Echostage is DC’s newest and largest nightlife concert venue. Between a sprawling, 30,000 plus sq. ft. layout, top-tier sound design, and advanced LED visual displays, it’s no surprise that the versatile space – which opened in September, 2012 – has already attracted industry heavyweights such as David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Avicii, Armin van Buuren, Hardwell and Tiesto. Though the bulk of Echostage events originate from owners Antonis Karagounis and Pete Kalamoutsos’ preexisting entertainment repertoire – which includes Club Glow and Panorama Productions – the site was renovated to accommodate live bands, emcees and a myriad of other large-scale productions.
Since its inception, high production values have been paramount at Echostage. From the cutting-edge, German-imported D&B Audiotechnik V series sound system (the first of its kind on the east coast) to interior design that ensures unobstructed sight lines from any seat in the house, the sensory experience of an Echostage event distinguishes the space from other DC entertainment players. Concert-goers can grab a close-up glimpse of the stage from the photo pit, or take a breather at two 60-foot bars that line each side of the dance floor. Visitors looking to enjoy the show from up high can cozy up to seven of their closest friends in one of the 30 bottle service Mezzanines.
At the back of the room, an expert production team orchestrates each show from a raised front-of-house booth. “The permanent stage, the LED wall, the outstanding sound – these are what attract A-list acts,” says Kalamoutsos. “We built Echostage as a concert venue for high-caliber artists. And as a result, those artists are always impressed with the site and the quality of our production here.”
Though the venue’s technical and spatial attributes easily accommodate the kind of crowds that accompany a superstar lineup, Karagounis and Kalamoutsos have established Echostage as a breeding ground for innovative local performers, too – and an integral contributor to DC’s evolving cultural fabric.
- Echostage is DC’s newest and largest nightlife concert venue.
- Big name DJs like Hardwell, David Guetta, Calvin Harris appear regularly.
- Two 60-foot bars at either side of dance floor.
Where is Echostage located?
Echostage is located at the edge of the US National Arboretem
How much is cover charge at Echostage?
Echostage holds events with famous artists so ticketing varies for each event. Be sure to check out the Discotech app before an event.
How long will I have to wait at Echostage?
Expect to wait anywhere from 20-40 min depending on when you arrive.
When is Echostage open?
Echostage is open on Fridays through Sundays, but they have other events occasionally throughout the week.
What are the best nights to go to Echostage?
Weekends are the best. Weekday events are sometimes good.
What is the dress code at Echostage?
Dress to impress! Collared shirt / jeans / dress shoes for guys. Avoid anything that can be considered sportswear (track jackets, jerseys, sneakers, hats, etc). Unless you’re a celebrity – in that case you can dress however you please.
How much do drinks cost at Echostage?
Expect to pay $15-20 for cocktails. Bottles start at $250.
What kind of music do they play at Echostage?
Depends on the event they’re hosting but mainly top 40 and EDM.