Insomniac Events made the weekend an experience to remember with trees covered in lights as the headliners walked into the venue. The pond at the entrance also had giant rubber ducks and random bursts of fire where many people were getting their photos taken.
There were plenty of activities for the headliners, as Insomniac calls their fans, besides staying at one of the five stages to listen to the loud music.
The five stages each had artists that played various subgenres of electronic dance music, from trance to hardstyle. The stages were either inside a building or under a tent structure, which made the sound echo, but was good for hiding from the rain on Friday night.
The lineup included DJs that have been active from the ‘90s, Tiësto, Armin van Buuren, Steve Angello, Laidback Luke, and newcomer duo The Chainsmokers.
On the second day, the venue had even more than it was on the first day and lots of people chose to explore the festival grounds rather than stay at the tents.There were long lines at will call to pick up tickets, but entering was smooth and security worked quickly to open new lines to keep the waiting time down.
The Ferris wheel and swings attracted long lines, and to complete the Halloween atmosphere, there were haunted houses. One of the haunted houses, The Looking Glass, had 3-D effects that made everything in the room seem within reach.
Those who were wandering around the grounds were surprised with a firework show on both nights. For everyone else that was busy dancing inside one of the tents, there was also lights and lasers to enjoy the whole night.
Some attended the event in huge groups and had totems to make meeting up with friends much easier. There were also plenty of smaller groups and solo fans. Headliners are generally friendly and new friendships are formed at the events.
Many people complained about the poor cell phone reception that made it hard to find their group.
For security reasons, sitting by the stages was not allowed and having to stand the whole evening was tiring for many. There were a few benches around the venue but it was hard to get back into the tents as they quickly filled up as the night went on.
For anyone who got hungry during the night, there was a selection food such as hotdogs, shaved ice and smoothies to quench thirst.
A plus for the event was free parking, but with such a large crowd leaving at the same time, some people got stuck in the lots for over an hour.
Attending the event for both days can be exhausting and it is important to stay hydrated. Insomniac makes it easier to do so with free water refill stations for Camelbacks and bottles.
Despite it being a cold weekend with some rain, the crowd had lots of energy and kept themselves warm by dancing throughout the night.
The electronic music festival lasted from 3p.m.-2a.m. on Friday and Saturday.