Music Festivals

Music Festivals Continue to get Postponed in 2021

Despite our high hopes, major music festivals continue to get postponed and canceled in 2021 — with two new announcements just this week.

First up, BPM Festival in Costa Rica has canceled its 2021 dates, following its other canceled event in Malta. New dates have been rescheduled to January 12-18, 2022 as coronavirus rages on.

The festival was set to headline Nicole MoudaberPaco OsunaDubfireLoco DiceLuciano, and more. At this rate, the lineup may likely change by the time the festival happens.

Per the statement below, ticket holders will be contacted with options soon. Read the full statement below for more info.

In addition, The Governors Ball in New York City has been pushed back to September 24 – 26, 2021. Organizers say they are working closely with city and state authorities to ensure a safe experience for attendees.

Lineup has yet to be announced. Ticketing and refund info can be sought out at govball.com.

Ticketmaster / Live Nation Planning For Return to Full Scale Shows by Summer 2021

Recently Live Nation‘s CEO Michael Rapino confirmed that the company is planning a return to full-scale shows by summer 2021. The projection was followed by an immediate stock jump after an efficacy report on Pfizer and BioNTech’s co-developed COVID-19 vaccine, in which it was said to be more than 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 in patients without prior SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Billboard reports, that upon purchasing a ticket fans would need to verify via third-party health apps that they have already been vaccinated or have tested negative for COVID-19 approximately 24 – 72 hours prior to shows. In the article, Ticketmaster president Mark Yovich explains,

“Ticketmaster’s goal is to provide enough flexibility and options that venues and fans have multiple paths to return to events, and is working to create integrations to our API and leading digital ticketing technology as we will look to tap into the top solutions based on what’s green-lit by officials and desired by clients.”

The plan, which is still in it’s early stages of development, will rely on the Ticketmaster digital ticket app, third-party health information companies like Clear Health Pass or IBM’s Digital Health Pass, and testing and vaccine distribution providers like LabCorp and the CVSMinute Clinic. Ticketmaster will reportedly not store or access medical records under the plan nor hasn’t established a date for when it will halt proactive COVID-19 safety measures.

The Ultimate EDC Camping Guide

Should I camp at EDC?

Camping at EDC is a completely different experience from staying on the strip. In this post we’re going to break down the entire process of camping at EDC, from buying tickets to checking out. We’ll also cover the pros and cons of camping as well as what to bring, and what to expect. Hopefully by the end of this article you’ll have a better idea of whether you want to try camping at EDC Las Vegas!

EDC Camping Pros

Easy access – it takes about 5-10 minutes to walk from the camp to the festival, and 10 minutes to get through security.

Easy pregaming – no need to get loaded and then rush to catch a 1-2 hour bus ride to the festival. Party with your friends, enjoy the campgrounds, and head over to the fest at your leisure!

After party – Stay til the very end – no need to leave early to beat the rush. Once the festival’s over, meander over to your campground, freshen up, reload, and keep the party going until 10 AM!

EDC Camping Cons

Light sleepers beware – Depending where your tent is located, the after party can be somewhat loud. Afterparties at the campgrounds go until 10 AM the next day. If you’re a very light sleeper or don’t do well with earplugs, you’ll want to avoid camping.

Price – EDC camping isn’t as cheap as camping at other festivals. The cheapest option is 1099 plus taxes and fees (200 lodging tax and 172 service fee – comes out to just under 1500) for a 4 person tent. EDC camping tickets do NOT include festival passes. So you’re looking at roughly 375 for lodging plus the cost of your EDC ticket. You can definitely find cheaper options than this on the strip.

Lengthy check in – Depending on when you arrive, checking in at EDC can be a notoriously long process. If your group has multiple tents and want to stay next to each other, you’ll need to check in together.

Roughing it – Camping at EDC is far nicer than camping at other festivals. The shift pod tents they provide include air conditioning, and the bathroom trailers all include flush toilets and heated showers. However, it’s definitely not going to be as nice as a suite at the Wynn!

Won’t spend much time on the strip – for those that choose camping, this is usually a pro, not a con. Some people prefer taking a break from EDC, eating at some buffets, maybe going to a pool party. If you’re camping, you won’t experience that side Vegas.

What are the different EDC camping options?

Moon Glow Shiftpod Camping (1-4 people)

This option allows you to have up to 4 people in your tent. It will come with 4 wrist bands that allow access to the tent for up to 4 people, but you don’t have to use all 4.

All the EDC tents are shift pods made by Advanced Shelter Systems – 12 ft across and 6.6 ft tall. There’s a zipper door and screen on the back and the front. You’ll want to bring luggage locks to secure the door – we recommend combination locks so that you won’t risk losing a key and everyone can get in.

The tent walls are semi-insulated but don’t completely block the sunlight. They do provide some sound reduction, but we’d highly recommend bringing both earplugs and eye masks. All tents have a solid astroturf floor which is actually quite comfortable. No mattresses are provided with the Moon Glow package. You can bring air mattresses, or you can just bring a sleeping bag and sleep directly on the astroturf.

