Electric Daisy Carnival
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|Electric Daisy Carnival|
Las Vegas, Nevada
Mexico City, Mexico
Los Angeles, California
San Bernardino, California
New York City, New York
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Milton Keynes, U.K.
São Paulo, Brazil
New Delhi, India
|Years active||1991-1993 (first incarnation)
|Founded by||Insomniac Events|
Electric Daisy Carnival, commonly known as EDC, is one of the biggest electronic dance music festivals in the world, with its flagship held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada. Popular electronic dance producers and DJs such as Armin van Buuren, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Yellow Claw, and Tiësto perform at the many locations held yearly for EDC. The festival incorporates various styles of dance music including trap, bounce, trance, techno, bass, house, hardstyle, and more. Since its inception it has since spread to various venues across the United States as well as abroad, including Mexico, Puerto Rico, the UK, Brazil, Japan and India. The largest electronic music festival outside of Europe, EDC was dubbed the "American Ibiza" in 2010. In 2009, EDC became a two-day event, and in 2011 a three-day event in Las Vegas that drew 230,000 people. In 2015 it drew more than 400,000 over three days (134,000 per day).
- 1 History
- 1.1 1997-1998
- 1.2 1999
- 1.3 2000
- 1.4 2001
- 1.5 2002
- 1.6 2003
- 1.7 2004
- 1.8 2005
- 1.9 2006
- 1.10 2007
- 1.11 2008
- 1.12 2009
- 1.13 2010
- 1.14 2011
- 1.15 2012
- 1.16 2013
- 1.17 2014
- 1.18 2015
- 1.19 2016
- 1.20 2017
- 1.21 2018
- 2 External links
- 3 References
The first Electric Daisy Carnival rave was held in the early 1990s at an open field in Pacoima, in Los Angeles, California, by Gary Richards and DJ Steve Kool-Aid (real name: Stephen Enos). In the early years, several southern California venues played host to the annual electronic music festival: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Exposition Park in Los Angeles, National Orange Show Events Center in San Bernardino, Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach, Lake Dolores Waterpark in Barstow, Hansen Dam in Lake View Terrace, and the International Agri-Center in Tulare.
In 1997, its next incarnation was held at the Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles. "Electric Daisy Carnival" was selected by Insomniac's partner Philip Blaine. The name usage was approved by Steve Kool-Aid via Gary Richards as a homage to the original creation from several years prior.
Electric Daisy Carnival took place at Lake Dolores Waterpark in Newberry Springs, California. Pasquele Rotella always dreamt of having the most rip-roaring level party the world has ever seen. The festival first took place in a small venue that would mark the first step into making this dream come true. The small event held at Lake Dolores Waterpark, was called Insomniac. At the time the LA Rave scene was reaching it's peak where house music was no longer being held at clubs, the more attention it was getting the more of a demand there was for larger venues. Henceforth, this began a journey for Rotella to work towards satisfying the apetite of the first wave of Ravers.
Electric Daisy Carnival travels to Southern California's Hansen Dam, expanding to six stages: the Merry Go Round, the Fun House, Clown Alley, the Confusin’ & Amuzin’ Mirror Maze, Bassrush Arena and Cosmic Healing Temple.
This year also saw the first out-of-state EDC, held in Austin, Texas.
Queen Mary Events Park was the destination for Electric Daisy Carnival 2003.
Electric Daisy Carnival returns to the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino.
Electric Daisy Carnival celebrates 10 years of dance with its final event at the NOS Events Center.
The California event was held June 28 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Exposition Park. Unexpectedly high attendance caused massive lines and long waits of several hours. Some claimed that it was over its stated capacity of 65,000 people.
Announced at Nocturnal Festival 2008 to be a two-day festival, the California event was held on June 26–27. On Friday, approximately 55,000 attendees were present and Saturday saw a crowd of approximately 99,000. EDC 2009 was held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and used the entire southern half of Exposition Park.
EDC Puerto Rico
EDC Los Angeles had one of the highest attendance, up to 185,000 people. Though tickets were starting at $60, some attendees paid over $100 per ticket.
It drew criticism from local authorities and promoters alike after minors under the required age of 16 gained entrance, and over 100 people were hospitalized after a crowd stampede. A 15-year-old female attendee, Sasha Rodriguez, died after taking MDMA. The city of Los Angeles placed a moratorium on all remaining events scheduled for 2010 and a moratorium on future events, pending the outcome of the new security and safety provisions. The new provisions included the hiring of on-site doctors, and stated attendees must be over 18 years of age.
The Texas festival was held on June 19 at Fair Park in Dallas. 11,000 people were in attendance.
EDC Puerto Rico
Main stage, EDC Las Vegas, 2011
Due to previous controversy of EDC's former residence in Los Angeles, EDC moved its flagship festival to Las Vegas, Nevada. The event was held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway from June 24–26. Reportedly 230,000 people had attended the 3 day festival.[according to whom?]
