A few months ago we applied for a volunteer position at EDC in Milton Keynes through festaff and after what felt like an incredibly long wait, the time came to pack our camping gear and set off to the National Bowl. Insomniac’s EDC is huge in America and it has began to spread to Mexico, Brazil and a couple of years ago it came to the UK, much to our enjoyment! Festaff were lucky enough to be able to camp on the Friday and Saturday night in the park as to not miss any action. Once we had arrived and set up we all got given our roles and without a doubt we landed the best one we could get; ours was to walk the performers from their dressing room to each stage and be their PA’s for the day.
The rest of the Friday night was spent eating and drinking on the bank overlooking the sound and light checks which were happening on the main stage, soon to be Kinetic Field. No one could wait for the next day where we would soon be Under the Electric Sky…
Saturday morning came and so did our shift. We met with the girls and had a run through of what the job entailed which was mainly to keep the Clowns safe as they preformed and moved from stage to stage. It was great seeing the magic and craziness of the Insomniac performers as they interacted with the crowd just like we’d see from the shows in America. Before the girls went to preform at each stage we sat down with them for lunch and were lucky enough to be along side Steve Aoki, who had an mad, caked up performance on the main stage later on in the day. The girls were from Colorado and Miami and all said how great the English crowd were in terms of being so care free and fashionable with their festival wear.
We took the girls through the crowds to the first stage they were to preform at (Cosmic Meadow) and got in front of the barricades to insure they were dancing for the correct amount of time. Getting in front row at each stage was one hell of a job perk! After a quick sit down and drink we escorted the Clowns to the next two before they hit the main stage just as Hardwell was preforming. As the girls prepared themselves Hardwell finished his set and came down for a quick hello and picture – as you can’t not get one with the current number 1 DJ! As we got the Clowns ready to go Sick Individuals came on. And once again we were lucky enough to get a mad view. We spent a bit of time looking out onto the huge crowd then ran round in front of the barricades to time the girls. Before heading back to the performers tent we got a quick wave from Carnage who was due on after the duo.
We didn’t want our shift to end, it had been an incredible few hours but now was time to go into the arena as pundits. We grabbed some drinks, went to meet DuckworthSound and headed to Circuit Grounds to see Sub Focus and Pendulum for our Drum and Bass fix. The night was ended all too quickly as we sprinted to Kinetic Field to see the last half of Tiesto’s set. The stage looks amazing in the day with the fountains, owls, flowers and smoke machines but at night is like a different world. The work that went into it was insane. The lights, lasers, graphics, flames, everything, was magical. We ran down the bank and through the crowd to get right into the action for the last half an hour, lucky enough to catch Adagio for Strings, a strong favourite of any Tiesto fan.
The night was drawing to a close and we soon had to make it back to the tents where we carried on the party but we could all agree that nothing was to compare to being Under the Electric Sky.
Until next time EDC…