Each tent also comes with an air conditioning unit that has no problem keeping the tent nice and cool. There is also a power strip in the tent but the camp runs on generators so there’s not a ton of spare voltage. If you trip the circuit breakers on your tent multiple times you can get your power cut off. Avoid hair dryers, etc.

This package is roughly 1500, so if you have 4 people it ends up around 375 per person.

Desert Rose Shiftpod Camping

This package is for 1-2 people. It comes with the same tent as the Moon Glow package, but with bed(s), linens, and pillows. You can either get a single queen bed or two twin beds. Both of these packages will run you 1399 plus taxes and fees, which ends up just over 1800, so you’re looking at 900 per person for this package.

RV Camping

Drive your own RV on-site! EDC offers a designated plot and options for power hookups, RV water refills, and pump-outs. You can have up to 8 people come in your RV. Power add ons and additional vehicle parking are purchased separately. Water and pump out package vouchers will be available for purchase on-site at the camp EDC store. RV camping tickets are around 560, power add ons are 550-800, but you can split it amongst more people. Of course you’ll have to factor in the cost of renting the RV and paying for gas, as well as the inconvenience of driving to Vegas. There are also some restrictions / requirements for RVs:

  • RVs must qualify as an appropriate vehicle type: a Class A, B, or C RV/trailer, truck camper, or fifth wheel with a separate on-board generator.
  • You may not exceed the total permitted length of 45 feet, including tow vehicle if applicable. Tow vehicles must remain attached to pull-trailer at all times.
  • RV must have a working air conditioner powered by a built-in, non-engine-driven generator. Please keep in mind that external gas generators are not permitted in the campground.
  • RV must be equipped with a power cable totaling 75 feet in length, if you purchased power. A TT-30P connector is required for 30-amp cables, while 50-amp cables will require a 14-50P connector. Power cords will not be available in the campground. If you do not bring the proper power cord, you risk not being able to plug into our power grid. Refunds for unused power purchases will not be granted.
  • Staking anything into the ground is not permitted, so please plan accordingly.
  • Once you park you can’t move it until 9 AM on the Monday after the festival.

What should I bring if I’m camping at EDC?

The first thing you’ll want to check when compiling your EDC packing list is the official prohibited items list. For the most part it stays the same, but there may be a few items added every year. Of course it’s impossible to search your belongings super closely and some security guards are also a bit more lax. Your mileage may vary – if you’re lucky some items may slip through undetected. Some items that stand out on the list that may surprise you:

  • No liquor above 32 proof – no tequila, vodka, whiskey, etc!
  • No spray cans of any kind
  • No medication not in the original container
  • No large speaker systems – only portable speakers allowed
  • No loose cans that are not in a sealed box – the max is 24 12 ounce cans
  • No glass bottles
  • No LED gloves or microlights for light shows
  • No marijuana
  • No glass mirrors

Here are the essential items to bring to Camp EDC:

  • Tickets + ID
  • Outfits for all 3 days
  • Comfortable shoes + sandals
  • Swimsuit if you want to pool party
  • Pillow, inflatable mattress or sleeping mat, sleeping bag
  • Earplugs + eyemask
  • Deodorant
  • Wet wipes / sanitizer
  • Face wash, body wash, shampoo
  • Insomniac branded water bottle
  • Hydration pack (camelbak)
  • Two combination locks for your tent
  • Phone chargers & power banks
  • Sunglasses, hats, sunscreen
  • Towels + sandals for showering (may want to bring a separate towel for the pool party)
  • Trash bags
  • Power strip if you have multiple devices to charge
  • Festival outfits + outfits for hanging around camp
  • Swimwear if you want to go to the pool party
  • Medication (in the original bottles only)
  • Snacks that don’t spoil – granola bars, protein bars, fruit, etc
  • Speakers (must be portable)
  • Shower bag with toothpaste, toothbrush, razor, body wash shampoo, etc

Nice to have:

  • Alcohol – must be below 32 proof, can’t have more than 24×12 ounce cans sealed in a box
  • Energy drinks / gatorade / pedialyte
  • Costumes for EDC and any accessories / tools you might need to repair
  • Fannypak
  • Bandana / facemask
  • Tampons / birth control / menstrual cup
  • First aid stuff – bandaids, Neosporin, etc
  • Make up, mirror
  • Sealed ibuprofen / Tylenol
  • Allergy meds
  • Three wrapped Vicks inhalers (one for each day)
  • Three wrapped packs of gum
  • Three wrapped chapsticks
  • LED lights if you want to decorate your tent and make it easier to find
  • Flag to help identify your tent
  • A cooler if you want to keep your drinks cold (ice is sold at the general store)
  • Propane (not butane) camp stove if you want to cook
  • Utensils if you want to cook
  • Camping chairs for hanging out outside your tent
  • Collapsible wagon to haul your stuff from your car to tent

How is the check-in process at EDC camping?

