While the last two years of livestream- and metaverse-based events proved Insomniac could adapt—and even thrive—in a pandemic setting, 2022's in-person festivities showed that the brand is continuing to explore the promises of various emerging technologies in order to keep its flagship festival experience firmly positioned on the bleeding edge.
In total, approximately half a million dance music fans from around the nation and the globe made the trip to attend performances from over 300 artists throughout the weekend. As far as programming is concerned, the EDC lineup itself is always a buzz-worthy topic of conversation, but when you host the equivalent of the dance music Met Gala every year with unwavering consistency, delivering surprises becomes an inherently creative endeavor in its own right.
To that end, organizers made strategic investments into the show's production, creating an entirely new stage in the
bionicJUNGLE while augmenting several existing stage arrangements. The bassPOD stage in particular won the unofficial superlative of "most improved" as fans marveled at the technologically advanced visual setup.
bassPOD stage at EDC Vegas 2022.
The term "immersive" is thrown around as an experiential descriptor all too often, but with towering visual panels surrounding attendees on three fronts as they approach the stage, EDC production setups like the bassPOD enable fans to feel more connected in the moment with their favorite artists than ever before. The panels, designed as lab tanks fitting for a mad scientist, featured neon lights coursing throughout the system's power grid.
Fans found themselves captivated in awe at the elevated experience as Rusko, Excision, Getter, Space Laces and more delivered headbang-worthy hits throughout the weekend.
An activation at the bassPOD stage at EDC Las Vegas 2022.
Adding to the spectacle of its industry-leading stage productions and world-famous firework displays,
drones are becoming an increasingly important part of the EDC experience. Between welcoming attendees on the festival's first day with an opening visual ceremony to filling brief intermissions on the main stage—and even playing a role in the performances themselves—you never quite knew when to expect Insomniac's team of polychromatic robots to zip into action.
Like a futuristic marching band, dozens of drones coordinated seamlessly into a complex series of illuminated arrangements, including the high-flying Insomniac owl, a glowing welcome sign that read "EDC Las Vegas" and the face of a giant character from the Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT collection. Taking the shape of
Tiësto's own eagle insignia high overhead during his headlining performance on the main stage, it's easy to see how the role of drones will likely continue to evolve and augment the action happening on stage in ways we may not even be anticipating.