9 Things We Learned at Wet Electric 2014
|The enormous crowd at Talking Stick Resort during Wet Electric.|
8. Wet Electric is Better Over Two Days
A one-day EDM festival loaded up with talented DJs and producers can be quite fantastic. Spectacular even. But when you make it two days, it gets even better. It allows a bigger lineup, longer sets, and -- let's face it -- another chance to rage. And in the case of Wet Electric 2014, Sunday's party Talking Stick was an instantaneous makeup day for anyone who was shivering or reluctant to stay in the water at Big Surf on Saturday because of unseasonably cooler temps. Tickets for day one even got people access to day two, which was a wise move in retrospect by promoters.
The outdoor stage at Talking Stick.
7. Talking Stick Needs to Host More Big EDM Events
At most EDM-infused pool parties around town, DJs do their thing under a small tent or awning. At Wet Electric, they got to perform on enormous stage equipped by a huge LED wall and killer sound system. While admittedly, it was installed for Talking Stick's summertime concert series -- which kicks off this week and includes the likes of Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Staind, and Collective Soul -- Wet Electric's organizers got to reap the benefit.
And since its performers were elevated and the resort's pool area is flat, the sightlines were generally excellent (save for a few trees here and there). Plus, the 14-floor hotel tower not only contains the sound fairly well, it offers a lot shade from the sun. If you're game to see more marquee-level DJs at Talking Stick, you won't be waiting long -- Crystal Method, Bad Boy Bill, and Richard Vission are scheduled to spin there over Memorial Day Weekend.