Words & Deeds

Michael Deeds: CenturyLink Arena to host Boise's first EDM arena concert — Safe in Sound Festival

In the past three years, electronic dance music (EDM) has become a dominant genre at local concert clubs such as the Knitting Factory, Revolution Center and Reef.

Now it's hit the arena level, too.

The bass-music-driven Safe in Sound Festival will roll into CenturyLink Arena on Tuesday, Oct. 14. Headliners include Flux Pavilion, Destroid and Adventure Cub, with support from Caked Up and Terravita. Other local and regional openers are expected to be added.

Put together by the organizer of the heavy-metal oriented Rockstar Mayhem Festival, which lured almost 9,000 fans to the Idaho Center's Ford Amphitheater this month, Safe in Sound is basically MayhemFest for the glow stick crowd.

"We've got a lot of EDM we've brought through at the Revolution Center," says promoter Creston Thornton, owner of CTTouring, "but nothing that has had this many big names that needed a big venue."

The eye candy at Safe in Sound will be decidedly arena-style — think large-scale staging, lasers, fog, etc. (Check out Destroid in concert below. What the —?) So will the ear candy; this earth-shaking tour is powered by a 150,000-watt PK Sound system.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at CenturyLink Arena for $25 (first 500 sold), $30 (second 500), $35 (third 500). After that, tickets are $39.50.