EDC Orlando 2011 was held on May 27–28 at Orlando's Tinker Field, and the grounds adjacent to the Florida Citrus Bowl. EDC Orlando 2011 had approximately 12,000 on Friday and 20,000 on Saturday.
EDC Colorado the same year was held at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds in Aurora on June 11.
Electric Daisy Carnival Dallas was held June 18 at Fair Park with an estimated 25,000 attendees. Temperatures above 110 degrees led to dozens of hospitalizations and at least one death, which made it the last EDC held in Dallas.
EDC Puerto Rico
The Puerto Rico festival took place on August 27.
2012's three-day EDC in Vegas (June 8–10) saw attendance increase by 30%, to a total of 320,000 attendees. A 31-year-old male from Florida died after being struck by a truck as he left EDC at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on June 11. Friends reported that he had been drinking and smoking.
The second night had to shut down early at 1 a.m. due to high winds, of up to 30 mph that started around 8 p.m. 90,000 fans were directed to the speedway’s bleachers. DJs Markus Schulz and Steve Aoki, who were both scheduled to play that night, performed impromptu sets on the Insomniac Wide Awake art car for a short period, before officials ordered it to close as potentially dangerous winds were expected until 5 a.m. In order to make up for the cancellation, Insomniac allowed those with Saturday passes to return on Sunday.
The Nevada event at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on June 8–10. This was the first time that Insomniac Events partnered with Q-dance events in order to bring Hardstyle dance music to a major U.S. music festival. This was the first Q-dance event ever to be held on American soil.
On August 9, 2012, the media announced that EDC Orlando would be making a return to Tinker Field on November 9–10. This coincided with the popular annual Dayglow event in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, called "Dancegiving" held the weekend after Thanksgiving. With considerations in mind, Insomniac officially announced the November 9 and 10 dates.
EDC New York
On May 18–20, the event occurred for the first time in New Jersey. The venue was the MetLife Stadium at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford. Although the venue was located in New Jersey, the festival was coined Electric Daisy Carnival New York due to the proximity to New York City. The event drew 45,000 attendees per day.
EDC Las Vegas was held June 21–23. The setup at the event also led Insomniac to set the record for the largest structural stage in North America.
In 2013, EDC was held in London for the first time.
For the first time, EDC traveled to Chicago where it rained.
EDC New York
EDC returned to New York
EDC Puerto Rico
Back again, EDC returned to San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Continuing tradition, EDC returned to Orlando, Florida.
In 2014, EDC was held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on June 20–22, 2014. Insomniac Events announced that all 345,000 tickets to the three-day festival had been sold by June 18, 2014. At the conclusion of the 2014 event, the massive three-day festival drew in roughly 134,000 per day.
EDC returned to Europe for the second rendition in Milton Keynes.
EDC Puerto Rico
EDC Puerto Rico returned to San Juan.
The festival returned to Orlando, Florida as well for 2014.
EDC New York
EDC New York took place over Memorial Day weekend 2014.
The first EDC Mexico took place on March 15–16, 2014.
Under the Electric Sky
EDC Las Vegas 2015 was held in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on June 19, 20 & 21. EDC Las Vegas 2015 was met with unwanted publicity for the death of a UC Irvine graduate on the second night of the festival. Death was ruled as related to MDMA.
Within the U.S., EDC took place in Orlando, Florida at Tinker Field on November 6 & 7, and East Rutherford, New Jersey at MetLife Stadium on May 23 & 24. Internationally, EDC was held at Estadio Sixto Escobar in San Juan, Puerto Rico for the sixth time on February 21 & 22, Autódromo José Carlos Pace in São Paulo, Brazil for the first time December 4 & 5, Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City, Mexico for the second time on February 28-March 1, and the National Bowl in Milton Keynes, UK for the third time on July 17.
EDC New York
EDC returned to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. That event ran from 16–19 June. Over 135,000 attendees showed up on opening night. A 34-year-old man from California died with a cause still pending. Event was held during a heatwave that recorded temperatures over 110 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 90 degrees at night. This is the first year the quantumVALLEY trance stage is introduced and hosted by the Dreamstate brand.
EDC returned for the 4th time to Mexico City. This time Pasquale Rotella announced that EDC Mexico was the 2nd biggest Insomniac festival. The festival took place at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez from 25–26 February.
EDC Orlando 2017 was announced during commercial break of EDC Las Vegas 2017's livestream on Red Bull TV. The following Tuesday, it was announced via the Insomniac website as well as the branded EDC Orlando website. The event returned to Tinker Field on November 10–11, 2017.
EDC plans to return to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on new dates, May 18, 19 & 20, and adds camping.
The Mexico City rendition looks to take place February 24 & 25 back at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
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