Seismic Dance Event 5.0 is Around the Corner – What We’re Excited For and Our Unofficial Playlist!

If you were paying attention around this time last year, you will have seen my new found love with Seismic Dance Event, hosted in Austin, TX. It was my first immersive techno and house festival and it certainly left an impression – I’ve been listening to more house than ever this year as a result. It is back and better than ever with its 5th edition in a few weeks!

From November 11-13th, Seismic Dance Event 5.0 will once again grace the grounds of The Concourse Project. With over 50 global headlining and regional artists across 3 stages across 3 days, this is a must-attend for any house and techno lover. If you’re on the fence about going, read on about what I’m most excited about for this year followed by a personally curated playlist.

The Lineup

Okay, maybe this is a low-hanging fruit, but this lineup is fire and you certainly won’t find something like it anywhere else in the States. Some of these internationally renowned artists hardly ever step foot in here, if they even have before. There are some well-known staples like Shiba San, Joel Corry, LP Giobbi, Dombresky, Hayden James, and Charlotte De Witte, who have been notable placements on many US festivals and tours. But there are plenty of other artists, like Enrico Sangiuliano, Sama’ Abdulhadi, Kevin de Vries, and Joshwa, who you’d be hard-pressed to find on another US festival lineup but are staples across the world. The sheer amount of diversity and talent that will be dispersed over the weekend is unmatched and that should be enough to sell you a ticket! Check back next week for my five most anticipated acts 😉

The Attention to Detail

The fact that each of the stages has its own color scheme and name-appropriate decoration is just so neat and it really does elevate the overall experience. Seismic is staying true to its 3 stages from last year – Volcano, Frequency, and Tsunami – but it has been teasing improved designs so I’m really excited to see what changes are made because I was incredibly impressed last year, especially by the lighting inside the Volcano Stage.

Beyond the stage design, I thought the general attention to detail was great. Whether it was signs pointing attendees in the right direction or additional water jugs appearing after the first day of the festival or the plentiful vegetarian options at the food trucks, I know Seismic put a lot of effort into making a good experience for festivalgoers and that really does pay off in the long run because as much as people might go a festival for the lineup, they ultimately remember the experience.

The Community

For as many festivals as I’ve been to, I have never felt so immediately welcomed by a crowd as I did at Seismic and that sort of good energy has so much to do with the sense of community that RealMusic Events, the purveyors of Seismic Dance Event, has worked so hard to build in Austin. I interviewed a handful of local DJs who had only good things to say about RealMusic Events and a lot of gratitude to express. Coming in from out of state for a festival where I don’t know anybody can be really daunting, but the crowd at Seismic was so easy-going and refreshing to speak to, which put my mind at ease. I’ve kept in touch with several people I met last year and even have run into a few at other festivals or shows, and I love that Seismic made those connections!

Seismic Dance Event is 80% sold out, so make sure you secure your tickets today because this is not an event you want to miss out on! If you still need more convincing, go ahead and hit play on the playlist below!

Elena Lin Administrator
I am a concert/festival photographer based in St. Louis. I’m always eager to travel for new music and experiences and to meet new faces!
Elena Lin Administrator
I am a concert/festival photographer based in St. Louis. I’m always eager to travel for new music and experiences and to meet new faces!

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