Anticipations ran high when reknowned trance DJs Markus Schulz and Ferry Corsten announced their return to Washington DC's acclaimed Echostage on November 16th. Almost one year prior, the two played their now legendary 7 hour back to back set (a night I personally had the pleasure of witnessing) for the very same dancefloor. The wild success of that show and the amazing chemistry between the two artists ultimately led to the advent of their collaborative project, dubbed ‘New World Punx’. This time around, the event brought with it recently upgraded venue production (including new screens, lighting, and sound system) and a year's worth of experience for the duo performing and producing under their collaborative moniker.
On Weds Nov. 13th, Skrillex arrived in Port Chester, NY at the Capitol Theatre for the NY stop of his fall club tour. This special one night only event was the first ever Electronic Dance Music event at the historic venue and included opening acts Valentino Khan and Bro Safari. The Capitol Theatre has a storied history; it has been a theatre, a cinema, and a psychedelic performance space. Boasting a unique series of renovations, it is a beautiful, historic landmark that can also host shows with spectacular production. Tickets were $40 in advance and $45 at the door, and included general admission to the main floor with standing room only to the 18+ show. Reserved seating/VIP Loges and Balconies were available for purchase, but did not have access to the general admission floor.
Having attended the 2-day festival’s second year in 2012, the Fuck Real Life Crew was really excited to revisit EDC Orlando this year. We were thrilled to see the return of many of the DJ's who played our favorite sets from last year's EDC Orlando; Markus Schulz (playing alongside Ferry Corsten as New World Punx), Cedric Gervais, R3hab, and Porter Robinson. Once again, we were in Orlando to celebrate the birthday of one of our founding members and joining us were 13 of our closest FRL crew to help us do it right at Tinker Field over the weekend of November 8th and 9th. Though most of you reading this don’t need the introduction, Insomniac Events’ Electronic Daisy Carnival is a multi-day festival with annual events in several states around the US and now Puerto Rico and London as well. EDC is a strong contender for the most well produced, large-scale EDM festival in the world. The flagship event takes place in Las Vegas over 3 days averaging about 300,000+ attendees per year; and for good reason, founder Pasquale Rotella’s fan-centric approach.
On Saturday Nov 2nd, EDM fans in the DC/Baltimore and surrounding areas had over 30 DJs to choose from at Nightmare Festival courtesy of Badass Raves and Steez Promo. Music representing of an extremely diverse genre pool began at 5pm and continued until 6am the following morning. Now in its fourth year, the formerly named ‘Psychedelic Nightmare’ got an upgrade to festival status as it moved outdoors and changed venues from what is now club Echostage in DC to Ramblewood Estates in Darlington, MD – former home of the 90’s Bassrush parties. This venue change allowed for the addition of camping and a haunted walk between stages, as well as increased attendance. General Admission ranged from $50-$75, based on whether you were camping. VIP cabins started at $650 For those who were a little wary of camping in November. Sleeping anywhere from 7-11, cabins were outfitted with running water and electricity and they included the price of admission for each bed spot .