Eye candy: 40+ photos of beautiful EDM festival stage designs

Music. Colorful lights. Fog. Lasers. Dancing.

Dance music is no stranger to stimulating special effects. And the resurgence in EDM’s popularity has inspired event organizers to design bigger, better, flashier production elements to attract and excite fans who demand (and pay for) more than just music.

From mind-blowing laser shows to breathtaking prop elements, creative stage designs help transform us to another world — a place where real-world problems seem to wash away with every light sweep. A place where we can simply live in that moment of pure bliss.

Whether you’ve attending a major festival or simply enjoy the sights and sounds from home, we can all appreciate the creativity and attention to detail captured in the photos below.

Here’s a look at some of our favorite stage designs from around the world:

Snaps: Creative EDM Stage Design

EDM stage design - avicii face booth coachella 2012Avicii at Coachella 2012. Photo by Rukes.
EDM stage design - bassnectar nye nashville 2013
Bassnectar’s 360 degree stage at NYE 2012 in Nashville. Photo by Rukes.
EDM stage design - coachella sahara tent 2013
Sahara tent at Coachella 2013. Photo by Rukeskineticcathedral-daytime
Kinetic Field at EDC Las Vegas 2014. Photo by Kent Otto/Electronic Midwest.
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Kinetic Field at EDC Las Vegas 2014. Photo by Kent Otto/Electronic Midwest.
basscon-daytime
Basscon Stage at EDC Las Vegas 2014. Photo by Kent Otto/Electronic Midwest.
EDM stage design - edc vegas 2012 erick kabik
Kinetic Field stage at EDC Las Vegas 2012. Photo by Erik Kabik/Insomniac.
EDM stage design - excision executioner club nokia 2013
Excision at Club Nokia with Executioner set (2013). Photo by Rukes.
EDM stage design - skrillex spaceship mexico 2012
Skrillex’s spaceship. Photo by Rukes.
EDM stage design - ultra main stage 2013
Ultra Music Festival Miami main stage 2013. Photo by Rukes.
EDM stage design - ultra mega structure 2013
Calvin Harris at Ultra Music Festival 2013. Photo by Rukes.
EDM stage design - defqon.1 2011
Defqon 1 2011. Photo by Rutger Geerling.
EDM stage design - defqon.1 2012 australia
Defqon 1 2012. Photo by Rutger Geerling.
EDM stage design - defqon.1 2013
Defqon 1 2013. Photo by Rutger Geerling.
EDM stage design - sensation source of light amsterdam 2012
Sensation “Source of Light” Amsterdam 2012. Photo by Rutger Geerling.
EDM stage design - sensation white innerspace belgium 2012 rudgr
Sensation White Innerspace Belgium 2012. Photo by Rutger Geerling.
EDM stage design - tomorrowland 2010
Tomorrowland main stage 2010. Photo by Rutger Geerling.
EDM stage design - tomorrowland 2011
Tomorrowland main stage 2011. Photo by Rutger Geerling.
EDM stage design - tomorrowland 2012
Tomorrowland main stage 2012. Photo by Rutger Geerling.

EDM stage design - tomorrowland 2013 night

Tomorrowland main stage 2013. Photo by Rutger Geerling.

EDM stage design - Tomorrowland 2013 daytime

Tomorrowland main stage 2013. Photo by Maxime Byttebier.
EDM stage design - WiSH Outdoor Fest 2
WiSH Outdoor Festival main stage 2013. Photo by Kevin Verkruijssen.
EDM stage design - WiSH Outdoor Fest
WiSH Outdoor Festival main stage 2013. Photo by Kevin Verkruijssen.
EDM stage design - decibel outdoor festival 1 heidiefocus
Decibel Outdoor Festival. Photo by Heidiefocus.
EDM stage design - defqon.1 2013 heidiefocus
Defqon 1 2013. Photo by Heidiefocus.
EDM stage design - Intents Festival
Intents Festival. Photo by Heidiefocus.
EDM stage design - master of hardcore
Master of Hardcore. Photo by Heidiefocus.
EDM stage design - qapital qdance 2
Qdance Qapital. Photo by Heidiefocus.
EDM stage design - qapital qdance
Qdance Qapital. Photo by Heidiefocus.
EDM stage design - qdance at tomorowland 2013
Qdance stage at Tomorrowland 2013.
EDM stage design - qlimax 2010 netherlands
Qlimax Netherlands 2010. Photo by Heidiefocus.
EDM stage design - qlimax fate or fortune 1
Qlimax Fate or Fortune. Photo by Heidiefocus.
EDM stage design - qlimax fate or fortune
Qlimax Fate or Fortune. Photo by Heidiefocus.
EDM stage design - sensation innerspace new york 2012
Sensation White Innerspace NYC 2012.
EDM stage design - sensation into the wild
Sensation Into the Wild. Photo by Heidiefocus.
EDM stage design - sensation ocean of white
Sensation Ocean of White.
EDM stage design - sensation unkown
Sensation.
EDM stage design - tomorrowland 2010 2
Tomorrowland 2012. Photo by Rutger Geerling.
EDM stage design - EDC Vegas 2013 Life After Dusk_for_Insomniac_2
EDC Las Vegas 2013. Photo by Life After Dusk/Insomniac.
Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas 2013 Day 1 in Las Vegas, NV
Basscon stage at EDC Las Vegas 2013. Photo by Erik Kabik/Insomniac.
EDM stage design - edc-vegas-mainstage-2013
EDC Las Vegas main stage 2013. Photo by Kent Otto/Electronic Midwest.
EDM stage design - mysteryland 2013 holland
Mysteryland Holland 2013.
EDM stage design - paradiso festival 2012 dejawood
Paradiso Festival 2012. Photo by Jason Woo.
EDM stage design - qdance at mysterland 2013
Qdance stage at Mysteryland Holland 2013.
EDM stage design - qdance-at-edc-2012
Qdance at EDC Las Vegas 2012.
EDM stage design - Markus Schulz - Spiritual Gateway Wallpaper
Markus Schulz at Transmission Prague. Photo by Petr Klapper.

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Kent Otto

Kent is founder and editor-in-chief. He’s always had a love and passion for music of all types, but didn’t discover the music festival scene and community until moving to Southern California during his early post-college years. He returned to his roots in the Midwest in 2011 and has since been determined to share the magic and beauty of the music scene with as many as possible. Email kent@edmcalendar.com. Connect with Kent on G+.

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