The check in process has historically been the most annoying part about camping at EDC. Depending on when you arrive, expect to wait anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to check in. Ideally you would have all your gear in rolling luggages as you’re going to have move your stuff as the line moves. You’ll want to have some sunscreen and water readilya available too.

In order to get adjacent tents with your friends, you’ll need to check in together. Anyone can check in for you as long as they have your pass and your confirmation email. Only one person needs to check into get the tent, the rest can check in and get the wrist bands separately with the confirmation email.

Each Moon Glow tent comes with 4 wristbands – if you don’t have 4 people, you can bring a guest into the campground. The Desert Rose tents only come with 2.

How is the security at Camp EDC?

After you pass the check in, you’ll reach security. Your mileage may vary here – some guards tend to be more strict and some are more lax. You can try to do a quick glance to see which lanes seem to be moving faster, but ultimately it’s all the luck of the draw. In general we would just recommend trying to follow the rules as closely as you can. Don’t complain or act sketchy about having to take out / unpack things, don’t have obvious paraphernalia out, etc. If you do get caught with something, just be respectful. Always de-escalate – no reason to ruin your weekend!

There are also security walking around the campsites. They usually won’t bother you unless you’re being too loud after hours or are causing a commotion.

You will also have to go through a security check point when you enter the festival from the campground. This will involve a bag check, metal detector, and pat down. There’s a more restrictive list of items that you can’t bring into the festival (but you’re allowed to have in the campground) so make sure you’re aware of what’s allowed. Additionally, you will be searched when LEAVING EDC and returning to the campgrounds!

How are the bathrooms and showers at EDC camping?

The shower and bathroom situation is better than most festival camping setups. They come in enclosed shipping container sized trailers, and contain flush toilets and heated showers. There is also an abundance of showers so you’ll never have to wait that long – the longest we’ve waited was roughly 10 minutes. They also seem to be pretty well maintained and regularly cleaned by staff. Some of the showers don’t have a changing area – others have two sections – a changing area and the shower area.

Each group of shower/toilet trailers also has sinks and mirrors outside the bathrooms for you to brush your teeth. There was never any issues with the hot water running out.

Overall, the shower / bathroom situation at EDC is as good as you’re gonna get. It’s no 5 star hotel or a suite at the Encore, but it’s better than the vast majority of camping bathroom situations.

What do I do for Food at Camp EDC?

The food here is generally better than what you’d expect to find at a festival. Food stalls are run by local restaurants and serve things like tacos, pizza, hot dogs, fries, chicken tenders, hamburgers, etc. Vegetarian/vegan options are available as well as some “healthier” food options. There’s number of food trucks that serve more unique, upscale fare. There’s also a farmers market and a general store. Prices are pretty typical for festivals – expect to spend about $15-20 for a meal.

Some of the food stalls were open late at night / early morning when the festival lets out, so if you’re hungry after a long night of dancing you will have some options.

You can still cook at EDC! Small portable, propane stoves and/or grills are allowed on camp grounds. As long as you’re monitoring the cooking devices, EDC has no problem with bringing food from home to cook and eat. But keep in mind that some kitchen utensils such as knives can be considered a weapon and will not pass through security.

Bringing your own food will definitely make your stay a bit cheaper! EDC food is delicious, but it can be $$$. No matter your choice, at least you won’t be dealing with this:

Beer and wine are available for purchase.

The general store doesn’t really sell too much food – they do sell some snacks but mostly sell toiletries, merch, and other miscellaneous items. Ice is available for purchase.

There is also a free shuttle to a nearby grocery store if you’re interested in that option. However this shuttle doesn’t seem to be that reliable. You can always use rideshare as a backup.

What Other Activities are There at Camp EDC?

The centerpiece for camp EDC’s activities is the Bamboo stage, which is right next to the pool. This is where the kick off party, pool parties/day parties, and after parties take place. The weekend begins with the official camp kickoff party on Thursday night. Every night there will be DJs spinning at the after party, including Monday morning until 10 AM. Every morning at 6 AM as the campers return from EDC festival, the after party announcements are made. The crowd at the afterparties are always still bumping even on Monday morning!

On Friday, Sat, and Sun afternoon there’s a pool party. Multiple waist high pools are available with lifeguards on duty for safety.

The Mesa is an entertainment hub in the middle of Camp EDC. Every and all activities are available here when you’re not jamming out at a concert. They have a roller rink, pools and water slides, a market, food vendors, merch tables, massage stations, a salon, and more!

These activities and more are organized primarily at the three main hubs in the Mesa. The Cascada, a giant, blue shade structure (shown below) is specified for wellness workshops and “transformational” activities. 

The Sol, like the Cascada but in yellow, orange, and red, is home to activities such as yoga, arts and crafts, sound healing, and rave aerobics- like hoop dancing! 

