After launching in Southern California 15 years ago and expanding ever since, the Electric Daisy Carnival held its inaugural New York-area event last week. The electronic music festival brought 45,000 to the MetLife Arena in Northern New Jersey, offering 5 stages with 85 DJ acts across a three-day weekend (Friday May 18 – Sunday May 20).
I only made it to Saturday and Sunday after ending up too sick to venture out on Friday. I was bummed that I missed out on some of the fun, but glad I rallied and was able to experience two full days of electronic music bliss.
Overall, EDC NY blew everyone away with unparalleled production for an electronic music festival — the lights, the rides, the performers were all top notch. Yes, this music festival included carnival rides. (The swing was a surprisingly great experience — each time you spun around you heard music from a different stage.) But the essential elements were also executed with perfection: each stage had excellent sound, lights, and dance floors. Event producers Insomniac and their collaborators for this venture, Pacha NYC, deserve credit for such an epic event.
Now on to the music. Here are some highlights from the festival.
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