Along with Lost Lands and Bass Canyon, Forbidden Kingdom is one of the few bass-centered electronic music festivals in the United States.
Held at the Orlando Amphitheater at the Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando, Florida, Forbidden Kingdom has what Bass Canyon and Lost Lands do not: heat. Both days of the festivals were around ninety degrees with clear blue skies, combated by Insomniac East with plenty of water stations and places to rest in the shade.
With five different stages, the set options—and conflicts—were not lacking. Though primarily filled with the nasty snarls of dubstep and riddim, patrons could add a little…spice to their schedule with artists such as Sodown, Griz, Deathpact, and more.
The lineup was truly art this year with spectacular artists big and small making their way onto the roster. Seven Lions and Excision closed out the larger stages day one after attendees got to enjoy a plethora of solo acts and phenomenal B2Bs like those featuring Getter and Space Laces or Buku and G-Rex.
Day two started off strong with up and coming talent such as Muerte. The day didn’t slow down as artist upon artist brought the heat—particularly, Svdden Death who said “goodbye” to his moose mask and “hello” to fire breathing in Voyd 2: Into the Inferno—until the final acts featuring Subtronics and Rezz, who both ended their individual sets with their track together, “Puzzle Box.” Was this planned? We may never know.
The festival grounds themselves were just the right size of being large enough for attendees to not be crowded, but small enough that you didn’t need to spend fifteen minutes trying to get to another stage. There were plenty of places for photo ops with setups featuring castles, dragons, and more.
VIP was a special experience providing its own special photo locations, a swing set, kandi and glitter bars, flushable toilets, bars and food trucks, and spray sunscreen and deodorant for those who forgot theirs. At night, the VIP concierge placed out wearable glow sticks and LED necklaces. The jewel of the VIP section was hands down the area carved out of the pit so VIPers could walk right up to the rail and dance close to the stage without being over crowded.
The festival’s theme of an enchanted medieval kingdom inspired many guests to dress up as dragons, and it’s color scheme was reflected by black and red portrayed time and time again. There were several dragons spotted roaming through the grounds
If you are into the heavy wubs, Forbidden Kingdom should most certainly have a place on your Festival Bucket List. From its fire lineup to a theme everyone could play a part of, FK is a festival I would be happy to attend year after year. Thank you, Insomniac East, for putting together a weekend that allowed for countless happy memories to be made for myself and so many others. Until next time.
Halloween is fast approaching, and we all know the best part of this holiday is choosing the ultimate costumes! As ravers, we are no strangers to dressing up, and Halloween is an awesome time to show off our style skills. There are so many directions you can go in when deciding what to be for Halloween, so we’re giving you some suggestions to make your decision a little easier.
Out Of This World
Extraterrestrial themes are huge in the rave world, and Halloween is the best excuse to dress up as a sexy alien or a house-loving astronaut. There are also a ton of opportunities for couples and group costumes that fit this theme! Build an alien squad with your friends in the Cosmic Chaos Alien Costume and the Solstice Kiss Holo Set, or explore the unknown in matching astronaut suits. Add some glitter, and you will surely have an out-of-this-world Halloween experience!
Embrace Your Wild Side
Feeling wild this spooky season? Cowgirl costumes are super cute and perfect for any Halloween event. Embrace your wild side and let loose with a cowboy hat and your best chaps, or make it glam!
Certain costumes will never go out of style. Classic costumes come back every year because they are timeless. If you’re feeling scary this Halloween, try a holographic skeleton or a seductive devil costume. If you’re going for a flirtier vibe, you can never go wrong with the Team Techno Cheerleader outfit. This fit is a fun take on the basic cheerleader costume! You can make any of the classics your own with glitter, accessories, and other modern twists.
Have a legendary Halloween dressed as your favorite mythical creature! Fairies, elves and unicorns are not only charming characters, but they are also very trendy right now. These Fractal Fantasy Fairy Wings will transform any outfit into an enchanting fairy ensemble. You could also pair this Rainbow Unicorn Costume with some sparkly fishnets for a dazzling festival look!
Ravers love to dress up year-round. But if there's one thing that we don't get to do often, it's bring the spooky vibes with scary costumes around Halloween! This time of year is the perfect time to show off your spooky side, with costumes that are gory, creepy, or all around terrifying.
No matter what you decide to be this year, you can’t go wrong. As long as you’re feeling like your best self, you’re going to slay this Halloween!