The last of the hubs is the Tierra. Some of the more “glamping” activities take place under this green structure, such as haircut stops, massages with oils, and as the official EDC Vegas website puts it, “a few more surprises!

Around the Mesa there is always something going on. Limbo competitions, water balloon fights, team sports, karaoke, Bingo, DJ mixing/sample workshops, dance classes, live entertainment, and more. You’ll certainly never be bored!

Other activities include dance classes, field games, intramural sports, karaoke, rave aerobics, roller disco, a ferris wheel, yoga, guided meditation, massages, as well as art installations (including an art car) throughout the camp.

There’s also a juice and tea center, and a chill out area with hammocks. At the center of the camp is a giant EDC globe in the middle of a water fountain.

EDC Camping Pro Tips

  • Arrive in Vegas early on Thursday if you can to catch the first day’s kick off parties! The earlier you arrive the quicker your check in process will be.
  • There are two separate lines for check in and security. We recommend checking in without any of your stuff first, then going back to your car and getting your luggage, skipping the first line and going straight into the security line. This is much easier than dragging your luggage through the gravel field that’s used for the check in line.
  • Take power naps and check in on each party – especially those that say special guest. Insomniac often brings big name DJs in for the parties at the camp – download the EDC app and enable push notifications to get the deets!
  • Bring a totem or flag or some sort of decoration so you can easily identify your tent – super helpful when you’re stumbling back from the festival tired and ready to pass out. Take a picture of your campsite number.
  • Get at least 4-5 hours of sleep a night – it’s a marathon not a sprint! If you’re planning on doing daytime activities at the camp plus the festival at night you can burn out fast.
  • Stay hydrated – this is super important in the desert heat! We recommend drinking water / pedialyte / gatorade every night before sleeping.
  • Meet your neighbors! The best part about camping at EDC is that you’re surrounded by a ton of people who are there for the EDC experience just like you. Say hello, lend a helping hand, share some beer, etc. Meeting your neighbors can also be very helpful if you forgot something.
  • Locks for your tent are essential. Not just for securing your items, but also when sleeping to prevent drunk strangers from accidentally stumbling into your tent.
  • Don’t walk barefoot on the astroturf – it gets extremely hot and can burn. It gets really hot because just astroturf laid over a parking lot, not actual grass.
  • Do NOT unplug the power strip or air conditioner in your tent. Don’t plug high voltage items into the power strip either. This can overload your grid and take down all the tents near you.
  • Always wear sun screen – nothing worse than having a terrible sunburn and rubbing shoulders in a tightly packed crowd.
  • Bring some warm clothing – the weather in May is not always consistent. Some years it will be really hot, some years it can get really cold, especially at night. Bring something warm just in case!
  • Cell service can be spotty. There are areas with free wi-f- like the Carnival Square.

EDC Camping FAQ

Are there ins and outs at EDC camping?

Yes, you can leave the festival back to the camp and return to the festival as much as you want.

How much does EDC camping cost?

The cheapest option is 1099 plus taxes and fees (about $380) for a total of $1480 for up to 4 guests or $370 per person. The more expensive option is $1399 + 413 in fees for just over 1800 total for up to 2 guests or $900 per person.

Can I buy a single day camping pass?

No, only 4 night camping passes are available.

Are EDC camping passes transferrable?

If you have the camping decal and laminate in hand, you can proceed to the entrance. If you need to pick up somoene else’s passes from will call, you will need to bring the original order number and a photocopy of the credit card and ID of the original purchaser.

Which nights are included for EDC camping?

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.

Are we allowed to sleep in cars or vans?

No this isn’t allowed because it gets hot and could result in overheating.

Can I grill or cook in the campground?

You can bring small portable propane stoves for grilling. Tanks of up to 4 lbs per group are allowed. Butane stoves are not allowed.

Are there showers in the campground?

Yes there are free showers and toilets.

Can I purchase more than one parking pass for my campsite?

Yes additional parking passes are available for $95 plus taxes and fees.

Can I drive my car to my campsite to unload my stuff?

No, cars are not permitted in the campground. All the tents are already set up. There will be some wheeled wagons to help transport your stuff but you may have to wait as they will be in high demand.

My group is arriving at different times/days. Can we all get in?

 Yes, anyone can check in as long as they have a photocopy of the ID and the order confirmation page. Also, if you are the laminate holder and you can’t get in before your crew does (according to an official Insomniac response on this sub), your crew can go to the Box Office and get a replacement and check-in without you if they have the ID/Order/Confirmation number.

If I arrive after check-in has ended, can I still get my camping wristband?

No – you have to arrive during check in hours (12 PM – 2 AM thurs, 9 AM – 2 PM Fri/Sat). Wristbands are not available at Will Call or at the Box Office. You will have to wait until check in opens the next day.

How long does the vehicle search take?

 Cars are not searched (as of 2019) and are just sent to a parking lot. The search for car-based campers takes place on foot at a check-in booth on the west side of CampEDC.

