I have never been to a music festival, as typically, larger crowds of people (for more than an evening or afternoon) aren’t my thing. Friends of mine that have made this a side hobby, say that it makes you appreciate not just what you have in your own life, but those around you as well. They weren’t wrong.
Naturally, the “stigma” associated with a festival, especially an EDM one, is that it’s drug and alcohol-fueled, which many chalk up to dangerous behaviors, and unsafe environments. While the first two were present, the last two weren’t seen even once. Instead, this is what I saw:
- People dancing everywhere, smiling and laughing
- These same people celebrating themselves and others, for who they are, not what they looked like
- These same people bringing their artistic talents to life
- These same people actually said “excuse me” or “I’m sorry” if they bumped into you (politeness)
- More security than all rappers combined
- Enough music in every direction to not feel as though you’re being overcrowded
Sure, there was a lot of people watching, and the majority of the festival-goers were not my brand of style. However, there wasn’t a moment of feeling unsafe, judged, or otherwise bothered.
As for the Music
My friends and I were there to support DJ MLEM, which if you are an avid reader of this blog, know who he is. He played three sets in two days, which allowed us to not only spend time listening to his great mixes, but also allowed us to meet (and hear) some of the most talented EDM artists, such as Chris Lake, Destructo (thanks for letting me dance on the stage – I finally got to check something off my bucket list), Autograf, Keys n’ Krates, Bad Ginger, and many more.
Take a look at some of the videos from their performances below, as well as a slideshow of pics. At the bottom of the post are some recommendations.
DJ MLEM and Julius Jetson B2B in the VIP Lounge
Chris Lake at City of Dreams, Hosted by Nu Androids
Keys n’ Krates on the Main Stage
Autograf at City of Dreams, Hosted by Nu Androids
Note: For a full set of Dreamscape videos, click here.
- If possible, either book a cabin early or book a room at Days Inn Perryville. The hotel is a 14-mile drive, but if you have a DD, it’s worth it. It’s also about $70 a night.
- The parking passes are $40
- Get the open bar VIP package, skip the food (Super VIP package). They never listed cafeteria times, so we always missed the food. They have a food pavilion instead – you can also bring your own.
- Take out lots of cash, and do it off site. By Day 2, one of the ATMs was broken
- Bring extra toilet paper, or even the travel rolls – you will thank me later
- If you end up booking a room in Perryville, the Hollywood Casino is one mile away. The Green Turtle restaurant is 24 hours. (You could also win some cash like I did!) Walking distance from that hotel is also Denny’s (breakfast) and a large Exxon Tiger Mart.
- Bring a battery pack to charge your cell phone – one of the smartest things I did!
- Definitely attend at least once – while it’s different than most festivals (so I’m told), the music was worth the attendance