Mysteryland: Hard-Style EDM Wrapped in Plenty of Candy-Coated FantasyArticle by: Jenee Michelle
Mon August 31, 2015 | 00:00 AM
Like many music and arts festivals of the world, Mysteryland emerges from the earth bringing with it candy-coated EDM, designed to hypnotize a community of global citizens.
This festival, in a word, is an “experience.” From walking onto the Holy Ground Campsite to the event's grand finale, this massive event has learned a thing or two in its twenty-two-year history.
Holy Ground Camping comes with unsuspected offerings like a pre-festival warm up party, hot showers, free Wi-Fi and free-trade coffee. You can shop the supermarket filled with Holland’s finest goodies and take up residence in a preset “take it with you” tent, mattress and lamp – an especially nice option for those who are traveling from long distances and overseas.
Mysteryland is everything you would expect from an EDM music festival, but its details allow attendees to fully take in the experience. The hand-picked artist installations coupled with performing artists allow music-goers a break from the tantric sound of hard-style EDM that this festival in known for. Everyone working both in front of or behind the scenes at Mysteryland are overtly helpful and kind. They are patient with attendees and serve with a smile.
A walk through the wooded festival landscape includes a natural outdoor art gallery, while performing artists breathe life into the core of the event. You can choose your own adventure here, from playful grannies and granpies (youngsters dressed up as elders) in the Healing Garden, to nearly naked displays of lust near Neverland for those seeking a darker adventure.
There are over eighteen stages that capture just about every electronic soundscape attendees can think up, from bohemians to bananas (yes, you read that right) keeping music-goers of all music tastes busy taking them all in. Both Saturday and Sunday ended with grand finales – an epic demonstration of what it looks like when music, lights, lasers, smoke, and fireworks collide.
This festival plays to the young die-hard EDM club kids but serves other generations equally. Wear a rainbow tutu or a plain white tee and you will feel right at home.