Photo Credit & Contributions by David Saunders
Electric Daisy Carnival, Insomniac's premiere event series, made it's triumphant return to New York this past weekend in glorious fashion. This was the second year in a row that EDC had come to NYC for its infamous mixture of state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems, live performers, and the always enjoyable carnival rides. (I mean, c'mon, who doesn't love sitting on a ferris wheel watching Porter Robinson destroy the main stage?) As the temperature warmed up, so did the general excitement for EDC NY; which for those of us on the East Coast marks the beginning of our summer festival season.
After the successful launch of Electric Daisy Carnival New York last year at the Metlife stadium (technically New Jersey), the excitement was palpable for the first true New York EDC experience. As attendees likely remember from last year, transportation was much more of a burden arranging carpools, tolls, and who would pay for gas (We're new yorkers, who owns a car?). I'm happy to report that Insomniac and RPM clearly listened to their fans, as this year they moved to the glorious new CitiField location in Queens. Which from the heart of Manhattan is just a quick ride on the 7 train.
While getting to and from EDC was exponentially easier this year, it did come at a cost: the two day festival would take place on Friday/Saturday instead of the standard Saturday/Sunday. CitiField, the home stadium of the New York Mets, was hosting a Met's home game on Sunday night. So as the saying goes: "You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here" and trust us, we didn't go home because the party was just starting – But wait, we're getting ahead of ourselves…
The weather always plays a factor during a festival season, and maybe we've gotten too picky. Sometimes it's too hot, other times it's too cold. But the one element that always threatens a festival (aside from wind in Nevada) is rain… usually. Friday was perfect; blue skies, light breeze, and a gorgeous 72 degrees. We couldn't ask for more. Saturday morning all us little ravers rolled out of bed exhausted from the previous day; only to see those ominous grey clouds. For most other events, some might have seen those clouds, checked the forecast, and called it canceled. But not EDC, all 50,000 attendees packed the festival grounds and danced thru the light drizzle that persisted thru the majority of the day. Though, as most of you could imagine, this did not hinder the partying one bit… NYC + EDC + Rain = More Craziness. By nighttime on Saturday the weather had subsided and allowed for a nice cool evening to close out the festival.
On to the headliners: Leading up to the event many ticket holders were complaining about the lack of the big-name commercial
headliners that have come to define the over-the-top festivals. But as EDC always likes to point out; the most important headliner of all is YOU. That's not a cop-out line EDC uses though, as most attendees discovered some of the lesser known acts and non-mainstream headliners like the fan favorite "Carl Cox Tent" which was packed pretty much the entire day. Some of the best sets to come out of EDC NY were from Rebecca & Fiona, Afrojack, ATB, Calvin Harris, Cosmic Gate, Tyler Sherritt, Bassjackers, and Carl Cox and Loco Dice B2B. The artists definitely came out to show the fans a great time and they did all that and more. The energy was contagious throughout the event grounds and everyone seemed to be having a great time. The crowd of roughly 90,000 throughout the two-day festival showed up and certainly came to party. Bedazzled in their kandi, neon, and flashy (and sometimes actually flashing) clothing , the crowd never stopped grooving to who ever was gracing the decks.
There were five stages laid out across the festival grounds, with each one bringing out there own unique vibe. My two personal favorites were Kinetic Field and Cosmic Meadows/Circuit Grounds. Which is where I spent a majority of my time seeing headliners like ATB, Porter Robinson, Eric Prydz, R3hab, Dash Berlin, and many more. The stages featured a spectacle of LED lights, CO2 cannons, pyrotechnics, and live carnival performers throughout the days. Another stage that was popping off the whole weekend was the deep house playground; Neon Garden.
Fans were able to catch artists like Richie Hawtin, Art Department, Seth Troxler, Damian Lazarus, and Carl Cox and Loco Dice B2B to close out the festival. It was the only stage that was enclosed in a tent, which made it unique in its own sense. This also was a clutch spot to hang during the rain on Saturday. Lastly, the firework show that was produced in and around Citi Field lit up the night sky like it was the fourth of July in NY harbor. It was magnificent … props to Grucci fireworks for the show.
So, was the second Electric Daisy Carnival NY a success? Hell yeah! (At least in my opinion, which is why you're reading this right?) Despite the less than ideal weather and last minute cancellations (Nervo, you were definitely missed, but you're at Pacha this weekend so we're cool - no feelings hurt), Insomniac and RPM Worldwide definitely succeeded in bringing their trademark all-encompassing festival experience back to New York. With EDC Chicago going on this weekend, we can't help but be extremely jealous of the residents of the Windy City. Now all we can do is wait to see what EDC NY brings us next year… how many days until then?