Written by Hayden Fischer
Photo by Tyler Keith Fewox
Imagine the most breathtaking views of nature paired with some of the biggest and best names in the EDM community and you will think of Paradiso Festival. The Pacific Northwest renowned electronic music festival is a life altering two-day adventure at the Gorge Amphitheater that takes place on June 23rd and 24th. The experience of Paradiso is unprecedented to any other festival. Being surrounded by the picturesque beauty of nature mixed with a variety of electronic music ranging from dubstep to trance is unlike anything else.
Paradiso is a festival that appeals to the any and all lovers of electronic dance music. Three stages make up this festival: Main Stage, The Wreckage, and Digital Oasis. The Main Stage is the center focus of this incredible venue. It contains the large grass hill perfect for enjoying music during the day but also has a spacious lower pit for those who want to dance away the night time. Next is the wreckage stage known for its stacked lineup of bass and dubstep artists like Zomboy, Kayzo, and Troyboi. Each year this stage has grown more and more in its production and has become one of the most talked about aspects of the Paradiso experience. Washington is known for its love of bass music and that love is shown all weekend at The Wreckage. Last but not least is Digital Oasis, the home to all the house music and techno artists. Each year this stage is completely transformed for the last but is always beaming with good vibes.
One of the things that sets Paradiso apart and makes it such a one of a kind experience is the camping. Since The Gorge is essentially in the middle of nowhere, hotels are about a forty-five-minute drive from the venue and camping is always the best option. Depending on one’s experience with camping, The Gorge has many different options for comfort. General Admission is the most basic package for camping but is also the farthest walk from the venue. Next is Premier which is closer in distance to the festival, has free shower options, is more spacious but is slightly more expensive. Gold camping is right outside the gates to the festival and is also at an increased price. The top level of camping available is Terrace and it is extremely spacious and has shuttles to the main entrance. Breakfast and showers are provided, but this is the most expensive option.
No matter what path attendants take for camping or whether it be VIP over general admission, Paradiso is an amazing festival that will have you returning to the Gorge each summer to enjoy its beautiful experience.