Tag: EDC

Flash Back Friday: EDC

Happy Friday Folks!

It’s not just Friday, not just a full moon Friday, nor a Friday the 13th, it’s FLASH BACK FRIDAY! Or better known as #FBF!

With Electric Daisy Carnival a week away, I had to dedicate this FBF to EDC!

So excited to head down to Las Vegas and enjoy nights under the electric sky! For those of you that have not been to EDC, it is something that I recommend you to experience. EDC is about nothing and everything!

There is so much to experience that I don’t know where to begin. The rides! Some folks go to EDC to ride the carnival rides and have a great time waiting in line while listening to music in the background. Then there are your friends! Groups of friends go to EDC together and even though they lose each other over the night, they find each other in the end. The fireworks! I’ve seen 4th of July fireworks from both coasts, San Francisco and New York, and neither one can touch EDC when it comes to fireworks display! All I can say is WOW.

Then there is the music. EDM is not everyone’s cup of tea. But one can’t deny that enjoying the music while surrounded by friends and seeing all the lights and hearing all the sounds is an experience that you will never forget!

Below are my daily recaps of EDC from last year, enjoy!

 

EDC Day 3, I am the one who knocks.

EDC Day 3 ended last Sunday and I’m only getting this post out now, Wednesday. Oh well, it was a long journey back to the Bay and I was spent. Anyway, Enjoy!

EDC Day 2, OMG!

What another awesome day at EDC! W started the day a little late, didn’t get past the gate till about ten but still managed to see a ton of headliners and have some fun.

On a tiny journalist news reporting note, there was a small isolated fire last night that involved a golf cart, which was probably caused by a short circuit. Firefighters responded to the scene quickly and were able to extinguish the flame before anyone could get hurt and too damper the mood of the revelers.

I did make a small time lapse that didn’t turn out to well due to the lighting condition. However if you’d like to view the time-lapse video, you can view it here.

When we got back to our hotel we checked out the Bamboo Pool here at the Cosmopolitan where we played around with the GoPro to get some cool and neat shots. Now I’m off to get some rest; it’s about noon and hasn’t slept since we got back.

EDC Day 1

First day of EDC was amazing, music and venue was to die for, but very hot. Couldn’t stay under the Circuit Grounds to long cause of the heat trapped under the tent. I stayed well hydrated and had to step away from the stages a few times to cool down. Wished that my GoPro battery hadn’t died, or invested in a second battery pack, because I was unable to capture as much video as I would have like. I did miss the large meet up yesterday at 9 and was disappointed about that, was in the middle of R3hab’s set where I lost the track of time. Anyway, had a blast and still have 2 more days of amazing experience to look forward to!

Pre EDC Journey

Wow! What a day full of events and a journey it was to getting to Las Vegas!
Started the day off by dropping of my GF and her cousin at Oakland Airport, then headed over to Fremont to see my niece graduate from high school, headed over to Dublin to catch a ride to Vegas where I caught the end of the Spurs Heat game 7 Finals, and then finally hitting the road. To top things off, Instagram has a new video feature! Goodbye Vine.

Going to take a power nap for now before I get this party train rolling!

My First Vlog!

Hi Folks!

I have had a GoPro for quite some time and recently just decided to start vlogging. After some trials and errors, I finally decided to just record and post my first vlog. My first vlog is unedited but in the future I’m sure that I’ll pick up a video editing software to make future vlog post appear more polished.

Enjoy and feed back is welcomed.

Beyond Wonderland – Bay Area

This past Saturday in Oakland there were almost 400 noise complaints for a rave that was happening at the O.co Coliseum. This rave that lasted till 2 in the morning had headliners that consisted of Avicii, Alesso, Sander van Doorn, Chuckie, and much more. This rave that caused so much noise that can be felt and heard for miles was called Beyond Wonderland. And what a wonderful experience it was!

Beyond Wonderland has been around for sometime however this was the first time that Insomniac has decided to bring it north to the San Francisco Bay Area. The line to enter the venue moved fast, the weather wasn’t to cold, the Dj’s were killing it, and my ears were ringing till this afternoon 🙂

Going crazy in the Madhatter’s Castle!

I have included a map (courtesy of Insomniac) of the venue below so you can get an idea of the venue. For those of you unfamiliar with O.co Coliseum and the Oracle Arena, the O.co is the home of both the Oakland Athletics and the Oakland Raiders while the Oracle Arena is the home of the Golden State Warriors. The O.co is set to the East of the Oracle Arena where they are both flanked by parking to the north and south. The venue was set in the south parking lot. There were 3 stages; the Caterpillar Garden which was to the north east of the venue, the Madhatter’s Castle set in the middle, and the Queens’s Domain to the south. There was a ferries wheel, drinks, and other “attractions” that were set between the Madhatter’s Castle and the Queen’s Domain.

