Wet Electric: A Field Guide to This Weekend's Event
The scene in wave pool during Wet Electric in October 2013.
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.
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.
Wet Electric 2013 attendees.
Dress Code: Pretty much any swimwear is okay, be it bikinis, tankinis, trunks, jammers, boardshorts, marble bags, and even that thing that Borat wore. Basically, if it covers your junk, you should be good to go, with the exception of Daisy Dukes, cutoffs, or bathing suits with any sort of studs or rivets attached. Organizers are also encourage "festive wear," which we assume means neon clothing or EDM t-shirts.
Food and Drink: A few bars will be setup around Big Surf and there's a snack bar on the premises. Talking Stick features both a poolside bar and food service.
Manufactured Superstars are scheduled to perform on Saturday at Big Surf.
DJ Lineup and Schedules:
Saturday at Big Surf - Main Stage DJ Lujan (11-11:40 a.m.) Nuck 'n' Futz (11:40 a.m.-12:25 p.m.) Dean Mason (12:25-1:15 p.m.) Dzeko and Torres (1:15-2:15 p.m.) Crizzy (2:15-3:25 p.m.) Manufactured Superstars (3:25-4:30 p.m.) Dash Berlin (4:30-6 p.m.) Thomas Gold (6-7:40 p.m.) Stonebridge/Ricky Rocks (7:40-9 p.m.)
Saturday at Big Surf - Local Stage Kalin Tyler (1-2 p.m.) Dyluxe (2-3 p.m.) McBoy (3-4 p.m.) Eddie Portillo (4-5 p.m.) Hemmesphere (5-6 p.m.) Michael James (6-8 p.m.)
The Chainsmokers are scheduled to perform on Sunday at Talking Stick Resort.
Sunday at Talking Stick: (Times TBA) DJ Lujan (11-11:45 a.m.) Darrigo (11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.) EC Twins (12:45-2 p.m.) Caked Up (2-3:15 p.m.) The Chainsmokers (3:15-4:30 p.m.) Morgan Page (4:30-6 p.m.)
Cake Nightclub will host the official Wet Electric after party on Saturday night, which feature Manufactured Superstars amd DiJiTAL.
What to Expect:
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