Wet Electric: A Field Guide to This Weekend's Event
It's time to drop a little knowledge on y'all: According to the eggheads of acoustic science, sound waves tend to travel much more efficiently through water than through air. And the practical upshot of this particular factoid? If you somehow wind up underwater at either of the this weekend's two Wet Electric pool parties -- either after taking a trip down a waterslide or after getting dunked by a frenemy -- you won't miss a single second of all the club bangers, and remixes being blasted.
Benjamin Leatherman The scene in wave pool during Wet Electric in October 2013.
And believe us, there will be a lot of music to soak up during both editions of the two-day festival.
Part one of Wet Electric takes place tomorrow and will encompass the entirety of Big Surf in Tempe, followed by a second day of bomb tracks, killer drops, and epic tracks around the pool at Scottsdale's Talking Stick Resort.
More than a dozen superstar DJs and EDM artists in total and a collection of local talents are scheduled to perform at Wet Electric, and the array of sounds will be both varied and diverse. Highlights include progressive house gurus Thomas Gold, trance king Dash Berlin, club fiends Manufactured Superstars, crunkstep creator Crizzly, and a tag team between house wunderkind Stonebridge and drummer Ricky Rocks. And that's just on Saturday.
Just to make sure you're fully prepared for both parties, here's a rundown on all the necessary details, as well as a few tips.
Price: $75 for general admission to Saturday (with $25 extra for an "express pass" allowing you to skip the lines). It also included admission to Talking Stick on Sunday.
Age Limits: Sadly, both parties are strictly 21-and-over affairs.
Getting There: Hit up the 101 for both parties. Exit at McKellips for Big Surf and at Indian Bend Road for Talking Stick. Expect to pay $5-$10 for parking on Saturday.
Weather: Keep your eyes on the skies on Saturday, as the current forecast includes partly cloudy skies and a slight chance of rain, as well as temps in the mid-70s. On Sunday, however, it will be mostly sunny.
Bring: A party-hearty attitude and a love for EDM. And since it's essentially a pool party writ large, all the usual accessories are allowed (sunblock, towels, sunglass, hats, earplugs, etc.). Oh, and your ID is a good idea too.
Don't Bring: Because it's a pool party and not a concert festival, you can forget about bringing along cans, coolers, outside food or beverages, chairs, tents, pets, or even hackey sacks and whatnot. Ditto for anything dangerous like weapons, fireworks, chains, spray paint, explosives (!!), or firearms (!!!). And don't worry about either beach balls or lasers, since organizers will provide an abundance of both.