Saturday the IDentify Fest returns to town to once again take EDM out of the dark of the club and into the light of day. Your humble blog writer missed last year's show, so I'm curious to see how well glowsticks work during the daylight.
While this year may not feature big names like Pretty Lights and Steve Aoki, that doesn't mean the lineup isn't impressive. Top tier acts this year include the dupstep-loving guys in Nero, electro-house maestro Wolfgang Gartner, and 20-year-old Skrillex-affiliated complextro mastermind known as Porter Robinson (that's three drinks for those playing at home).
That said, the night really belongs to main-stage headliner Eric Prydz. All I really know about the guy is that he makes different variations of house music and he hates flying, so I hit Spotify a made a playlist of some of his remixes to get me up to speed. Check out the following tracks and read on as I overanalyze the list of things we're allowed to bring to the venue.
"Flashback (Eric Prydz Remix)," Calvin Harris
While debating what I wanted to take with me to the show tomorrow I decided to hit up the official ID festival Web site and see if they had any insight on what was allowed. Being the nice people they are, they include a handy-dandy list of all things we can and cannot bring, with a note that things are "subject to local venue discretion,"
While I was sure the staff at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion would be cool with the entire list (except for maybe the hula hoops) I thought I better check just to be sure. Good thing I did."Nice (Eric Prydz Mix)," Duran Duran
No purses, backpacks, or bags of any kind? You mean we have to hold our stuff in our hands or, even worse, wear cargo shorts? I'm not sure where the CWMP crew expects people in tutus and short-shorts to carry their water bottles and glowsticks, but maybe those furry boots the kids wear have secret compartments I don't know about.
Seriously though, I know most of us are fine with leaving our mace and spikes at home, but when did the powers that be decide we were too immature to have bags to hold stuff?
"Personal Jesus (Eric Prydz Remix)," Depeche Mode
Then there is the "no blankets, tarps, towels, or lawn chairs" rule. On one hand that's good, because if people were allowed to bring those things it would be awkward because they wouldn't be allowed to bring them in a bag.
On the other hand it's going to be in the low 90s come Saturday afternoon, and having a towel sure would be handy to wipe ourselves down with.
Clearly the people over at CWMP aren't Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy fans.
"Proper Education," Eric Prydz vs Pink Floyd
I do think that it's pretty funny that CWMP has to go out of their way to tell us that iPads and Kindles aren't allowed. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad that it's a rule. Standing behind someone trying to record the show on their phone is annoying enough as it is so I can imagine how infuriating it must be to try and enjoy yourself when someone is trying to capture the show with a tablet.
My question is this: are enough people doing this to warrant its own separate paragraph warning? I've been to a lot of shows over the last two years and I can only think of one show where someone was on an iPad, seemingly oblivious to the fact he looked like a tool.
"Midnight City (Eric Prydz Private Remix)," M83
Preferred parking is sold out and given the restrictive nature of what you're allowed to bring with you my advice is to wear comfy shoes in case you have to hike back to your vehicle before heading to the venue. And make sure you have everything you need before handing your ticket over because, as the Web site says, there's "NO RE-ENTRY."
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Drink plenty of fluids, bring some ear protection, and maybe leave the hula hoop at home. Alright, so that last one is a personal request. Speaking of which, if you see a guy writing in his notebook and not dancing I assure you I'm having plenty of fun.
And no, you cannot try and sneak your own notebook dump in to my story. That only works once.