Map of Beyond Wonderland

With the name Beyond Wonderland I was coming to the venue expecting to go down the rabbit hole and find myself in a whole new world. Instead I ended up at the Madhatter’s table sober. Beyond Wonderland was like a bad regurgitation of the Electronic Daisy Carnival. I didn’t feel energy in the air, the ferries wheel and the picnic area seemed like an afterthought, and there wasn’t enough lights… What I mean by not enough lights is that the physical experience wasn’t all there. This is my opinion and I know that it aint fair to compare Beyond Wonderland with EDC.  With that said, the sets were amazing! Which is the very reason why people come to these events/raves/festivals. To hear and see their favorite DJ’s perform and fuck them sideways.

Sander van Doorn.

Oh man, where do I start? I saw Avicii for the first time and his set was crazy! Craziest part of it was that in the middle of his set, someone ignited a tear gas or let lose a fire extinguisher. I was to the right side of the tent when what ever it was went off and as soon as it did, many of us cleared the tent fast! People were running while covering their face, some were chocking and coughing, and there were still people enjoying the music. So I’m sure that what ever it was, was not tear gas. If it were, I’d be dying and more people would had been affected. The music kept on going and once the ominous cloud cleared, everyone went back in the tent to enjoy the night.

Avicii throwing it down!

I can’t stop saying how wonderful the DJ’s were. Cazzette, Thomas Gold, and all the other DJ’s that I saw that night. I wished that there was better timing with the different set times and less overlapping. Since there were overlapping set times I caught the tail end of some sets. For example, after Aviccii I went from the Queen’s Domain to the Madhatter’s Castle to catch the end of Chuckie‘s set. I wished that I saw all of Chuckie’s set since he was killing it.

Chuckie getting down in the Madhatter’s Castle!

The best DJ of the night would be Sander van Doorn. This. Guy. Killed. It. WOW! Sander’s set at EDC was one of my favorite form that weekend. But the set that Sander played for Beyond was a godly amount better! Holy shit! Can you say wow! Damn, damn, damn. Here’s a tease of Sander’s set from my girlfriend.

I’m thankful that Insomniac brought Beyond Wonderland and these wonderful DJ’s to the Bay Area. Over all the night was bad ass! I know that I’m being ignorant for writing that my ears were ringing the next day but I earned those damage ear drums. Next time I’ll bring ear buds. Which means that next time Beyond Wonderland is up here in the Bay Area, I’m going.

YEAH!

EDC Refund

For all of you wondering about a refund for EDC Saturday night’s cancellation, here is Insomniac’s response:

“Thank you for your attendance and support at this year’s Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas. We read your email and appreciate your input and comments. We are also glad to incorporate as many of your suggestions into next year’s event as possible. Every year we strive to make the experience better and better.

For most of Saturday night, from 7pm until just before 1am, EDC was operating on all cylinders. Unlike Friday and Sunday, when the weather was ideal, the unanticipated extremely high winds on Saturday night forced us to evacuate the primary stage areas in the interest of public safety. While our stages were built to withstand much higher winds without possibility of collapsing, there were gusts of wind in excess of 40mph. As you may know, at a couple of non-Insomniac outdoor concerts last summer, high winds were the cause of high profile stages collapsing — resulting in tragedy for some innocent attendees.

Come rain or shine, we can accommodate the experience. But we all share the risk of changes caused by unpredictable, hazardous natural conditions.

Providing you with an experience you will remember your entire life is actually our second top priority; keeping you safe during your experience is our absolute number one top priority. We simply could not put any of you, our devoted supporters and extended family, in harm’s way. We are an independently owned, boutique business, and we made a heartbreaking decision on Saturday night, but it was the right choice – everyone made it home safe and sound.

Your peaceful cooperation with the evacuation to safe areas was inspiring and historic. While the winds never calmed enough to resume the primary stage shows, Markus Schulz, Steve Aoki and other DJs performed impromptu sets on the Wide Awake art car and the Recharge sound system until dawn.

Insomniac can do many things, but one thing we cannot do is control Mother Nature. Consistent with our written ticket policy, Insomniac will not issue full or partial refunds to Electric Daisy Carnival ticket holders.

