Paradiso, an all day rave in Washington, just took place over the last weekend in June. Put on by USC Events, the two day festival took place at The Gorge in Washington. The Gorge is well renowned for it’s breath taking view of the Colombia River, with a natural amphitheater unparalleled to anywhere else in the world. This was only Paradiso’s second year running, and it certainly won’t be the last. With a lineup stacked with world class talent, both days were incredibly diverse and could appeal to any EDM fan. With 3 stages fairly close together, there was no problem for festival goers to see every artist they wanted to.

The only true downside to this festival was the weather. With temperatures ranging from low to mid 90s, many people over heated, with 1 fatality over the weekend. USC did have free Water Stations, cool down zones and many tents for shade, but the intense sun was still a little too much for most people. The second day was a little better when rain cooled down the festival, but in return it was extremely humid. If you want to attend this festival, be very sure to stay hydrated and to take breaks as you see fit. It would also be necessary to bring warmer clothes with you, because once the sun went down it was  cold, but once wind is incorporated it was quite unpleasant at times.

The camping aspect was very average for this festival. It took me almost an hour to get from the main gates to my campsite, with minimal amount of workers directing traffic. If you plan on camping I would highly recommend bringing ear plugs or sleep in a car. From my experience the parties never ended, with music blasting from cars almost non-stop, even after sunrise. There were food/beverage vendors set up, so if you forgot to bring nourishment with you, that wouldn’t be a problem (But 6$ for a cheeseburger starts to add up after a while). In the venue if you want to drink alcohol expect a price tag of over 10$ per beer, so come ready to burn some cash. There were a few free carnival rides at the event, but the only one I went on was the Farris Wheel. All of the lines were extremely long, so unless you’re determined to ride one, I would suggest skipping them at this festival.

Overall I would highly recommend this festival to anyone in the Pacific-Northwest looking for a good time. The general vibes from everyone I ran into were incredible, and in the festival I saw no fights, with very minimal pushing even in the biggest crowds. Paradiso is unique that they’re bringing a day time rave to the public, so if that really intrigues you, 2014 is just around the corner.

My Festival Lineup:
Day 1
Sound Remedy
Lazy Rich
Pegboard Nerds
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
Trolley Snatcha
Tommy Trash
James Egbert
Mt. Eden
Markus Schulz
Zeds Dead
Myon & Shane 54 [MS54]
Infected Mushroom

Day 2
Felix Cartal
Adventure Club
Etc Etc
Kill The Noise
Gareth Emery
Michael Woods
Christopher Lawrance