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Wet Electric 2016 Serves Up Big Beats and Big Fun at Big Surf Waterpark

  • Combining water safety, wildlife, and wild times.
  • No, you can't party with them.
  • Rock out with your croc out.
  • A group of gal pals spending the day at Wet Electric.
  • She's like the EDM version of Rainbow Brite.
  • Enjoying a round in the Big Surf wave pool.
  • Wet Electric patrons sporting two-piece swimwear with style.
  • Not gonna lie, that's a freaky-deaky mask.
  • He's adorned with the sort of accessories every kandi kid adores.
  • Selfie sticks are everywhere at EDM festivals.
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  • Want to go head-to-head with these two in a game of shoulder wars?
  • Taking their attention away from Bro Safari's set for a picture.
  • Ready and waiting for Dada Life.
  • Soaking up the EDM sounds in Big Surf's wave pool.
  • They've got smiles as big as the wave pool.
  • Beauties and the beats.
  • No hamster jokes, please.
  • The Wet Electric crowd.
  • Try to look like you're having some fun.
  • That's uncalled for, sir.
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  • No, the Big Surf concession stand doesn't serve slices that big.
  • Pac men.
  • A pair of Wet Electric attendees rocking the animal hat look.
  • Surveying the scene at Wet Electric's RB Deep stage.
  • Soaking up the EDM sounds in Big Surf's wave pool.
  • Soaking up the EDM sounds in Big Surf's wave pool.
  • Which one of these is not like the other?
  • Captain America and Sailor Moon in their off hours.
  • Tongue 'n' grooves.
  • Showing off their fashionable and fun swimwear.
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  • Soaking up the EDM sounds in Big Surf's wave pool.
  • A bevy of bikini-clad Wet Electric partiers.
  • Dabbing on a doughnut.
  • Soaking up the EDM sounds in Big Surf's wave pool.
  • Knee-deep in the wave pool and neck-deep in partying fun.
  • They came well-equipped for a day out at Wet Electric.
  • A close encounter of the kandi kind.
  • Soaking up the EDM sounds in Big Surf's wave pool.
  • That's a cute salute.
  • The main stage.
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  • Party like a rock star.
  • A group of friends getting ready to head into the wave pool.
  • Soaking up the EDM sounds in Big Surf's wave pool during Wet Electric.
  • Going for a fling on a flamingo.
  • Bone daddies.
  • They have a vested interest in Dada Life. (See what we did there?)
  • Going wild in the wave pool during Dada Life's set.
  • Hang loose, man.
  • He's so channeling his inner 8-year-old right now.
  • Yup, cookies are actually seaworthy.
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  • Did y'all get a group discount?
  • Soaking up the EDM sounds in Big Surf's wave pool.
  • These two practically put on a dance clinic at Wet Electric.
  • Soaking up the EDM sounds in Big Surf's wave pool.
  • Soaking up the EDM sounds in Big Surf's wave pool.
  • Soaking up the EDM sounds in Big Surf's wave pool.
  • Just because it's cloudy doesn't mean you gotta lose the shades.
  • Pizza, ahoy!
  • The power of Christ compels you (to rage).
  • Bejeweled besties.
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  • A tube for two.
  • The different between you and them? They make tank tops look good.
  • Meanwhile, over at the RB Deep stage.
  • Classy sunglasses and sassy looks.
  • Huddling together for warmth when things got a little blustery.
  • Pink and blue hair never looked better.
  • Why yes, they happen to be big fans of Dada Life.
  • Soaking up the EDM sounds in Big Surf's wave pool during Wet Electric.
  • Always know where your towel is at all times.
  • The banana bunch.
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  • Some guys have all the luck.
  • Um...what exactly is that panda doing?
  • Even punks dig dance music.
  • Checking out Wet Electric's Silent Sunset Stage, where patrons listened to DJs spinning over wireless headphones.
  • Making a fashion statement at the Silent Sunset Stage.
  • Who was that masked man?
  • DJ Brett Ortiz on the decks at the Silent Sunset Stage.
  • Going wild in the wave pool during Dada Life's set.
  • This dude totally owned it.
  • Beware of land sharks.
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  • Getting into the groove at the Silent Sunset Stage.
  • Following her particular muse at the Rolling solo in style at the Silent Sunset Stage.
  • Wet Electric 2016 Serves Up Big Beats and Big Fun at Big Surf Waterpark
  • The members of Dada Life sort of have a thing for bananas.
  • Posing for a snapshot at Wet Electric's Silent Sunset Stage.
  • You're creeping us out.
  • VIP vixens.
  • Some major party monsters.
  • Seeing if her friend has good taste.
  • Not everyone came to Wet Electric in swimwear.
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  • Shouldn't y'all be practicing hacktivism?
  • Only at an EDM festival can you look stylish while bombing around with a unicorn and inflatable pickle.
  • In case you weren't down with EDM slang, that's what P.L.U.R. stands for, dawg.
  • Local painter Banding Hendrix works on a piece at Wet Electric.
  • Stefan Engblom of Dada Life on the Wet Electric main stage.
  • Destructo in the mix on the RB Deep stage.
  • Stefan Engblom of Dada Life on the Wet Electric main stage.
  • Stefan Engblom of Dada Life on the Wet Electric main stage.
  • Guess who they're here to see?
  • Getting hyped for Dada Life.
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  • Soaking up the EDM sounds in Big Surf's wave pool during Wet Electric.
  • Getting ready to go hard during Dada Life.
  • This is what a "rage face" looks like.
  • A befeathered and bejeweled dancer entertains at Wet Electric.
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Benjamin Leatherman
Combining water safety, wildlife, and wild times.
Stormy skies didn't keep party fiends and electronic dance music fans from invading Big Surf in Tempe on Saturday, April 30, for the latest Wet Electric. Thousands turned out at the waterpark for the one-day EDM festival and pool party and its lineup of big beats, big-name DJs, and big fun in a beachside setting. There was also plenty of people-watching to be had, especially with the hundreds who came dressed in banana costumes in honor of Wet Electric headliner Dada Life.

Photos by Benjamin Leatherman