The widely-celebrated and iconic electronic music festival known as Electric Daisy Carnival has some exciting details to share about the 4th annual New York stop during Memorial Day Weekend 2015! Rumors of the line up have been circulating the web for weeks but now we finally have the confirmed Saturday and Sunday line ups and single day tickets are officially on sale as well. I’ve attended the last two EDC-NY’s in a row and plan to go this year as well. Each year I find myself hesitantly crawling back (I’ll explain later). First and foremost I must admit, the line up is always irresistible and this year is no different. Big names like Armin Van Buuren, Bassnectar, Carl Cox, Calvin Harris, DJ Snake, Eric Prydz, Flux Pavilion, Kaskade, Knife Party, Seven Lions and Tiesto immediately grab your attention. A second glance reveals more low-key personal favorites like Justin Martin, Brodinski, Duke Dumont, The Magician, and Jack Beats. With more to be announced closer to the event, it’s VERY likely that they have a small handful of superstars hidden up their sleeve.
*Disclaimer* Metlife Stadium is in New Jersey
Now since there might be some readers out there who can’t decide which of the seemingly infinite summer festivals they want to blow their savings on just yet, I’ll briefly run through the ups+downs of my experiences at EDC-NY so you can get some perspective.
The inaugural EDC-NY was held in 2012 at Metlife stadium and in 2013 it was moved to CitiField (which was the first time I attended). According to friends, the first EDC was more enjoyable than the second EDC solely due to the set-up of the event. What I didn’t enjoy at EDC 2013 was the unbearable noise pollution that I couldn’t escape no matter which stage I walked to and how unbelievably oversold the festival was. Yes, overwhelmingly dense crowds are something you can’t avoid at any festival but to say this event in particular was ridiculously packed is a total understatement. Everywhere you went you had to cling onto your friends for dear life, using the elbow-to-elbow “train” technique to navigate a vast sea of people. Of course, every large-scale event is destined to face certain obstacles, especially when setting up at a venue for the first time. Don’t get me wrong, EDC 2013 at CitiField was a massive success. The lineup was phenomenal, each performance was either a wild party or spiritually-moving piece of art, and while the stages could maybe have been a tad flashier I thoroughly enjoyed both the talent and atmosphere present.
In 2014 EDC returned to MetLife stadium and dazzled by the line up I bought a Saturday pass and was having a f*kn blast…until the festival shut down for about an hour due to unexpected flash flooding. People immediately sprinted to the stadium for cover and while the stampedes of bros that nonchalantly plowed their way past people made it indoors, you can imagine that out of the 50,000 that attended most were left to wait for the storm to pass in the pouring rain (including myself). The festival posted updates during this time and resumed as soon as it was safe outdoors which I commend, but didn’t lift the “no re-entry rule” which would have saved a lot of people from walking around looking like this all evening (also including myself):
In the future, it would be pretty sweet if festivals allowed people to leave and wait it out in the comfort of their parked cars if there is obviously not enough shelter for everyone. Yes, weather is something that we will never be able to control but festivals should still prepare for the worst and adapt to keep the fans happy. Fortunately by the end of the night the energy bounced right back and people shamelessly shuffled and twerked the night away. The pyrotechnics were impressive, the light shows were mesmerizing and the sound was pretty clean. I traded a bracelet with a nice guy for a dry spare t-shirt, bought a dry pair of shorts, and popped my Bassnectar cherry so all in all it was a successful night full of pleasant memories.
Practice makes perfect, and last year certainly topped the one before. Let’s hope that EDC has listened to the feedback of their loyal attendees and anticipate the best EDC yet!
Kisses and Kandi,
P.S. Festivals…please invest in selling clean dry socks. It’s the little things that make all the difference.