Here is the ticket refund policy that was in place upon your purchase for EDC Las Vegas ticket sales:

“All sales are final. There are no refunds, no cancellations, no credits, no exchanges, and no transfers after the order has been made. Unforeseen circumstances beyond Flavorus’ control will not be grounds for a refund, including but not limited to the following: local or national weather conditions and natural disasters, waiting in lines, family and medical emergencies.

Promoters, Venue owners, Security and Event Staff have the right to refuse entry to any ticket holder, without a refund, for any reason at their discretion, including but not limited to: disorderly behavior, intoxication, venue capacity, breach of security

restrictions. Ticket holder is aware that the Venue and Talent are subject to change. Ticket holder is aware that amenities promised by promoters are not guaranteed by Flavorus and are not grounds for a refund, including but not limited to: VIP amenities, drink specials, gifts, express entry, special areas, celebrity guests.”

We wholeheartedly appreciate your understanding and we hope to have your continued support. We made Sunday even more special by firing double the fireworks and by using all of the flame and other special effects that couldn’t be used on Saturday. Avicii’s unscheduled performance and Armin van Buuren’s bonus performance were both added too. Perhaps most importantly, the energy and overall vibe brought by the fans on Sunday night was unbelievable.

Again, we read all of your emails and we listen to all of your comments. Please know that you have our absolute commitment for EDC 2013 to improve your experience in every way possible and to deliver you the greatest experience of your life!

Thank you for your support, and as always, for helping us bring the festival to life. We hope to see you at EDC 2013!

Sincerely,

The Insomniac Family”

The source of the information was taken from Reddit since I failed to send an email to help@flavorus.com in time: http://www.reddit.com/r/electricdaisycarnival/comments/uuze6/get_your_refund_for_69s_cancellation/

EDC 2012

WHAT AN EXPERIENCE!

Sander Van Doorm
Sander Van Doorm doing it big at EDC

This was my first time ever attending an event of this magnitude! Great music, fireworks, lights, fire, lasers, friends, and wind, I loved it!

If you do not know what the Electric Daisy Carnival is, click here to see a trailer to the event.

Yes, I am STILL bummed out on  missing Steve Aoki performing with Blue Man Group, Tiesto, and Avicii (Avicii did perform on Sunday) but glad that Insomniac did the right thing by cancelling the event.

For those of you going through EDC withdrawals, here’s the set list from EDC: http://www.electricnation.net/edclv/

“Get the sets you missed and the ones you love” – Jon Nguyen.

I’ll let my Instagram pics do the rest of the talking 🙂

We're here!
We’re here!
Through the gates and into the carnival!
The beast at the Q Dance Stage.. What the history behind this guy?
Lights and more lights!
Enjoying Nicky Romero in the Kinetic Field
Lights and rides
Private light show 🙂
Going wild to Calvin Harris
Kinetic Field being cleared out for our safety against the mighty wind
Q Dance stage cleared out as well

Sadly that above was my last EDC pic of the whole 3 day event. I ended up selling my Sunday ticket to a buddy that drove down but didn’t have a ticket. We should had found one on CL so that we all could had enjoyed the experience together. My only regret for the weekend. I’ll post more pics and some videos up from my camera when I get a chance later this week… Or weekend since it’s Design Week here in the City. Until then, dance the night away 🙂

I Love This City!

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I saw this advert on a MUNI street car while waiting for the 22 on Church and Market for I Love This City (ILTC) and I got excited all about it that I had to take the above picture with my HTC EVO. I have liked electronic dance music (EDM) for several years but only started going out of my way to see certain dj’s perform at places like Ruby Skye and Vessel because of my girlfriend, @VVH1T, which is a great positive thing that we both enjoy.

This past Monday ILTC released their Phase 2 line up which is sick! If you haven’t seen it, here it is for Friday and Saturday. I look forward to seeing folks such as Madeon, Tiesto, The Crystal Method, Steve Aoki, David Guetta, and many more! Madeon, wow! That kid is sick and one of THE people who I really want to see at ILTC. The sucky part about ILTC is that I already know that I wont be getting the days off since it Memorial Day weekend so I plan on going both days after work and trying to see as many folks that I can.

However if worst comes to worst, ILTC one day pass goes on sale today May 4th at 10AM PST. ILTC is a great event and even better warm up event to the upcoming Electric Daisy Carnival this June!

Back to the subject. ILTC! I’m super stoked for this event, the crowds, the energy, and the fun that I’ll be having with my friends and @VVH1T. Follow @ILTCFestival for more info.

For those of you going, I’ll see you all there!!