EDC Vegas may still be the flagship Insomniac event, but a smaller spin-off has become its own force of nature. It’s suitable for a festival set in a state threatened by hurricanes, heat waves with scolding sunburns and the dreaded Florida Man. Thankfully, this festival is in November, away from hurricanes and the worst of the Florida sun. No promises on Florida Man though…but expect a lot of happy ravers.


EDC returns to Orlando next weekend, this time running three days and spanning five stages. EDC Orlando launched nearly nine years ago in May 2011 at Tinker Field, with artists such as Skrillex, Calvin Harris and Goldie on the lineup. Flash forward to 2019: EDC Orlando is still at Tinker Field, but has expanded to be almost a new event entirely.

Last Friday, EDC Orlando announced the festival’s daily lineup by stage, and it’s exciting to see the breadth of talent on display. From pure EDM to rolling tech house, EDC Orlando’s lineups and stages have something for everyone.

Need help deciding who to see? We’d like to help. We picked our favorite artists for each stage, three for each of the bigger stages (kineticFIELD, circuitGROUNDS and neonGARDEN) and bonus picks for the two smaller stages (the debut of stereoBLOOM and the Wide Awake Art Car). Check out our picks below!

kineticFIELD

deadmau5

Deadmau5 made his EDC debut this past EDC Vegas, bringing elements of his new live show along with tunes fitting his deeper testpilot alias. We expect a similar display for EDC Orlando, but interestingly he’ll play kineticFIELD instead of cosmicMEADOW this time. This stage normally focuses on the original EDC production rather than an artist’s unique production, so we’re curious how his set turns out. Deadmau5 also rarely plays Florida outside of Ultra, so this makes for a rare appearance from a legendary artist.

REZZ

REZZ‘s rise to popularity is nothing to second guess. In 2017, REZZ played an early afternoon slot at kineticFIELD. Two years later, she has become of the top producers and live performers in EDM, accompanied by a loyal fanbase and plenty of new music (a new album and EP, specifically). We hope she plays at night this go-around, equipped with her psychedelic, frantic visuals.

i_o

Speaking of fast rising producers, i_o has become one of EDM’s greatest success stories. i_o has managed to do the seemingly impossible: bring underground sounds and styles to main stages and EDM fans. Even with collabs with artists such as Jauz, i_o takes the best of EDM and Drumcode-style techno and creates his own unique blend. For fans curious to dip their toes in the deeper side of the pool without jumping in headfirst, i_o is for you.

circuitGROUNDS

Eric Prydz

Another tough artist to catch in Florida outside of Ultra and Miami Music Week, Eric Prydz makes his sweet return to EDC Orlando. Prydz last played EDC Orlando in 2016, and there’s a lot that’s happened since then. Prydz has fleshed out his deeper Cirez D alias, not to mention released three albums worth of his progressive Pryda material. As usual, we anticipate Prydz’s set to merge all of his musical sides together for a memorable experience.

Nora En Pure

The progressive queen makes her official EDC Orlando debut this year. Nora En Pure‘s original tracks and remixes evoke a sense of brisk sunshine and soft waves, a perfect soundtrack for a festival set in Florida. Her sets are dynamic, able to fit both the day and night scenery. However, we hope to see her in the dark so we can see how her music suits the massive circuitGROUNDS production.

13

Thanks to artists like REZZ, 1788-L and Blanke, glitchy, wubby, static bass and house music has taken EDM by storm. 13 is one of the rising stars innovating in this sonic spectrum, with releases on Deadmau5’s Mau5trap label to boot. He previously played circuitGROUNDS at EDC Vegas this year, so we look forward to the rising artist’s return to arguably the best EDC stage.

neonGARDEN

ANNA

House and techno continue to provide a fertile ground for female producers and DJs. Case in point? The up-and-coming Brazilian ANNA has raised her profile considerably as of late, including an amazing Jon Hopkins remix and great singles on the esteemed Kompakt label. She once again joins Adam Beyer and gang for a Drumcode takeover at neonGARDEN—she did the same in Vegas this year—and we can’t wait for the booming basslines.

Tiga b2b DJ Tennis

EDC loves to present unexpected b2bs, and one b2b in particular will light up neonGARDEN. Alumnus Tiga returns to play alongside DJ Tennis, a new EDC Orlando entrant. Both artists skate between house, tech house and techno, so we wonder how their styles will come together for the EDC crowd. We’re not even sure if the two have ever played together before, so this could go down as a historic one.

Charlotte de Witte

There’s no faster rising star in techno than Charlotte de Witte right now. The Belgian producer and DJ used to make EDM as Raving George, but has since gone fully into dark, rolling techno. Her rise has included a brand new label called KNTXT, b2bs and collabs with the likes of Chris Liebing and touring all over the world. This marks Charlotte’s EDC Orlando debut, but even newbies will get entranced by her hypnotic sounds.

stereoBLOOM

VNSSA

DirtyBird has become the record label of the moment thanks to stars such as Fisher, Claude VonStroke and Justin Martin. But an up-and-comer named VNSSA is quickly taking claim as one of the label’s best artists. Her releases skirt the typical DirtyBird sounds with deeper elements, and her DJ sets swiftly bounce around genres. She’s a perfect fit for the stereoBLOOM’s first year at EDC Orlando.

Wide Awake Art Car

Sian

Sian has been in the underground scene for a while, founding the renown Octopus Recordings and touring the world. He also is linked to Mau5trap, deadmau5’s record label hosting the Wide Awake Art Car on Saturday. Deadmau5 has played plenty of Sian records in his testpilot sets, as well as releasing Sian’s EPs Ultraviolet 1.0 and  Ultraviolet 2.0 on the Mau5trap label. Sian brings a heavier sound to Mau5trap, and we can’t imagine anything lighter for his EDC Orlando set.

To see the full EDC Orlando lineup and to get your tickets before they sell out, head to the EDC Orlando website. See you next week!

Cover Photo: Calder Wilson for Insomniac Events