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|
The event primarily features electronic dance producers and DJs such as Armin van Buuren, Calvin Harris, Hardwell, Alesso, Kaskade, Martin Garrix, Zedd, Afrojack, Seven Lions, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Yellow Claw, and Tiësto. The festival incorporates all kinds of electronic music. Sponsors for recent EDC events include Corona, Smirnoff, and Uber.
EDC was created with the purpose of utilizing music and art to inspire individuals. In addition to the music, individuals can experience the three-dimensional superstructures, colorful, glow-in-the-dark environments, and all manner of LED-infused flora and fauna. Part of the unforgettable experience are the interactive art installations scattered throughout EDC and the thrilling, as well as relaxing rides. The goal is ultimately for EDC to be a place where people can connect, on and off the dance floor. This event welcomes everyone, not discriminating against shape, size, and color.
In 2017, EDC won the Festival of the Year award at the Electronic Music Awards.
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The first Electric Daisy Carnival rave started off as a warehouse party in the early 1990s at an open field in Pacoima, in Los Angeles, California, by Gary Richards and DJ Mr.Koolaid (real name: Stephen Hauptfuhr). 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.
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 Stephen Hauptfuhr (Mr.Koolaid) via Gary Richards (Destructo) as a homage to the original creation from several years prior.
Electric Daisy Carnival was held at Hansen Dam in southern California, expanding for the first time to multiple stages: the Merry Go Round, the Fun House, Clown Alley, the Confusin’ & Amuzin’ Mirror Maze, Bassrush Arena and Cosmic Healing Temple.
In the same year, another EDC was held in Austin, Texas.
2002 - 2006
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 Los Angeles had an attendance of about 185,000 people. Though tickets were starting at $60, some attendees paid over $100 per ticket.
It drew criticism from local authorities and promoters after people under the required age of 16 gained entrance, and over 100 ravers were hospitalized after a crowd stampede. A 15-year-old 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.
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 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.
In 2012, the 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.
EDC Orlando was held at Tinker Field on November 9–10. This coincided with the annual Dayglow event in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, called "Dancegiving" held the weekend after Thanksgiving.
EDC New York was held May 18–20 at the MetLife Stadium at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. 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.
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.
The setup at the event also led Insomniac to set the record for the largest structural stage in North America.
The first EDC Mexico was held on March 15–16, 2014.
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.
EDC was also held at 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.
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EDC Las Vegas was held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway from June 17–19, 2016.
EDC UK was held at Milton Keynes, England on 9 July 2016.
EDC Orlando was held at Tinker Field in Orlando, Florida, from November 4–5, 2016.
EDC returned to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway from June, with over 135,000 attendees on opening night. Heat-related incidents saw a significant increase, with double the medical-related calls on opening night year-over-year, while a 34-year-old man died from ecstasy and TFMPP usage, with heat exposure as a contributing factor.
EDC UK 2017, due to be held at Milton Keynes, England in July 2017, was cancelled.
EDC Orlando 2017 was held at Tinker Field on November 10–11, 2017.
EDC Orlando was held at Tinker Field from November 9–10
EDC Las Vegas was held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway from May 18–20; the festival was moved from its traditional June scheduling so that it will be held in relatively cooler conditions. The festival also introduced on-site camping (including rentable campers and RV parking) and earlier opening times in order to reduce traffic congestion. An estimated 411,400 people attended the festival over the three days.
EDC Mexico in Mexico City was planned for February 24–25 at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
EDC Japan in Tokyo, May 12 & 13 at Chiba Seaside Park Zozo Marine Stadium. Heavy Rains caused equipment issues.
EDC China in Shanghai, April 29 & 30, debut at Shanghai International Music Park.
EDC Las Vegas is scheduled to return to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for May 17–19, 2019.
EDC Mexico in Mexico City is scheduled to return to Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez for February 23-24, 2019.
For every flagship festival held, Insomniac Care, donates a percentage of ticket sales to national charities and community organizations. In the past, EDC Las Vegas has partnered with Surreal, a fundraising platform, to raise money from festival goers who enter in a sweepstake for helicopter rides and other activities with popular DJs. Since 2011, over two million dollars have been donated to groups. Some organizations are named below.
- Rock the Vote
- Families for Effective Autism Treatment
- Injured Police Officers Fund
- Boys and Girls Club of Southern Nevada
- Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation
- The Las Vegas Academy for Arts
Awards and nominations
|2010||Best Music Event||Electric Daisy Carnival - Los Angeles, California||Nominated|||
|2012||Electric Daisy Carnival - Las Vegas, Nevada||Nominated|||
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