EDC has come quite a ways since it’s inception; with each different style of dance music taking shape in their respective communities, Insomniac’s stages evolve to reflect each intricate world the sounds make. Below are all of the lineups, with highlights on some of the most anticipated acts.
This year the neonGarden is littered with the best minimal, techno, and deep from all sides of the globe. Alongside regulars like the legend himself Richie Hawtin + Adam Beyer, who’s record label will be taking over the stage Sunday night, this stage will also see the likes of Chris Liebing, Dusky, Pan-Pot, Maya Jane Coles, Paul Ritch, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, and so much more. If you’re looking to groove your heart out all weekend then Neon Garden is the stage for you. Just please leave your black clothing and man-buns at home.
The bassPOD spares no expense; appealing to one of the biggest audiences at the festival, this stage is the one that has seen the most changes as the years have gone on by. We can’t wait to see the edgy, most likely pyro-heavy visual treats that will decorate the sounds of Bassrush, which will feature the best heavy hitters such as Bad Company UK, Brookes Brothers, Dimension, Andy C, Datsik, Protohype, Rusko B2B Caspa, and so much more.
Cosmic Meadow has always been the haven for live and cutting edge talent, and while HARD isn’t quite a factor in this year’s stage yet again, the first sight of many people’s day will still have a solid roster as Audiotistic is hosting a stage full of different genres from all walks of EDM. As Audiotistic emphasizes cutting-edge and forward-thinking styles of music, uniting hip-hop, electronic music, turntablism, and more, you can expect to see some of the best talents destroy the Cosmic Meadow such as RL Grime, Slander, Hannah Wants, Shiba San, A-Trak, Knife Party, SNBRN, and so much more.
Need some green in your life? Lucky for you the 7Up sponsored stage is back again. Stage 7 is one of the most diverse stages throughout EDC, hosting trance DJs such as John O’ Callaghan and Jordan Suckley one day, and giving light to Redlight, Hotel Garuda, Craig Williams on another. Unfortunately Night Bass or Toolroom Records are not hosting the 7UP stage in 2016 but if last year was any indication, the stage will be the greenest affair you’ll attend that faithful weekend with some of the dopest talents! Don’t forget to grab your light up 7UP wristband while there.
Upside Down Room:
The Funk, Chicago House, Detroit Techno and Hip-Hop are all being resurrected through Insomniac’s events; this year the biggest production to date will be propping up seasoned veterans Bad Boy Bill, Armand Van Helden, Juan Atkins, Mark Farina, and Doc Martin as they go at it on the decks showing these “DJs” how it used to be done back in the day, the real underground days.
If there’s one memory that’s all too common at EDC, it’s walking by the Hard Dance stage and being unable to do anything but jump, even if you continue to pass through on your way to get some water. As a huge factor in Q-Dance’s influence on the West coast, EDC is back again with their own Basscon brand ruling a chunk of the electric sky with an iron fist. The Wasteland stage experience will raise the curtains for Angerfist, Technoboy, Lady Faith, D-Block & S-Te-Fan, Gunz For Hire, Darksiderz, Tuneboy, and plent of ither artists to keep your feet stomping the grounds.
For the first time ever since EDC debuted in Vegas back in 2011, the megastructure will no longer be a part of the festival as we officially say goodbye by welcoming a full 360-degree production environment that should blow your minds and EDC can take credit for revolutionizing this now design with its own innovative conventions. Between all of the high-energy acts like Duke Dumont, Kaskade, Adventure Club, Party Favor and a special Sunday night treat as Dreamstage will host the entire stage with likes of Gaia, Ferry Corsten presents Gouryella, Ace Ventura, John Askew and the festival return of Paul Van Dyk after his accident, this stage has come a long way from being a simple exoskeleton. Each night has some of the biggest dance music acts EDC can offer. This will be the post popular stage of the entire weekend, quote us.
Seasoned veterans may tell you that the main stage is best visited sparingly, but the fact of the matter is EDC Las Vegas’ 360 production masterpiece over the last few years is incredibly worth seeing that popular DJ you’ve seen 47 3/4 times. Primetime acts include Dada Life and Tiesto, as well as Axwell & Ingrosso and Hardwell, are guaranteed to play all the “mainstage bangers” and throwback songs you love so much that made you fall in love with them in the first place (Tiesto, all we ask for is ONE classic trance set). Up and comers such as Jauz, Alison Wonderland will be rocking the stage showing the OG’s they can keep up till the sun comes up.
As the days get closer, the blood pumps faster. Good luck trying to contain the jitters, and make sure you’re ready with the acts you want to see before set times are out.