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Entries in electric daisy carnival (23)

Friday
Jun072013

EDC Chicago: A Photo Review

As a Midwest native, I'd always dreamed of what it would be like to attend an Insomniac event. I was always the one watching their videos nonstop and then begging my friends to watch with me just so they could share this excitement but some just never saw the "wow" factor like I did. I would look at photos and envy and everything about it, wondering when I would finally get the chance to be the "headliner." After Pasquale Rotella had finally made the official announcement that The Road To EDC would make a stop in Joliet at the Chicagoland Speedway, I knew it was finally my chance. So I embarked on the weekend of the lifetime, and while packing to leave, I knew I'd be leaving part of myself there.

This year was not only EDC's first stop in the Midwest but it was also EDC's first and only venue that provided the option to camp during the festival. Insomniac did an amazing job of creating the ultimate experience for campers. Campers were able to enter the campground Thursday and enjoy a pre-party featuring sets from Discovery Project winners Crizzly and Bare. During the day before gates were open Insomniac had plenty of activities available for campers. There were sessions for tie dying, making your own totem poles, and constructing your own "memory bracelets" (aka kandi). Showers were provided daily and Garnier provided a tent to style campers hair. Food vendors provided the option of already prepared meals but campers were also able to cook their own meals at the community grill. To escape the cold, a tent was set up with heaters and a charging station. The tent became a sanctuary for everyone that weekend since the weather was not on our side.

Camping was the perfect opportunity for everyone to connect and establish long lasting friendships and keep the party going long after the festival grounds closed in the early AM. The entire experience was made very safe with Ground Control monitoring the campsite 24/7 to ensure there weren't any mishaps. The most appreciated feature camping provided must have been the option to go back and forth between the campground and the festival grounds. Since the weather hit some bitter low temps, many campers would run back to their tents to bundle up after the sun went down.

Day one of EDC started off with a bang. An estimated 20,000 concert goers flooded Chicagoland Speedway to experience the 60+ musical acts. Insomniac’s interactive art installations, non stop carnival rides, and seven minute firework show illuminated the track the entire night. There was also a surprise performance from the Redbull Skydiving team.

Above & Beyond stole the show Friday night with their two hour set at the Circuitgrounds stage. Feed Me also made a breathtaking performance and was one hell of a performance to mark Johnathan Gooch's temporary hiatus. Other acts that topped off the night were Gareth Emery, Rebecca & Fiona, Martin Solveig, Kaskade, and Nadastrom.

Day two packed about 24,000 fans and festivalgoers were lucky to experience weather that was a tad warmer. Insomniac dealt with many noise complaints from the night before from residents claiming that the music and bass was so loud that pictures were falling off their walls within their neighboring homes. The promoters compromised by lowering stage volumes about 33% and moving the fireworks shows to an earlier time.

Saturday’s lineup featured Tritonal, Cazzette, Bro Safari, W&W, Hard Rock Sofa, Mat Zo, Borgore, Mimosa, Ferry Corsten, Hardwell, Avicii, Benny Benny Banassi, Fedde le Grand, and Armin van Buuren, among others. Armin packed KineticField and put the entire crowd in the ultimate state of Trance in a show-stopping two hour set. Over at the CircuitGrounds stage Hardwell really warmed the crowd up with a dynamic taste of Electro House.

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Friday
Apr052013

Insomniac Announces EDC London @ Olympic Park July 20

Insomniac founder Pasquale Rotella has been on a roll lately, and this is a huge surprise to anyone who has been following the SoCal promoter since the days when his events were was strictly in California. Pasquale has stated that UK rave culture has been an inspiration to him from the start, and in honor of the legendary nightlife vibe that the Brits blessed us with he will be hosting along with Cream the first ever international Electric Daisy Carnival as a one day event in London. The festival is headed to the Olympic Park on July 20th and tickets go on sale April 9th at 10 AM BST. The preliminary lineup is to include the likes of Tiesto, Avicii, Steve Angello, Alesso, Hardwell, Madeon, Porter Robinson, Rusko, Fake Blood, and more. 

By Edward Fancher

Wednesday
Apr032013

Finally: Electric Daisy Carnival New York City Lineup Released

Yesterday Insomniac owl-in-chief Pasquale Rotella promised us a very special announcement for today to follow up on the release of the official EDC NY trailer. Well start the drumroll because here's the phase one lineup, with more names to be announced in coming weeks! We couldn't be more excited for a new and different journey into the world of Electric Daisy here in New York City at a new venue. See you at Citi Field on May 17th and 18th, and grab those tickets before they sell out!

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By Edward Fancher

Wednesday
Jan162013

EDC Chicago Dates Announced, Tickets Onsale January 23rd

Insomniac is at it again. In their latest attempt to expand their reign over our Electric generation, Pasquale Rotella has confirmed that the latest EDC to be added to the roster will be held at the Chicagoland Speedway as rumored. The best part about this whole thing is that this will be the first EDC in history to offer camping! The Land of Lincoln is getting ready for a crazy kickoff to the summer season, with three days of pumping bass, psychedelic art installations, and loads of smiles on May 24th, 25th and 26th. Tickets go onsale Wednesday, January 23rd at 12 PM CST. Three day tickets will start at $175, so shoutout for keeping the prices reasonable Pasquale!

By Edward Fancher

Thursday
Jan032013

Throwback Thursday: Above & Beyond EDC 2010 Set [Free Download]

Believe it or not, there was a time before Group Therapy. This Thursday we throwback to EDC 2010, the last year that the Electric Daisy Carnival was still held in Los Angeles. Starting off with a silky sweet track with a little help of German duo Kyau & Albert, Jono & Paavo proceed to take you on along for a wild ride. After our expedition to Oakland for POP NYE, we just couldn't get enough A&B, so we had this set on repeat the whole way back to LA. You guys will have to wait a little bit for our whole event review just because it was one of the most special events our TranceFamily has ever attended, but for now enjoy a little bit of Cali EDM history with one of the smoothest mixes in the books. Just a reminder today that there's more to a track than a drop, it's about the journey. Press play and get ready to lose your mind.

 

Tracklist

01. Above & Beyond vs. Kyau & Albert - Anphonic
02. Nic Chagall, Rank 1 & Wippenberg - 100
03. ID
04. Faithless - Not Going Home (Armin van Buuren Remix)
05. 7 Skies - Sushi
06. OceanLab vs. Gareth Emery - On A Metropolis Day (Myon & Shane 54 Mashup)
07. Andrew Bayer - From The Earth (Breakfast Remix)
08. Above & Beyond feat. Richard Bedford - Thing Called Love (Club Mix)
09. Arty - Hope
10. Tiesto feat. BT - Love Comes Again (Bart Claessen Remix)
11. Above & Beyond - Anjunabeach (Nitrous Oxide Remix)
12. Above & Beyond feat. Zoë Johnston - Good For Me (Club Mix)
13. Nitrous Oxide - Dreamcatcher (Club Mix)
14. Alt+F4 - Alt+F4 (Dan Stone Remix)

By Edward Fancher