Fila, while Saturday saw the likes of deep house aficionados Green Velvet and Jamie Jones.
VIP festivalgoers experienced one-of-a-kind, exclusive offerings ranging from a complimentary body paint station, full-service beauty bar, and an interactive kandi bracelet-making station. Signature EDC cocktails like the EDC Mojito and the SoCo Lemonade were served, alongside scrumptious eats from the Meltdown Grilled Cheese and Surf & Soul tacos.
Corona Electric Beach brought the sand and sunshine to EDC Orlando with palm trees, a heated pool, and special guest sets from Party Favor and A-Trak. This year, circuitGROUNDS enjoyed a separate area across the street from Tinker Field, spanning 166-feet wide in a 360-degree design. More than 1,000 video tiles sparkled across each pyramid structure and 6 canons burst streamers and confetti over the crowd. Kaskade brought fans a nostalgic sunset show packed with classic tracks and memorable melodies while Zedd, Slander, and Bonnie X Clyde provided blooming beats all weekend long.
Insomniac Cares welcomed several uplifting charity partners to the festival, engaging fans in meaningful activations. To Write Love On Her Arms, a nonprofit dedicated to encouraging, informing, and investing in treatment and recovery for those struggling with depression, addiction, and suicide, gave fans the opportunity to converse with one another via hand-written notes and inspirational quotes. Love, Hope, Strength gave fans the chance to save a life by participating in the national bone marrow registry. Project #OpenTalk also returned to provide counseling and education services for substance abuse, sexual health, and mental health.
See below for a gallery of photos from the festy.
Photo Credit: Insomniac