Secret Sky EDM Festival: Bring the Rave to your Dorm

Secret Sky line-up. Photo from Facebook.

This Saturday, April 24, is the Secret Sky EDM festival hosted by Porter Robinson. Just like last year, the festival will be free and streamed live rather than in person. So put on your favorite rave outfit, grab your bead bracelets and plug in the LED’s for an unforgettable music experience in your dorm room.

The festival can either be streamed on YouTube or through the Secret Sky website. The site offers a virtual rave experience where participants can create a 3D avatar and explore digital concert grounds. Similar to Club Penguin or VR Chat, you can virtually stroll from stage to stage and dance or interact with other live participants. If you have a VR headset, you can really embody the experience as your avatar.  

Some of the performers this year include Boys Noize, Rezz and of course Porter Robinson, as well as some pop groups like Kero Kero Bonito and No Rome. While Secret Sky is full of talented artists and new upcoming stars, the acts to watch this year are certainly Kero Kero Bonito and Porter Robinson.

Kero Kero Bonito have been relatively quiet in the last year, releasing an amazing EP “Civilizations” in 2019 and a few singles in 2020, but they’re expected to potentially play some promising new material at the festival. Meanwhile, Porter Robinson released his long-awaited follow up to “Worlds” on April 23, “Nurture.” Teased at last year’s Secret Sky during his set, his new album delivers another unique combination of EDM and indie/folk aesthetics. His live set will undoubtedly focus on his newest album and the bright new production style he has been accentuating this year.

Performances will start at 12 p.m. PDT with DJ Potaro and will conclude at 8:15 p.m. with Porter Robinson. Each set runs for 30 minutes with 5 minutes of transition in between each performer, so buckle up for a day full of music! Just because the festival is streaming doesn’t mean you can’t be in the festival spirit. With just a few LED lights, a couple of friends and a nice speaker plugged into your computer or phone, you can turn your own dorm into a personal rave!

By: Tony Le Calvez