Hear those thick beats, feel those bass rumbles and see those bouncing lights by Lake Shore Blvd.? Nope, it’s not the Honda Indy, a World Cup celebration or an alien invasion. It’s Digital Dreams, back for a third year, and bigger than ever.
Touted as the largest EDM festival in Canada, the two-day event happens at The Flats at Ontario Place this weekend (June 28 and 29), bringing 80,000 revelers together to watch huge electronic acts like superstar Dutch DJ Tiesto, Justice, Eric Prydz and Dmitri Vegas & Like Mike.
The festival will dominate the east section of Ontario Place, where the water slides used to be, and the large Dreams stage will take over a parking lot near the Molson Amphitheatre. Interestingly, Digital Dreams will be a “cashless festival,” with attendees pre-loading RFID wristbands to purchase food, drinks and merchandise.
The weather’s supposed to be decent this weekend, so enjoy yourself, make some new friends, and party safe.
Here’s a glance at Digital Dreams, by the numbers:
Number of attendees expected: 80,000
Amount of people at last year’s event: 50,000
Amount of people at the 2012 edition: 25,000
Number of days: 2
Number of years running: 3
Number of stages: 4
Number of artists on the bill: 102
Time that doors open each day: 2 p.m.
Time that the show ends on each day: 12 a.m.
Time that headliners take the stage: 10:30 p.m.
Cost of single-day ticket: $99 (plus tax and fees)
Cost of two-day “Cloud 9 Premium Festival Experience” ticket: $399 (plus tax and fees)
Cost of bottle-service packages: $2,500-$3,250
Amount of rain expected over the weekend: Less than 1 mm
Amount that Tiesto made in 2013: $32 million
Number of Grammy Awards won by Justice: 1 (in 2009 for a MGMT remix)
Year that Eric Prydz’s Call on Me was released: 2004
Years that Deep Dish were on hiatus: 8 (from 2006 to 2014)
Year that The Crystal Method was formed: 1993
Age of Flux Pavilion (real name: Joshua Kierkegaard G. Steele): 25
Age of Paul Oakenfold: 50
Number of turntables used by Andy C: 3