RV’s/trailers take about 40-60 minutes from the point of getting in line to being cleared by security to park. This is a huge improvement over the 4-8 hours it took in 2018.

How thorough is the RV vehicle search?

The RV search is pretty rigorous. They open all your luggage, coolers, bags and purses. They also open all cabinets, drawers, compartments, external storage areas, drain pipes and exhaust. Any items they deem ‘iffy’ (glass cups, certain BBQ utensils) will be held in a special trailer for you to pick up when you leave at the end of EDC.

Does CampEDC have it’s own entrance to EDC itself?

Yes, there is a dedicated entrance to the festival that only campers can use.

Do campers still have to go through security to get into EDC itself?

Yes all campers will still need to go through security every time you go into the festival. Keep in mind there are items that you can bring to the campground that you can’t bring into the festival. You will also be searched when you return from the festival back into the campground.

What if I need to go to my car to get/put something?

You can go back and forth to your car, but you can’t drive your car off the campground.

How far away is the parking lot from my tent?

The parking lot is not that close to the campground. Having a rolling luggage or a caddy helps a lot.

Are the showers open 24/7?

Showers are open 24/7. They are sometimes closed for cleaning, but there will always be at least one shower trailer open.

Are the pools open 24/7?

At least one pool is open 24/7.

Can I get back to the strip from Camp EDC?

Yes, you can take Uber/Lyft to the strip and back. You can’t drive your car – if you leave you won’t be let back into the parking lot.

How big are the tents? Can I fit air mattresses inside them?

The tents are 12 ft x 12 ft. You can definitely fit a queen size air mattress inside, but fitting more than 3 singles would be tight.

How are the noise levels at Camp EDC when I’m trying to sleep?

It really depends how far your tent is from the pool / stage. The closer you are, the louder it’s going to be. The after party goes from 5 AM to 10 AM, and pool parties go from 1 PM – 6 PM. In between, there is auto-DJ music. There’s basically a party going around the clock so we highly recommend bringing earplugs.

When do the pool parties at Camp EDC start and end?

The pool parties run from 1 PM to 6 PM on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

How late do the afterparties at Camp EDC go?

The afterparties go from 5 AM to 10 AM on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday morning.

When do we have to leave Camp EDC?

Monday at 3 PM is the official check out time. Most people leave in the morning to catch flights.

What Can I / Can’t I Bring to Camping at EDC?

The prohibited item list is different for Camp EDC and the general EDC festival. We recommend reading the list closely to make sure you are aware of what you can and can’t bring to Camp EDC!

Alcohol

  • You must be 21+ to consume alcohol in the campground.
  • If entering with alcohol, you must present government-issued identification. Law enforcement will frequent the campground and randomly card campers seen drinking alcohol. Underage drinkers risk receiving a citation or even being arrested. 21+ campers are advised to carry their government-issued identification AT ALL TIMES.
  • Prohibited: Liquor above 16% ABV or glass of any kind.
  • Acceptable: Beer and alcoholic drinks under 16% ABV, up to 24 cans per person (under 12oz), or up to 5L of wine.
camp EDC interior

Camp EDC Essential Packing List

We highly recommend bringing the following items for the most comfortable camping experience. Remember: It’s only four days! Roll your clothes, and pack lightly.

  • YES 2 travel-size locks for your tent
  • YES Bicycles—don’t forget your bike lock! (Only 1 bike per person. Bring at your own risk. Bicycles left in unauthorized areas or fire lanes will be removed.)
  • YES Earplugs
  • YES Eye masks
  • YES Flags/banners/totems to distinguish your tent (see guidelines)
  • YES Folding chairs
  • YES Food and beverages/water
  • YES Ice chest/coolers
  • YES Phone charger
  • YES Reusable, official Insomniac water bottles
  • YES Sleeping bags, blankets, pillows, air mattress (Note: these items are provided with a Desert Rose camping pass).
  • YES Sunglasses, hats, and sunscreen
  • YES Towels and sandals (for use in the shower)
  • YES Trash bags

Acceptable Items at Camp EDC

These additional items are encouraged at Camp EDC:

