Despite many a sleepless night, we (barely) made it through the three-day electronic music festival aptly dubbed Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) that went down last Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. If you don’t already know, EDC is like the lovechild of the biggest rave/party in North America and a huge carnival. The weekend had numerous ups and downs, but overall we (and everyone who attended) were extremely happy with the results. Below, we give you a day-by-day breakdown from everything that happened over the weekend.
EDC Day 1
The best (and sometimes the worst) part of an event as large as EDC is the fact that it spans over 10 hours (starting from 7PM onward). Unfortunately, this worked against a number of the attendees on the first night because some of the most talked about artists played early, specifically Knife Party. We heard that the duo started the party off right with an electro/dubstep set that was to be remembered.
The next big set on that night was the legendary Thomas Gold. Whether he’s DJing or producing, he’s a man that never disappoints. His experience on the decks shined through like always and he had the crowd really going. The main stage’s line up was incredible all weekend and Friday was no different with Afrojack, Kaskade, Alesso, Bassjackers, and Fedde Le Grand back-to-back. We heard a number of people argue that Afrojack’s set was the best of the night and one of the best all weekend. That makes perfect sense to us.
EDC Day 2
As the weekend went on, set lists arguably kept getting better and Day 2 was no exception. Well, except for the fact that the event was shut down halfway through. Check out the article we wrote on the whole situation here.
Despite the crazy winds, there were still some really good sets to catch. In particular, Nicky Romero’s early set at the main stage which was a display of great electro house. Many said that both Feed Me’s set and Digitalism’s DJ set were of particular note. We only got through 15 minutes of an incredible Tommy Trash set when the call was made to shut everything down until the gale-like wind stopped. Unfortunately, that never happened and took with it some of the biggest sets of the weekend, including Avicii, Tiesto, Blue Man Group & Steve Aoki, Richie Hawtin, Armin Van Buuren, MSTRKRFT, and lots more.
EDC Day 3
No one knew what to expect on day 3 because of the precautionary shut down the day before. At the forefront of everyone’s mind was whether or not Mother Nature would let the festival continue. Fortunately for everyone, the final hoorah continued without a hiccup and had the best weather of the weekend. Due to his cancellation the day before, Avicii spun a half hour set at the main stage in order to whet the appetite’s of those who came to see him. Also, in true Insomniac fashion, they allowed everyone who had Day 2 passes to also attend Day 3 for no additional charge. The only real challenge left was deciding what sets to see. The later it got, the harder it got.
Of particular note among the many performances we caught on that last day, were Chuckie and Dirty South’s back-to-back sets at the main stage. Both were great starts to what was already shaping up to be a big finale. We were also really excited to see Sandro Silva at the Neon Gardens stage. He absolutely blew it and us out of the water with his skills. Laidback Luke’s set right after was, in our opinion, top five of the weekend. It was easily that good. Dubstep great Cookie Monsta finished up over at the bass stage and supposedly killed it, but we opted for Mr. Flux Pavilion who rarely plays stateside. It was a great decision and a fantastic end to a great weekend.
All in all, it was a phenomenal festival (that our bodies are still paying for). We look forward to being equally, if not more, sleep deprived next year when we attend EDC again. How was your EDC experience? Did we miss a great set? Tell us in the comments below.