As a Utah native I've been a longtime Das Energi fan. The annual festival takes place on the shores of the Great Salt Lake and has a great vibe unlike any other electronic festival in the area. I've watched this festival grow from a tiny single-day event into the multi-day experience that it is now. The headliners for Das Energi are always pretty diverse, including a mix of classic DJs that are always on your list with some newer acts to check out. I've discovered so much new music at this festival and seen my favorite DJs play for years now.
This year the lineup features a list of diverse headliners with DJ Snake, Porter Robinson, and Anna Lunoe. The full lineup is a solid mix of house music, drum and bass and bass music, with acts like Excision, Liquid Stranger, Zeds Dead and plenty more. You can check out the full lineup below and on the website here.
Tickets for Das Energi range from $235 for a 2-day GA to $350 for a 2-day VIP. The VIP tickets are for ages 21+ and include special merch, better viewing access at several stages, and more. You can also get GA wristbands for single days, which are $125 on the ticketing website.
The Saltair venue is right on the beach of the Great Salt lake, so one of the stages and the food trucks are on the beach itself. You'll want to plan accordingly with your footwear to be able to walk in the sand to get the full experience. I also recommend getting there before sunset since the sunsets at the Saltair are pretty unreal.
The venue itself is located about 20 minutes west of Salt Lake, right off of the I-80 freeway. You can get there quickly by taking the freeway. The parking situation at the festival tends to change each year, so anticipate that you might have to take a parking shuttle. In the past this has added as much as 30 minutes to the process of getting into the festival. Das Energi is pretty small, so once you're in the door you can get from stage to stage in just a few minutes.
Where to Stay
If you don't live in Utah there are lots of awesome places to stay. Salt Lake is pretty easy to get around, and since the venue is a little bit out of the way I recommend staying downtown to get the most out of your travel experience while staying closer to the event. You can also stay at the airport hotels, but there might not be much around there in the way of food or other nearby things to check out.
Downtown Salt Lake has tons of great food spots and local stores. During Das Energi weekend I recommend checking out Roctaco, Pretty Bird, Eva's Bakery, and Spitz for places to eat. You can also check out Icono Clad for last minute festival gear and shopping. From downtown you can easily Uber or Lyft to Das Energi. It should be pretty affordable and it will only take maybe 20 minutes to get to the festival from that area. Plus, you won't have to deal with parking.
Das Energi is located about 30 minutes west of Downtown Salt Lake. The festival has no public transportation nearby, but there are many options for ride-share apps, taxis, or the festival shuttle. You can grab a shuttle from Downtown or the hotels at the Salt Lake City airport. Get your shuttle pass here before it's too late!
At Das Energi
Das Energi has grown so much over the years that each year is so much different from the last. Each year the festival adds more vendors and food trucks, so the choices are always different and get more diverse each year. I always recommend you get the chicken strips from the Saltair food stand inside, since they're so popular. You can get alcoholic drinks upstairs, but check on the bag requirements before you head to the festival because the Utah liquor laws can be pretty complicated.
You can rent a locker onsite at Das Energi to store your things while you rave. Charging ports to plug your phone into are included in the locker rental (minus the cord), and you can purchase lockers online before the fest or at the venue when you get there. Rent a locker here.
What to Wear to Das Energi
Weather at Das Energi is always pretty hot, but it has been known to rain in the past. Dress for hot weather but remember that it's in the desert, so it might get chilly at night. I've included a bunch of things I recommend wearing throughout this article, but you can get creative with your rave looks! If you don't know where to start, take this quiz to find out ur rave vibe.