  • YES Battery-powered candles and lanterns
  • YES Beer and alcoholic drinks under 16% ABV, up to 24 cans per person (under 12oz), or up to 5L of wine. No glass allowed.
  • YES Cell phones
  • YES Cigarettes (must be sealed upon entry)
  • YES E-cigs/vapes (refillable liquid chambers OK—must be empty upon entry)
  • YES E-juice (up to one bottle per person—must be factory-sealed upon entry)
  • YES Fanny packs
  • YES Glowing/illuminated costumes or jewelry
  • YES Glowsticks (string glowstick/LED pois, orbitals and whips are permitted but must be performed 5 feet away from others)
  • YES Gum (must be sealed at entry)
  • YES Hula hoops (especially LED hoops!)
  • YES Hydration packs with no more than two main compartments and one smaller compartment—must be empty upon entry
  • YES Ice
  • YES Juuls (one 4-pack of Juul Pods per person OK—must be sealed upon entry)
  • YES Lighters
  • YES Lip balm/gloss (must be sealed upon entry)
  • YES Makeup
  • YES Manual scooters, skateboards, longboards, bicycles
  • YES Non-amplified (acoustic) musical instruments
  • YES Non-professional flash/still cameras and hand-held video cameras (e.g., Sony Action Cam, GoPro, Polaroids)
  • YES Personal food
  • YES Personal misting fan with a bottle no larger than 1.5L (must be empty upon arrival)
  • YES Personal-size battery-powered speakers
  • YES Personal-size pool floaties (made for no more than one adult)
  • YES Plastic mirrors
  • YES Small, portable propane grills/stoves* with small tanks, up to 4 lbs per group
    (Propane bottles that are part of your RV/camping trailer’s internal system are OK, even if they exceed 4 lbs)
  • YES Sunscreen lotion (inspected upon entry)
  • YES Tampons and pads (must be sealed at entry)
  • YES Wind chairs/sofas, deflated at entry

* Only you can prevent campground fires! During your stay in the campground, please monitor all cooking devices while in use, and turn off tanks when you’re finished. If you see an unattended fire, please notify a campground staff member immediately.

Prohibited Items at Camp EDC

The following are NOT allowed at Camp EDC:

  • NO Aerosol products/cans
  • NO Bota bags
  • NO Breakable glass or acrylic mirrors (Compact makeup and shatter-proof plastic mirrors measuring less then 8″x8″ are OK)
  • NO Butane grills or accessories, such as torches
  • NO Camping wind turbines
  • NO Candles
  • NO Canopies, E-Z UPs, large umbrellas or shade structures (We will be providing plenty of shaded areas at the Mesa for you to enjoy)
  • NO Dollies or hand trucks
  • NO Drones or remote-controlled aircraft
  • NO Drugs or drug paraphernalia
  • NO Fireworks
  • NO Gas generators (Solar-powered generators OK)
  • NO Gas masks
  • NO Glass bottles (Small bottles of perfume/cologne are OK)
  • NO Hammocks
  • NO Helium balloons
  • NO Hookahs
  • NO Hydroflasks (Only official Insomniac water bottles will be allowed, empty at entry)
  • NO Illegal substances
  • NO Large chains or spiked jewelry
  • NO Large speaker systems (Sound systems are limited to USB-powered/personal portable speakers. No amplified sound systems allowed. Insomniac reserves the right to remove sound systems that do not follow these guidelines, and repeat offenders of noise complaints are subject to removal from the campground.)
  • NO Laser pointers or air horns
  • NO LED gloves or LED microlights used for light shows
  • NO Liquor above 16% ABV (Beer and alcoholic drinks OK for 21+. Must be under 16% ABV, up to 24 cans per person (under 12oz), or up to 5L of wine.)
  • NO Loose cans or beverages (Must be packaged and sealed at entry)
  • NO Loose pills without a prescription, or expired medications of any kind (All medications, prescription or otherwise, must be in their original container)
  • NO Medical or recreational marijuana
  • NO Metal stakes or hammers
  • NO Motorized vehicles of any kind, including off-road motorcycles, Segways, electric bicycles, hoverboards, powered skateboards, or scooters
  • NO Open campfires or fires/flames of any kind (Propane grills OK)
  • NO Open packs of cigarettes (upon entry)
  • NO Personal gas tanks for refueling RVs
  • NO Pets (except service animals)
  • NO Professional recording equipment—photo, video or audio (detachable lenses, tripods, big zooms or commercial-use rigs)
  • NO Promotional flyers, promotional/corporate branded banners, or vehicles displaying sponsorships or ads
  • NO Solar camping showers
  • NO Spray paint
  • NO Steel knives or other utensils deemed as weapons
  • NO Stickers, flyers
  • NO Stuffed animals or dolls
  • NO Tool boxes
  • NO Unauthorized vending of food or merchandise, including alcohol
  • NO Weapon or weapon accessories of any kind, real or fictional (including whips, lightsabers, pocket knives, pepper spray, fireworks, fake weapons/props, etc.)
  • NO Wooden items

First Time Tips for Surviving Ultra Miami

Heading to Ultra Miami for the first time? Wondering what to expect? Look no further, we’ve got you covered. As grizzled veterans of Ultra (4 years and counting) we’ve got all the essential tips you’ll need to have a great time at your first Ultra!

1. Get the Ultra Miami app

The Ultra app includes set times, festival ground maps, bathroom locations, and a bunch of other useful stuff. We highly recommend getting the app beforehand – downloading it at the festival might be tough given the number of people. You can find the iOS version here, and the Android version here.

2. Bring a portable battery / charger

There are a few charging stations available in the venue, but we highly recommend bringing your own. Alternatively, you can get a battery case for your phone. There’s nothing worse than running out of juice at the end of the festival when you’re trying to call an Uber or look for your friends!

