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An artist’s rendering of the Camp EDC pools
and environmental/human rights activist — and she’s renowned for her unique Afro- urban, capoeira-inspired flow”) as well as Live Band Vinyasa: “Continue your adrena- line kick from the EDC grounds or take a moment and meditate during this vibey set. Drishti Beats, a family of six, brings you vinyasa flow movement paired with live singing, saxophone and percussion.”
With their focus on well-being, Insom- niac officials say they take seriously any accusations of sexual harassment. A Teen Vogue story detailing sexual assault and harassment allegations at last month’s Coachella Music Festival has prompted an online petition calling on music festivals to take a stand on the issue.
“We have a zero tolerance policy toward sexual harassment and are continuously re-evaluating our policies and procedures to keep our guests safe,” says Maren Steiner, Insomniac’s health and safety director. “Guests behaving outside of those terms will be evicted from the festival and turned over to local authorities if the situa- tion warrants.”
At the campsite, those not wishing to sleep in tents can drive up in an RV. Power and water facilities will be on-site. There will also be two pools with tiki bars.
“There will be nightly pool parties with different crews and collectives every night,” Thomas says. “Insomniac Records, Space Yacht and Brownies & Lemonade, as well as a Thursday night kickoff party with Excision, Habstrakt and G Jones.”
But the best campsite-related news comes from Liu, who proudly says the restrooms will all be flushable. Meaning no stinky Porta-Potties in the desert heat.
More Camp EDC activities:
Flash Mob Choreography: Take part in a hooping flash mob with the Hooptown Hotties, an L.A.-based hoopdance team that melds hula-hooping and contempo- rary dance with show-stopping moves, synchronicity and high-energy sass.
OM Vibes Only: Om Vibes Only creates conscious gatherings incorporating power yoga, live deep house DJ sets, and high- vibe food, mocktails and/or juices.
Rave Aerobics: FitnessPalooza’s explo- sion of energetic moves starts your day with an extra pump.
Rave Booty Boot Camp: Steph Haven’s all-encompassing class will work a little “extra perk into your rave booty!” Zumba is mixed with pilates, ending with a deep stretch and meditation.
Expression Through Sound: Music Alli- ance Academy and Studio DMI present an all-star panel of music industry pros discussing their own journeys through the music business. They’ll provide guidance and advice for up-and-coming artists,
as well as insight on how to increase productivity in any artistic field through conscious holistic practices.
Kiss Addiction Goodbye: Mary-Margaret Stratton helps you support your recovery and address addictive and compulsive be- haviors through holistic natural nutrition and mindful behavior modification.
Divine Goddess Celebration — Vaidehi Amair: Explore interactive partner work, as well as a fun, sexy movement practice while learning about the masculine and feminine sides within.
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GlampinG at EDC
Courtesy InsomnIaC events
TSpend the weekend in an on-site luxury tent or an RV and beat the traffic
every year when EDC ends, with a view to says health and wellness is an important
improving the experience the following part of the EDC experience.
his year’s Electric Daisy year. The campsite is one idea that took, “You’re dancing all night from dusk Carnival in Vegas will says Rich Thomas, Insomniac vice presi- to dawn, bouncing around from stage
include an option to camp dent of culture and content. to stage. It was important for us to make at the festival for the first “Our fans love to camp,” Thomas says. health and wellness as big a part of Camp time since the event began “Pasquale is always inspired by other EDC as it is with the actual festival,” he in 1991. The area, located festivals that he goes to, like Eclipse and says. “We wanted to include a nice selec- next to the event’s main Burning Man. He’s always wanted to try to tion of transformational wellness events,
gates at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, figure out how to bring something like that where people can reset their minds and has been dubbed Camp EDC. to EDC.” bodies with some juice and some medita-
By Brett Callwood
Pasquale Rotella, the brains behind Insomniac, which organizes EDC, has been planning to introduce camping to the EDC experience for a couple of years, says Yvonne Liu, Insomniac’s festival opera- tions and experience specialist. “He loves the atmosphere of a campground, and the community is unbeatable,” Liu says.
Organizers also hope the addition of a campsite will help alleviate the terrible traffic conditions that attendees have sometimes had to deal with in the past.
Some may wonder about camping in Las Vegas, where temperatures typically soar. “It’s something that’s never been done before in Vegas. Now that we’ve moved
the dates to May [from the usual June], it’s actually possible because the temperature is so much nicer,” Liu says. “Typically, we’re a bucket-list event. People want to come and do it, and then they’ll cross it off their list. We want to provide more than that, so Pasquale started working on a lot of ideas.”
New ideas are considered and discussed
The camping at EDC won’t be a tradi- tional festival popup tent setup. The dome- like tents, called ShiftPod2’s, are already erected. All campers will have AstroTurf floors, a four-port USB strip, interior string lights and their own air conditioning
unit. Higher-tier campers will find their ShiftPod2 outfitted with an inflatable mat- tresses and bedding.
“The most important thing for us was to create a safe and regulated environment,” Thomas says. “It’s not your traditional popup tent campground. We’ll have everything set up for you. For the past year, we’ve been setting up these ShiftPods at our various festivals and testing them out. We’ve even had one set up on our balcony for what feels like forever.”
A number of activities are planned for the campsite — everything from Rave Booty Boot Camp to Hula Hoop 101. Three large tents will be erected — one for relax- ing and hanging out, one for workshops and one for meditation and yoga. Thomas
tion and oils before they go back out and go to work.”
With a show that is largely focused on partying and raging, the campsite and activities can help change the focus, Liu says. “A lot of our headliners [Insomniac- speak for attendees] are younger — 18 to 28 — so there are a lot of young minds that we’re able to start shaping. It’s a privilege to be able to present this to them and have them maybe find things that they’ve never explored, like chakra balancing.”
Traditional yoga sessions are planned, veteran DJ Marques Wyatt will do a deep house yoga session called Deep Exhale, and there will even be “goat yoga” — “in L.A. it’s all the trend,” Liu says.
Other activities include AcroThera- peutics: Partner Massage, defined thus: “Honor your inner healer as Andrew Sealy walks you through Thai partner massage and therapeutic acroyoga flying.”
There’s the Afro Urban Flow session (“Amy Secada is a multidisciplinary artist
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