Whether it’s your first time or your fifth, walking into EDC is an exceptional experience. It can also be a bit overwhelming when you notice just how expansive it really is. And every year they’re adding more to see, do and take in than ever before. We’ve given you some tips already about staying together, knowing where your friends are and making sure you have comfortable shoes, and now we’re giving you a few ideas about how to get the most out of your EDC.
Scope out your favorite spots
It can be easy to get lost at EDC. It’s a huge space and lots of glowy things look the same, especially when you’re in the zone. So if you want to make sure you catch Krewella as soon as they go on or get as physically close to Martin Garrix as possible without seeming too creepy, we suggesting noting those locations and having a good idea how to get there when the time comes. You never want to have to say, “It’s two minutes to Zedd and I don’t remember which giant neon flower it was by.” Once you know where you need to be to get your Bro Safari on, you can relax and let the wind take you elsewhere until then.
Wander and lust
We talk a lot about prep, and that is important, but EDC is always about the moment. So remember to let yourself wander. It’s OK to get distracted by the next giant, mechanical, fire-spewing thing that rolls by. And it’s totally OK to join a random conga-line and follow it across the field. We’ve been there. The moment is enticing. Let yourself flow. Sure, you might miss something you planned to see, but if you stick too hard to a regiment you might miss out on adventure, inspiration and hooking up with some new friends.
We always want to put this in somewhere. It’s crucial when you’re out there to keep yourself going strong. Even if you feel fine, scope out where the medical areas are, be able to recognize police and volunteers if you need them, and always know where you can get water quickly. There’s not much more to say on this one. We just like looking out for you.
Check out something new
If it’s your first time, everything will likely feel new. But even if you’ve been to EDC or similar festivals before, this year is shaping up to be especially specially special. The good people at Insomniac have gone all out for the 20th anniversary. And in keeping with the spirit of EDC, we encourage everyone out there to try something they’ve never tried before and never thought they would in a million years.
- Talk to someone totally strange
- Join in an art project
- Register to vote at the HeadCount booth (hopefully you’ve done this one already)
- Check out EDC Town area near cosmicMEADOW with all new attractions like the Little Red School House, where one-of-a-kind classes will be in session; EDC Theater, where fans can catch a magic show; or the EDC Saloon, where drinks will be served all weekend.
- Walk along the Memory Lane video tunnel and relive 20 years of EDC photography, graphic art and video footage, immersing headliners in the rich history of dance music culture.
- Get married (only if you really want to)
- Be open, be free and be the best you you can be
EDC is all about the new, the fresh and the fantastic. Whether you’re a stickler for the schedule or a wanderer with a lust in your eye, have fun at EDC your way, to your taste, always.