This Memorial Day weekend will mark one of the most highly anticipated weekends in NYC festival history. Not one, but two epic EDM festivals will take place in NYC’s immediate vicinity - SFX’s Mysteryland in Bethel Woods, NY and Insomniac’s Electric Daisy Carnival at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.
Although neither event is in NYC proper, they will both compete for the hearts and minds of New York City’s wildly passionate and fiercely dedicated EDM fanbase. As the Electro/Progressive Editor and a veteran festival goer, it was a tough decision to make, but I am throwing my weight behind EDC and will be attending. I certainly believe that EDC has the better lineup for electro/progressive fans and is the preferred choice if you want your festival experience to have a big city feel. I attended the first EDC New York in 2012 and it was an experience I’ll never forget. After a short stint at Citifield in 2013, the LA-born electronic music spectacle returns to the stadium that the New York Giants and Jets call home.
This year’s EDC NY will take place on Saturday, May 24th and Sunday, May 25th and will feature 70 DJs and artists spanning all genres of electronic music and featuring heavyweights like Tiesto, Hardwell, Martin Garrix and Steve Angello. The performances will take place across four impressive stages, including cosmicMeadow, which is on the football field inside MetLife stadium, and kineticField, which will feature the East Coast debut of the huge, animatronic Owl that has become the hallmark of EDC Las Vegas. And of course, everyone’s favorite carnival rides will be accessible for free, ranging from the iconic Ferris wheel to the thrilling Orbiter.
To preview the lineup and help you manage the demanding task of planning your EDC NY itinerary, I present to you my top 5 picks for DJs to check out.
1. Tiësto @ Kinetic Field, Day 2 (Electro/Progressive)
This will be Tiësto’s debut at EDC NY, and it promises to be an epic one, as he's getting ready to release his new album “A Town Called Paradise” in June. Tiësto has begun to broaden his predominant progressive house sound, with recent tracks touching on big room, trap, tech house and even electro-pop tracks from his new album like “Red Lights” and “Wasted” that are breaking into the top 40 mainstream market. Tiësto’s new album features collaborations with numerous big-name DJ-producers and vocalists (Icona Pop, Matthew Koma), so expect some surprise guest appearances on stage.
2. Carl Cox b2b Loco Dice @ Neon Garden, Day 1 (Techno)
Carl Cox has impressively remained relevant in the electronic music scene despite beginning his DJ career over three decades ago when electronic music was a nascent, exclusively undergound scene. At EDC, he and fellow techno DJ Loco Dice will perform back to back, as they have several times before at Space Ibiza, to deliver a soulful techno set that will keep the crowd grooving through the night.
3. Mercer @ Circuit Grounds, Day 1 (Electro/Progressive)
French DJ-producer Mercer is best known for his collaboration with Alvaro featuring Lil Jon “Welcome to the Jungle,” but he has recently made some amazing releases, which have really whet my appetite to see him live at EDC NY. His collab with Bare “Bangla” is one of the hardest electro tracks currently out there, and his remixes of Dada Life’s “Born to Rage” and Armin Van Buuren’s “Ping Pong” electrify these solid originals with new earth-shattering energy.
4. Adam Beyer @ Neon Garden, Day 1 (Techno)
Adam Beyer is another techno DJ that has remained relevant over several decades on the scene. I first discovered him through his pulsating radio show Drumcode, which I have listened to for hours on end. He recently captured the attention of NYC EDM fans by performing a marathon 10-hour set at Pacha NYC. I look forward to becoming one with the machine as Beyer crafts another amazing set from the neonGarden stage.
5. Nero @ Cosmic Meadow, Day 2 (Drum & Bass/Dubstep)
Nero was one of the most impressive performances I witnessed at EDC NY 2012, and I have no reason to doubt they will be again this year. They will once again transform the MetLife football field into a singularity of bass, which you’ll feel in your core. I especially look forward to seeing them drop their newest track “Satisfy,” which has been receiving extremely positive feedback from EDM fans.
As if the amazing DJ lineup wasn’t enough, check out the official EDC New York 2014 trailer:
EDC New York is an 18+ event (21+ to drink). Visit the Official EDC NY Website for more information and to purchase tickets.