EDC just wrapped its three-day weekend in Las Vegas, and it was an over-the-top affair as usual. What started out in the 1990s as just another rave in Los Angeles blossomed into what some call the “American Ibiza,” and has gained the distinction of being the biggest dance party in North America. Although it has branched out to have satellite festivals in Colorado, Chicago, New York, the U.K. and Puerto Rico, its flagship event in Las Vegas is the biggest, and it’s the one to watch for the newest trends in live music events.
This year, Matrix Visual – the frontrunner in LED display and Video Walls – played a significant role in setting up two of the main stages at EDC 2016. As the festival continues to grow, so does the demand to outdo the stage design of years past.
For the third year in a row, Matrix Visual provided LED panels for the spectacular CosmicMEADOW stage, 1600 – 7mm LED panels, to be exact. The stage, with its six massive columns, rectangular slabs on the top and bottom, and beautifully lit arches looked like a tribute to an old Greek or Roman temple, but adorned with all the futuristic, bright, vivid displays that only outdoor LED wall can provide.
For this year’s wasteLAND stage, Matrix Visual provided 234 – 15mm panels, also an increase from last year. As with many outdoor festivals, the outdoor LED panels were tested by the elements, including winds of up to 40 mph during setup. The WasteLAND stage has come to be known for its gritty, graffiti adorned, neglected city-inspired look. This year the stage portrayed an abandoned ship-yard that was under attack from a 30-story monster which seemed to breach from the ocean, signified by a deteriorated looking Golden Gate bridge replica.
For the 20th anniversary of EDC, festival-goers were treated to an upgraded second main stage, circuitGROUNDS. Headliners such as Kaskade, Duke Dumont, Armin van Buuren and more played the enormous stage which illuminated the whole grounds.
In fact, carnival attendees repeatedly noted the importance of the production value, and for its 20th anniversary iteration, EDC did not disappoint. There were fireworks displays each night, laser shows, pyrotechnics, and art installations, in addition to upgrades like the new kineticTEMPLE – a 450-foot-wide, nearly 100-foot-tall structure where some of the biggest names in electronic music played. It including surprise guest performances like John Legend.
Another feature that kept people talking this year were the art cars – mobile DJ booths where artists roamed the grounds spinning tunes while people jumped on or followed behind. Once again, EDC proved that the visual component of the festival is on equal footing with the music, and one of the things that keeps fans coming back year after year.
And as long as festivals like EDC continue to push the boundaries of art, music, and production design, Matrix Visual will be there to enhance the experience. Whatever your audio visual needs – anything from LED indoor displays for small-scale meetings and conferences, to multi-dimensional, elaborate stage shows like EDC, Matrix Visual can provide LED panels for rent or sale, as well as setup and support, so you can be sure your event will be at the cutting edge of amazing video display.