Wednesday, August 8, 2012
What to bring to ID Fest on Friday – besides glow-in-the-dark paint, of course
The EDM fest will be a sweaty dance party. Come prepared.
DALLAS One of the biggest traveling electronic music festivals in the country, Identity Festival, lands in Dallas this weekend, bringing pulsing underground electronic dance beats and heavy bass lines to the eager masses of Big D.
ID Fest, as it’s called, celebrates the growing underground music movement that has been making its way to the mainstream. Artists from all over the globe like Kerli, Nero, and Eric Prydz – who overcame his fear of flying to return to the United States after a five year absence – will get sweaty bodies moving at Gexa Energy Pavilion on Friday.
Electronic Dance Music, or EDM as it is known in the clubs, has evolved over several decades. Unlike most popular music, EDM doesn’t stop to take a breath between each song; it continuously flows into the next track without skipping a beat, keeping the party going without disjointed disconnection. Many sub genres exist under the vast umbrella of EDM, most notably house music, drum and base, and dubstep – the red-headed stepchild some music fans love to hate.
Eric Prydz: “Call On Me”
Kerli: “Zero Gravity”
Wolfgang Gartner with Deadmau5: “Animal Rights”
Hardwell with Tiesto: “Zero 76”
Eva Simons: “I Don’t Like You”
Audrey Napoleon: “Poison”
For lovers of the genre, the music is all about creativity. “You can pick any tempo, any key, and any sound you can create or record and place it under one name: EDM,” said Frisco EDM producer Taylor Thomas. “It’s the diversity that makes it so appealing.”
At 17, Thomas will be the youngest artist onstage at ID. Thomas sees the Dallas music scene as a blank canvas for EDM to brush its neon-colored glow-in-the-dark paint upon.
“Almost every city has its own genre, and I see Dallas as unidentified, so hopefully with the help from some other local talents, we can stake a claim in the EDM world,” Thomas said.
What to bring
- Gexa Energy Pavilion
1818 1st Avenue
- Age limit: All ages $25
It is going to be a sweltering August afternoon, so bring one factory sealed plastic bottle of water (20 oz. maximum), and an empty re-useable water bottle to fill.
To avoid looking like an overcooked lobster, bring sunscreen. Sunglasses, too.
Scrimp on high-priced food and bring your own. The festival allows a 1-gallon clear plastic bag of food per person. Get creative.
Camelbaks are allowed but must be empty upon entry. No sneaking in alcohol.
Costumes are permitted and a must, just be smart about the outfit you choose. You don’t want anything too hot that will weigh you down. Fairy wings and neon colors are never out of style. Don’t forget your hula hoops, glow sticks, LED gloves, and glitter, either.
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