January 28, 2023

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Will EDC Orlando Expansion Rival Miami Music Week?

EDC Orlando is just days away and promises a very solid lineup of DJs and artists. The once two-day affair in central Florida expanded to three days a few years ago and has only benefited since. From Above & Beyond, Rezz, Green Velvet and more, the diversity of the line-up is seemingly endless. But as I prepared to see what’s going on around town over the weekend, I realized how Orlando was going to be blown away by EDM (one of the reasons we included it on this list of festivals coming up before the end of the year should be visited).

Aside from being the biggest concert event in the area, EDC Orlando has tons of after-parties with some of the festival’s headliners starting tomorrow. This starts on Thursday with a pre-party with Kaskade at Vanguard and ends on Sunday with Charlotte De Witte at Celine. Meanwhile, there’s a smaller hotel music festival called Home Bass with more EDM artists playing on the same weekend.

That led me to compare this level of polished EDM-ness to another Florida weekend of dance music bliss: Miami Music Week. Down in Miami, the Ultra Music Festival reigns supreme as the premiere event. But countless after-parties and hotel parties pop up with insane casts. Even competing, smaller festivals pop up around the same time as No Sugar Added events in Miami Beach. This begs the question, will Insomniac’s presence cement an annual Orlando Music Week?

Now, I’m not saying Orlando gives Miami a fight for his money. Miami Music Week rules South Florida and possibly the country as one of the biggest weeks of music festival weeks. Some events at the MMW start on the Tuesday before the big shows of the weekend.

Orlando is not at that level. But they could grow in that direction.

The last time I attended EDC Orlando was in 2017. In our review, I mentioned how the presence of local, native talent across the state greatly contributed to its outstanding success. But what I thought was a great opportunity for local artists is growing with ever greater opportunities. As fan demand explodes in the Orlando scene, the region could become a new hotspot for house heads, bass heads and everyone in between to gather and see the latest and greatest the industry has to offer .

EDC Orlando may never reach the same level as its flagship edition over in Las Vegas, but it will be a close number two.

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