EDC Orlando 2015 Gives FUN A New Meaning

*written by Amanda Re of Women Of EDM for Electronica Life & photos by aLIVE coverage
Orlando, Florida’s Tinker Field was alive and thriving on November 6th & 7th, as Insomniac brought back Electric Daisy Carnival for the 5th consecutive year. 65,000 headliners and over 50 artists united in celebration of music and carnival-themed productions. The structures that made up kineticFIELD, circuitGROUNDS and neonGARDEN stages were designed impeccably with all the elements that you’d expect of a large scale festival. The costumed performers beautifully decorated the scene and entertained bright-eyed fans in between acts. Carnival rides and other appealing activities embellished the grounds as well.

Standing over 100 feet tall, the visual display of kineticFIELD represented Earth’s natural elements. A massive water feature, 400 light fixtures, 28 lasers, and 10 colored fire flames enhanced the experience. While the set’s smoke breathing dragon and yellow-eyed owl looked over the crowd, some of the world’s greatest talents played, such as Audien, Quintino, Carnage and Dannic. Kaskade’s closing set on Saturday was on another level, and my personal favorite overall.
The other two powerhouse stages were incredible with an artist line up that made the line to get in worth the wait! You couldn’t miss the golden Buddha sitting on the 245 LED tiles that adorned the neonGARDEN stage. Ferry Corsten, Venice, Cocodrills and Ben Gold lit up the crowd on this colorful structure. CircuitGROUNDS boasted acts like Seven Lions, Flux Pavilion, Slander and Crizzly, under an amazing canopy structure which enhanced the acoustics.

I also had the opportunity to spend some time with a few artists at the event. To make it interesting, I created a “Never Have I Ever” Interview Game. The strategy came through and even the managers, friends, and girlfriends all want to get in on the action. Adam and Pridef of Cocodrills are all about photobombing other artists.

With my partner in crime for the weekend Mary, we explained what man-scaping was to Crizzly. Ferry Corsten and Audien had fan experiences I could never have imagined. As did Flux Pavilion, who shared a story about a girl in Texas who jumped on stage and beat up one of his security guys.
After playing it safe for majority of the game, Jose Estrada caught us off guard by holding up the “I Have” card in response to, “Never have I ever performed a strip tease.” Quintino shared that his first time stage diving was with Hardwell five years ago in Holland. Seven Lions spoke about being humbled when meeting people with his name tattooed on them. Derek and Scott of Slander said, “I Have” to “Never have I ever rode a ride at EDC,” because every year they like to go on the Ferris wheel.

Like me, Jeremy from The Upbeats has the gift of gab. He played bartender for Mary and I, and had us cracking up with out of control stories. Gino and Alex from Venice shared streaking and booty call confessions. As anticipated, there was no shortage of entertaining moments while playing “Never Have I Ever.”

Carnival food, rides, and games were spread throughout the grounds of the festival. A giant size chess game and connect four board were available to play. One of the coolest things I saw was a large ball pit, the kind you see in a kids play area! Day two was when I finally got the chance to get on a carnival ride. My friend, Kaukuta aka Terra Ferma, co-founder of 90’s dance group, Union Jack, came with Mary and I on a ride that flipped upside down and spun in every direction. Kaukuta and I screamed in excitement from the second our safety bar locked, while Mary hated every moment, making it even more enjoyable for me.
It’s safe to say that Insomniac headliners get the award for most spirited! There’s no shortage of creativity for EDC attendees when it comes to costumes, signs, and fun totem poles. Kandi bracelets were passed around generously throughout the weekend, signifying the values of the dance music community. The spirit of the festival was contagious and you couldn’t help but smile the entire time. It felt as though the carnival atmosphere brought everyone back down memory lane to happy childhood-related time. The vim and vigor of the wildly interactive festival gave me an all-time record breaking adrenaline rush.

Every expectation I had for Insomniac was met and exceeded at a higher level than anticipated. I highly recommend if you haven’t experienced Electronic Daisy Carnival Orlando, that you put it on your immediate list of adventures to pursue.