Saturday, May 19 was probably the craziest day of one of the year’s craziest music festivals, the Electric Daisy Carnival, held at the Metlife Stadium in New York. There was more glitter and face paint than a seven-year-old’s birthday party and with all the neon cutoffs and shades, the scene could have passed for a circa 1992 episode of Saved by the Bell—the crowd was pretty young but there was the occasional Mr. Belding feeling the beats.
The biggest names in electronic, house, progressive, techno, and dubstep music from across the globe were gathered here for one heart-pounding and sweat-dripping weekend. This was a dance music lover’s dream and one might argue that Saturday had the best lineup of artists.
Of the four stages, Kinetic Field was packed the entire day and seemed to draw the biggest crowd with every act. Opening at noon with Italy’s very own EDX followed by Argentinean and Guyanese, Michael Woods, who The Ting Tings, The Temper Trap, Timbaland, and Missy Elliott (along with other artists) have incorporated his clever remixing talent into their songs. Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello, 2/3 of Swedish House Mafia performed on two separate stages, and Chris Lake, Cazzette, and Alesso all got the crowd dancing in the hot sun. As the night grew cooler, Calvin Harris took to the stage with the hits “You Used to Hold Me” and “Feel So Close." He said he’s currently into “stadium dance” and the image of huge arenas filled with people and “massive riffs and big hands-in-the-air rave anthems” is what he’s going for these days. He certainly succeeded with his performance at EDC, drawing the people like fluorescent-colored moths to a trance- light show flame.
Closing the carnival was none other than 20-year-old Avicii, the name the majority of people responded with when asked who they were there to see. Some other DJs present on the second day of the carnival were Layo and Bushwacka!, who had two performances; musical legend, Carl Cox, Art Department, Tim Mason, AN21 and Max Vangeli, Sied Van Riel, Rank1, Jochen Miller, and Erick Morillo. And let’s not forget about the ladies! Nicole Moudaber, whose childhood in the Middle East and Africa really give life to her electronic sound, did not disappoint. Cassy who brought her infamous warmth and soul to the dance floor, and tINI, whose first DJ experience was with underground rap and hip hop combined with her heavy interest in wave and grunge music.
While every genre of music brings a certain crowd following along with it, EDC was an eclectic group of concert-goers who all had one thing in common: nobody could stand still as the DJs were throwing it down. A festival that started in the underground California music scene years ago, had its time in Las Vegas, has now graced the East Coast for one of the biggest international musical events.
For our Day 1 highlights, go here.