Let’s take a trip around the world and recap all the awesomeness that happened over the weekend. From Canada, our neighbors to the north, halfway across the world to Korea and back here to Miami, there was a lot going the past few days in EDM. Summer usually is prime time for concerts anyway, but all things considered, when one genre over oceans brings together over 100,000 people in one weekend, that says something.
Soldiers at ease!!! Being held on a former military base and home to some of the most massive events in Canadian history (Pope John Paul II, Rolling Stones, World Youth Day etc.) this is the inaugural year of Veld Fest in Toronto. Organized by INK Entertainment who’s been at the forefront of cutting edge events on a smaller scale with their nightclubs and restaurants, they took a leap of faith to bring 40,000 people together to rage. For the largest and for the first year it’s being held, if Deadmau5, Steve Aoki, Knife Party and Avicii are part of your line-up, this festival has many more years to look forward too! Job well done!
The time and dedication it takes to be a part of the Olympics is incredibly inspiring when you look at: the sacrifice, the training, and commitment. Seoul, Korea was once home to this wondrous event, but the only marathon going on in their Olympic Stadium this weekend was music related. UMF earlier this year had to cancel the Poland location and everyone waited for another inaugural, bringing in 50,000 people over a two-day period. Some critics of the event were concerned that there wasn’t enough local talent featured, but at the end of the day the major acts like Tiesto, Skrillex, Carl Cox and Chuckie are the draw!
Miami is certainly no stranger to massive music events and coming off the heels of Ultra, a year always seems like a long time to wait to see your favorite DJ’s perform. This year we’ve hosted independently: Afrojack, Kaskade and Avicii each on their own tours to hold us over, but none really gave off that festival feel…enter IDentity, the travelling EDM festival. All the usual commotion from a typical event ensued: the girls with different colored hair, the furry boots, the creative t-shirts and of course the music. The one day event, held over two stages at Bayfront Park had the likes of Eric Prydz, Wolfgang Gartner and Porter Robinson as well as others and as with any other music festival always left the crowd wanting more. Guess we can wait a few more months for Ultra!
So, no matter where you are in the world, just know that there is always a festival to let you release and rage!