3. Set up a meeting place / time with your friends

If you’re going to Ultra with a group, there’s a good chance you’ll get separated. People will want to go to different stages, people will need to go to the bathroom, etc. Set up times and a meeting point for people to check in every few hours. Or maybe at the end of the night.

4. Dress appropriately

Be sure to check the weather forecast. Miami is usually pretty sunny around Ultra, but there have definitely been years where it’s rained. Make sure you bring comfortable shoes.

5. Eat and Hydrate

Make sure you stay hydrated throughout the day, especially if it’s hot and you’re dancing hard. Eating is also important to fuel the dance!

6. Arrive early or later

Ultra opens at 4 PM on Friday, but people usually start lining up earlier. If you’re trying to get in without as much waiting, we recommend arriving at 5 or 6 Friday. If you want to be first to get in, you may need to start lining up as early as noon on Friday. On Sat and Sun, doors open at noon. Lines usually aren’t as bad on these days because people gradually trickle in throughout the day.

7. Leaving Ultra

In general leaving a bit before the festival ends makes it way easier to catch a ride share / taxi / drive without dealing with traffic. In general it’s usually going to be a lot more pleasant to leave earlier or hang back and wait until the crowd thin out. There will be a lot of taxis lined up by American Airlines Arena. The bus also runs 24 hours a day, for those of you heading to South Beach.

8. Travel light but bring the right gear

Check out our guide on what to bring to Ultra.

9. Make sure everyone has their ID

Ultra will check your ID at the gate, so make sure everyone has it before leaving the hotel – or else you’ll have to run back and get it.

10. Pace yourself

Like all 3 day festivals, Ultra is a marathon not a sprint!

11. Afterparties

If you’re planning on going to after parties, it’s usually much smoother if you buy your afterparty tickets in advance. You’ll end up paying less than you will at the door, and in some cases a ticket is required to get in.

Lastly, don’t over plan your day!

Enjoy the sights and sounds, go with the flow, explore the festival, and meet new friends – Ultra Miami is one of the best EDM music festivals and you’re going to have a great time!

What Should I Bring to Ultra Miami – The Ultra Essentials

If you’ve been to Ultra (or any other festival) you’re well aware that there are number of simple things to bring that can greatly enhance your festival experience. Most of these items are fairly cheap yet they can go a long way towards helping you enjoy Ultra. These are the top items we’d recommend bringing to Ultra Miami:

Camelbak

Ultra starts during the day (doors open at noon on Sat and Sun) – and it can definitely get pretty hot. Staying hydrated is essential to having a good time. There are free water refill stations throughout the festival grounds, so bringing a large Camelbak is a great way to avoid paying for bottled water and avoid waiting in the water refill lines.

Sunblock / Chapstick

As mentioned above – Ultra is more of a day time festival and you’ll be spending a lot of time in the sun. Keep applying that sunscreen and chapstick to make sure you don’t get burned! There are a few shaded areas but most of the grounds are pretty exposed.

Cheap Sunglasses

Sensing a theme here? : ) Spending a lot of time in the sun means you’ll want to bring some shades with you. There’s a good chance you might lose or destroy them, so we’d avoid bringing your designer shades.

Portable Phone Charger / Extended Battery Case

There’s nothing worse than running out of battery and losing your friends. As with all festivals, cell phones tend to struggle to find service, draining your precious battery. Having a working phone is critical especially at the end of the night when you need to call that Uber or meet up with your friends. There are a few charging stations in the festival but having your own is definitely worth the peace of mind.

Comfortable Shoes

Spending 3 days dancing can take a toll on even the most hardy feet. Between walking to the festival, walking between stages, waiting in bathroom lines, and dancing, you’re going to put a lot of miles on those shoes. Do not go in a new pair of shoes unless you’re interested in returning with blisters. Additionally, your shoes will probably be in rough shape after 3 days of Ultra.

Earplugs

Especially essential if you’re planning on getting up close and personal at the stages. Long term ear damage is no joke.

Toilet Paper / Kleenex

Essential for the ladies especially. The last thing you want is to reach over for the TP after doing your business and realizing that the roll is empty…

Hand Sanitizer / Wet Wipes

Your hands will definitely be pretty grimy after a day at the festival. Porta-potties can get really nasty. Bring some wet wipes to clean the seat or to wipe your butt. Or to clean your hands before eating.

Your Ticket

Duh! Though if you do forget this – it’s not the end of the world, as long as you have the credit card you used to purchase the ticket as well as your ID. Expect to wait in a very long line and to pay a replacement fee.

Kandi / Costumes / Flags

These are fun items to bring, but not essential. Ultra has a very relaxed dress code, and there’s definitely a PLUR atmosphere. If you’re into the rave scene, feel free to bring some Kandi to trade with others. Ultra is also a very international festival – people from all over the world rep their flags at Ultra!

What Items Can I Bring to Ultra Miami?

