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Russia Just Took EDM Festival Stage Design to the Next Level

Published: Wed July 22, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Alfa Future People 2015

Russians do it big. Why wouldn't they? They occupy the world's largest country (in land size, at least), and certainly know a thing or two about partying. In that vein, the dazzlingly HUGE stage unveiled at this past weekend's Alfa Future Festival  showcased fantastic attention to visual detail, with no LED-filled-stone-left-unturned.

Towering and vaguely ominous, the three-part stage combined standard, dazzling LED elements with lasers, projection mapping, and an elevated performance platform, built to resemble a nondescript, cyborg's head. P roduction artists appear to have been visually inspired by the futuristic 1927 robot film "Metropolis."  The platform was flanked on both sides by live dancers, while bright lights emanated from the head's hollow eyes and mouth towards the crowd.

Check out this closer look at the head's detail:

   

All the bells and whistles you'd expect from an EDM festival stage were present and pulsating. There aren’t enough glimmering adjectives around to properly capture these out-of-this-world stages that emerge from megafests each summer, and "eye candy" is an understatement.

The EDM megafestival scene is no stranger to the wild, crazy stages, and this is Russia's way of reminding us that they're a force to be reckoned with. International EDM festival players, take note. Production's cutting edge is massive, and it's only getting bigger.