Some EDC moments are ubiquitous: the jaw drop at electric art installations, the PLUR-ific exchanging of kandi beads, the collective “Oh!” when you and your friends finally spot the DJ on a massive stage. But others are unpredictable, requiring just the right who, what and when to make you say “WTF?” and walk away wondering if that actually just happened. Here we present a sampling of such moments from this year’s festival, mixed in with a few made-up (a la the icebreaker game two truths and a lie.) Read on to see if you can tell the difference. Answers are listed at the bottom.
a. A shirtless man with the word “TRANCE” tattooed on his back in all caps danced in booty shorts to Disclosure’s “When a Fire Starts to Burn.”
b. A couple dressed as Mr. and Ms. Pacman chowed down on burgers in front of the glowing caterpillar art installation.
c. Krewella dropped a remix of the White Stripe’s bass-heavy “Seven Nation Army” at the Circuit Grounds.
a. A duo donning Mario and Luigi outfits searched for their missing mustaches at the lost and found.
b. The “Festy Tattoos” booth in Carnival Square bumped rapper Fetty Wap’s “My Way” on their speakers.
c. A couple wore only black leather harnesses and pasties … and was leashed to one another.
a. Pretty Lights invited Canadian singer Kiesza to perform her hit “Hideaway” during his set.
b. One kandi-koated rave girl braided another’s hair while kneeling in a corner of the Funk House.
c. Dozens of festivalgoers sang along to the Killers’ “Mr. Brightside” when Mako slipped a remix into his set.
a. Two guys wearing capes sang rapper Fetty Wap’s “My Way” while the song wasn’t even playing.
b. A dramatized fistfight broke out between two male dancers in the Funk House when Z-Trip played Ludacris’ “Move Bitch.”
c. One girl dropped her cellphone while riding the carnival swings. No one was injured, but the phone was toast.
a. DJ Dr. Fresch fist pumped while holding a mannequin leg wrapped in kandi during Hotel Garuda’s set at Stage 7.
b. Two men dressed in furry teddy bear costumes took their heads off to catch some air while waiting in line for the ferris wheel.
c. Two cops shimmied and two-stepped when Duke Dumont wrapped his
set with “I Got U.”
a. Dash Berlin referred to Darude’s “Sandstorm,” as the “Free Bird” of electronic music.
b. A man dressed in a red Power Ranger costume worked up a sweat and attempted to take off his shirt, then remembered he’s wearing a onesie and put his sleeves back on.
c. One female attendee decided to show up in a Calvin Klein bra and matching underwear. Nothing else.
a. Above & Beyond invited actor Bryan Cranston onstage for their song named after his Breaking Bad character “Walter White.”
b. Three men dressed as Pikachu group hugged during a flash of fireworks.
c. A group of Where’s Waldos distributed red and white striped 3-D printed glasses that turned every flash of light into a prism of color.
Lies: 1b, 2a, 3a, 4c, 5c, 6a, 7b