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Behind the Construction of EDC’s Biggest Stage

by Arad Javaheri
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Insomniac is well known for the biggest and best festivals in the world. Founded in 1993 by Pasquale Rotella, Insomniac has always been a pioneer in stage production and putting the attendee’s experience at the top of their priority list. EDC Las Vegas 2016 was my first EDC experience, I immediately fell in love with the over the top massive stages.

To my luck, EDC was celebrating its 20th birthday that year and the stages were newer and bigger than ever. With a never before done 360-degree Circuit Grounds design and Cosmic Meadow taller and bigger than ever. In a world of lights and massive stages, one-piece still stood out as the clear centerpiece of it all. Kinetic Temple standing at over 440ft across and 100ft high, with every inch decorated with bright lights and encapsulating design.

What is the budget for EDC Las Vegas?

Pasquale Rotella: $45M to $50M for Las Vegas. This is the largest EDC that we produce, it’s a lot different than when we are in New York or Orlando. Those can be $5M to $7M.

How long does it take to set up EDC Las Vegas?

With eight stages on 600 acres, the festival takes a month to set up.

How many workers working at EDC Las Vegas?

At its peak around 5,000 workers help make EDC the most special event in the world.

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EDC’s biggest stage?

At 440ft wide and 100 feet tall, Kinetic Field is the largest, most expensive stage at EDC.

How many lights, lasers, and pyros on main stage EDC?

26 lasers, 33 pyro cannons, and 1,400 light fixtures.

A lot of time is spent making sure the stage design is able to be transported around the world. After debuting at EDC Las Vegas, Kinetic Field is broken into pieces and transported through ocean containers and trucks to its next destination. Before doors open for EDC, Pasquale and the Insomniac team are already hard at work planning next year’s experience. Tell us about your favorite EDC stage in the comments below!

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