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Festival Season is Coming!

Monday, February 25, 2013
Erin Flemming

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As we leave the dark days of winter behind us, what more exciting thing to look forward to than summer-- the unofficial festival season in the electronic dance music world. Here’s just a sampling of the exciting events to come as we head into spring and summer of 2013! Electric Daisy Carnival June 21-23 You can’t really talk about big festivals without mentioning the Electric Daisy Carnival. This longstanding festival will be from June 21-23 in Las Vegas- making this the third year the event has been held here. The event boasts free carnival rides, massive stages with crazy light shows and pyrotechnics, and well-costumed performance artists. Add a solid lineup and you’ve gotten the EDC formula just right.


EDC festival-goers this year should expect a new mix of art displays and artists, and won’t see the major traffic problems from last year (hopefully), according to Insomniac’s owner Pasqualle Rotella. Last year marked Q-Dance’s first US appearance as the first hardstyle stage at EDC. This year, Insomniac has announced that their new hardstyle brand, Basscon, will make up a stage at EDC, so it looks like Q-Dance at EDC may have been replaced. Attendees will have to see if Insomniac can match the massive European stage setup and lineup Q-Dance brought last year.

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Ultra Music Festival March 15-17 March 22-24 Another big player in the festival game is Ultra Music Festival. Last year the festival, which is held in Downtown Miami, expanded from two days to three and boasted a record number of attendees at the event. Ultra’s focus isn’t so much extravagant outfits and unique stage and art setups, but is rather a festival that boasts a stacked lineup of old and new favorites that draws attractive, scantily-clad people from all over.


This year, be prepared for a Ultra on steroids. Two weekends, seven stages, and a lineup featuring big names like Swedish House Mafia, Deadmau5, Eric Prydz, Snoop Dogg, Fatboy Slim, and Carl Cox.

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Electric Zoo Festival August 5-September 1 Over Labor Day weekend, EDM fans will be rejoicing in the sun at Randall's Island Park, just a stone throw from Manhattan. E-Zoo offers a place for city-dwellers and country-folk to gather and escape from ordinary life. This festival is still in its younger years, with the inaugural E-Zoo held in 2009, but has managed to pull great artists from the very beginning.

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Festival-goers praise the event for smooth production and an environment that manages to feel connected and free, despite being so close to the heart of New York City.

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What the Festival July 26-28 Never heard of What the Festival? You’re probably not alone, as this festival is one of the Northwest’s best secrets. Last year’s lineup featured a range of artists, from Beats Antique, to Dillon Francis, to GRiZ-- all performing amidst a canyon 100 miles east of Portland, Oregon. While great music is one focus of this event, it by no means is the only focus.


Think slip and slides, climbable art pieces, and friendly fellow campers that can very easily turn into close friends you’ll keep in contact with after the festival is over.

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Camp Bisco July 11-13 Camp Bisco, located in Pattersonville, New York, is the grown up’s solution to a fun summer camp experience. With a carnival-like setup, good mix of artists and a decidedly hippie flair, Camp Bisco is like Coachella’s cousin on the East coast.


Last year’s lineup had some established crowd-pleasers, like Bassnectar and Skrillex, but also spanned many different genres with artists like A-Trak, Amon Tobin, Shpongle, Mord Fustang, The Knocks, The M Machine, and Star Slinger.

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Global Dance Festival July 19-21 Location, location, location is just one of the things that makes Global Dance Festival so great. Picture seeing Steve Angello, Knife Party, Above & Beyond, Kill the Noise, Wolfgang Gartner, and Hardwell in one weekend.   Now, picture seeing them here:


Global Dance Festival boasts one of the most beautiful venues in America, the Red Rocks Ampitheatre, which is a rock structure located near Morrison, Colorado. The dates of the festival aren’t announced officially yet, but the event has consistently been held the third week of July, and Seven Lions’ tour dates list a concert date at GDF on the 21st.

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Shambhala August 7-12 Shambhala is almost like the music festival time forgot. Take away the cutting-edge visuals and artists, and what you're left with is a big, fun family gathering in Salmo, British Columbia. Sunny days by the river turn into chilly nights in Shambhala-- a festival with no corporate sponsors, unique artwork around the stages and campgrounds, and a smaller family vibe to it.


Even the way talent is booked is unique-- Shambhala doesn't accept talent submissions, but rather encourages potential talent to "volunteer and show us who you are!" Past performers have included Excision, Pretty Lights, Dieselboy, EOTO, Torro Torro, and Dillon Francis.

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