The Electric Daisy Carnival: America's Ibiza
Inspired by the EDM festivals that have been a staple of the European
music scene for decades, the Electric Daisy Carnival, or EDC, is America's largest international electronic music festival.
This world-class event features multiple stages of electronic music, theatrical performances, art installations, carnival
rides, go-go dancers, clowns and other curiosities, drawing almost 300,000 EDM fans every year. Since its inception in 1997,
the Electric Daisy Carnival has been hosted in venues in California, Colorado, New York, New Jersey, Nevada and Puerto Rico,
thus living up to its name as a traveling music carnival.
The Electric Daisy Carnival hosts
the biggest and most popular DJs in EDM music. It doesn't matter what EDM genre you prefer -house, techno, dub step or trance
- because megastars from every subset of the scene light up EDC with beats, drops and mind-blowing breaks. Some of the hottest
musicians to be featured at the Electric Daisy Carnival include Skrillex, Avicii, Calvin Harris and Swedish House Mafia, as
well as old school trance titans, like Paul van Dyke, Paul Oakenfold and Armin Van Buuren. Anybody who is anybody in the EDM
scene has twiddled knobs at the Electric Daisy Carnival and kept thousands of sweating, fist-pumping fans dancing until dawn.
While superstar DJs dominate the main stage, be sure to check out the talent on the smaller stages; you'll have some serious
bragging rights if you can say you saw a DJ on a small stage right before he hit it big.
been around since the late 1980s and early 1990s, especially in the clubs in Europe, but DJ culture did not become mainstream
in America until recently. Today, EDM is as recognizable a genre as rock, country or alternative. More and more high-profile
EDM DJs are working with pop stars, and electronic music is now heard everywhere from clubs to Top Forty radio stations. According
to Forbes, megastar DJ Tiesto made $22 million, easily topping the list of the highest paid DJs in 2013. Skrillex, on the
other hand, has won six Grammy Awards. To paraphrase Jim Morrison: when it comes to "breaking on through to the other side,"
EDM music has succeeded.
As its name suggests, EDC is a music carnival. There are theme-park-like
rides, Day-Glo lights and fans dressed in wild outfits. It's like a Lollapalooza concert, if Lollapalooza were held on Mars.
When you buy Electric Daisy Carnival tickets New York, you get more than just a festival; you get access to a lifestyle, a
party where art, culture and individual self-expression collide into a communal love of music and dance. It's North America's
top-tier electronic music festival, and there is no other festival like it in the States.
Daisy Carnival New York is typically held over Memorial Day Weekend, and 2014 is no exception. For those lucky enough to experience
the event, the Carnival at MetLife Stadium isn't something they'll soon forget.
The first Electronic Daisy
Carnival, which was actually called a rave, was hosted in 1997. By today's standards, it was a small event. However, by 2010,
when EDC was held in Los Angeles, it had earned its reputation as the biggest EDM festival outside of Europe. At the time,
it was nicknamed the "American Ibiza," after the Mediterranean island off of Spain known for its nightlife and DJ culture.