Things that you can bring to Ultra Miami:

  • Yes to hydration packs that are not backpacks (empty upon entry)
  • Yes to bags made of clear plastic, clear vinyl, or clear PVC (not exceeding 13”x17”)
  • Yes to one-gallon clear, plastic zip-top bag
  • Yes to fanny packs
  • Yes to small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap is allowed
  • Yes to cell phones
  • Yes to sunglasses and hats
  • Yes to illuminated or glowing jewelry or costumes
  • Yes to sealed packs of cigarettes upon entry
  • Yes to non-professional cameras
  • Yes to action cameras, such as GoPro’s
  • Regarding action cameras – yes to strap headwear or non-extendable sticks
  • Yes to earplugs
  • Yes to flags and banners (no corporate or company branding; no hard poles)
  • Yes to powdered make-up
  • Yes to feminine products (sealed upon entry)
  • Yes to prescription medication (you must have the prescription/label in your name with you)

Things you can’t bring to Ultra Miami (prohibited items):

  • No illegal or illicit substances, drugs, or drug paraphernalia
  • No weapons of any kind including, but not limited to, pocket knives and self-defense sprays
  • No flammable items or liquids including aerosols and fireworks
  • No markers, pens or spray paint
  • No backpacks, purses, or bags allowed except bags made of clear plastic, clear vinyl, or clear PVC not exceeding 13”x17”
  • No stuffed animals
  • No facial masks
  • No outside food or beverage including alcohol
  • No bottles, cans, canteens, flasks, or coolers
  • No opened over the counter medication or eye drops
  • No opened packs of cigarettes or tampons
  • No pacifiers, glow sticks
  • No balloons, balls, inflatable balls, Frisbees or flying disks
  • No umbrellas, chairs, blankets, sleeping bags or tents
  • No bicycles, skateboards, hover-boards, scooters, or personal motorized vehicles
  • No drones or unmanned aerial vehicles
  • No animals except for service animals assisting an individual with a disability
  • No large chains, chained wallets or spiked jewelry
  • No laser pens, laser pointers, or similar focused light devices
  • No water guns, squirt guns, spray bottles or misters
  • No musical instruments, noisemakers or air horns
  • No professional cameras, flash cameras or video and audio recording equipment, or camera poles
  • No poles, sticks, or “totems”
  • Additional items may be prohibited at the discretion of law enforcement or security officials.

Visit our Ultra Miami Guide for more info on Ultra!

Ultra Taiwan Returns in November 2020

Ultra Music Festival has taken a backseat after becoming the first major festival domino to fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic in early March. In a statement issued on October 5, organizers of Ultra Taiwan—a licensed Ultra Worldwide member—announced an unanticipated sophomore return to Taipei for November 14, 2020.

Taiwan has had one of the best coronavirus responses, with 527 total cases and 7 deaths. Life in this Asian island has returned to normal, with a lively nightlife and concert scene.

Having first debuted in 2018, Road to Ultra Taiwan previously skipped its 2019 iteration but is officially returning this fall. Alesso, Kayzo, SLANDER, Vini Vici and a handful of other supporting acts will hit the decks this November as Taiwan’s festival season continues to power on as other parts of the world continue their attempts to stop COVID-19.

Tickets available here.

Bonnaroo Officially Postponed to Sept 2021

Bonnaroo organizers have postponed the festival’s dates for a third time in response to COVID-19.

Originally scheduled for mid-June of 2021, Bonnaroo will now take place from September 2 – 5, 2021. Bonnaroo coordinators have assured ticket-holders that refunds will be allotted to those who do not wish to roll over their passes for the rescheduled dates.

Excitingly, the new dates will be in accordance with the festival’s 20th anniversary. More information on Bonnaroo 2021’s lineup and camping details are to come.

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Electric Zoo 2021 Phase One Lineup Announced

With sights set on 2021, Electric Zoo officially announces it’s 2021 phase one lineup. Billed next year as Electric Zoo Supernaturals, New York’s marquee festival returns to Randalls Island Park with fan favorites like Illenium, Kaskade, deadmau5 under his Testpilot moniker, Grammy-nominated Alesso.

Phase one thoroughly covers a broad spectrum of dance music, lining up a weekend of charged performances, including big names such as Seven Lions, Alan Walker, Deorro, Shiba San, Duke Dumont, and Zeds Dead. What’s more—those attending Electric Zoo’s twelfth rendition will be treated to a special sunset performance from Tiësto himself.

More than just a juicy talent roster, the 2021 lineup for Electric Zoo Supernaturals also lives up to the event’s commitment to representing the often unappreciated diversity of the industry. Kevin Mitchell, the festival’s Senior Director of Talent comments,

“While we are beyond excited to share the first phase of Electric Zoo’s 2021 artist lineup, we are even happier to report a nearly 50 percent year-to-year increase of artists who exemplify our continued commitment to deliver lineups that embody the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.”

Electric Zoo Supernaturals is scheduled for Labor Day Weekend, September 3 – 5, with tickets on sale now. See the full phase one lineup below.