Electronic Daisy Carnival 2012: The Guide
MUSIC | U.S. FESTIVAL GUIDES
By Stephanie Magallanes
Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC)
1 magical city, 3 days, 7 stages and over 230,000 attendees make EDC Las Vegas North America’s largest electronic music festival.
Named ‘Americas Ibiza’ The Electronic Daisy Carnival is approaching its 15th year as an electronic music festival. Back in 1997, the first EDC was held at The Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles, California. Believe it or not the festivals original capacity was only a measly 3500 people! Add another zero to that number and you’ll be closer to the expectancy of this years’ number of ticket holders. In previous years, multiple unique SoCal venues have played host to the annual electronic music festival. These include the 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 Water park in Mark Lapro Barstow, Hansen Dam in Sylmar, and the International Agri-Center in Tulare. In 2011 the festival moved its residency to The Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada. This years’ event will be held the weekend of June 8th-10th.
In a recent press release Pasquale Rotella, founder and CEO of Insomniac Events shared some of his thoughts and projections on this years’ fest. “As dance music continues to explode on a global scale, we’ll continue to push the boundaries of what makes Insomniac unique: a fully immersive festival experience that features hundreds of theatrical performers, interactive art installations, pyrotechnics and special effects, state of the art production, not to mention the largest stage in North America.”
Some of the highlights added to their multi-sensory experience include The Blue Man Group, first US appearance by European hard style dance group Q-dance, and an interactive carnival experience with rides and theatrical performances.
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The highly anticipated event has over 100 of the biggest names in electronic music. This years headliners include Tiesto, Kaskade, Avicci, Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Erick Morillo, Steve Angello and Armin van Buuren to name a few. So, if you’re looking for the crème de la crème EDM (short for electronic dance music) experience then look no further and get your tickets NOW!
As always I am providing YOU, the listener, an assorted collection of a few of my top picks from this years lustrous roster of EDC’s acts.
Blue Man Group:
Fun Fact: An avant-garde theatre group, which produces theatrical shows and concerts featuring popular music
Fun fact: In 2006 the duo originally sampled and brought back Etta James’s ‘Something’s Got a Hold of Me’ and Nightmares on Wax ‘You Wish’
Fun Fact: Over 30 years in the biz, his highly acclaimed success runs from producing to after hour’s marathons and considered the DJs ’DJ’. It’s rumored he’s retiring this year
Fun fact: At 19 years old he has already toured and performed internationally with Tiesto, Skrillex, Deadmau5, A-trak, Dada-life and many more.
Fun Fact: In college Aoki held underground parties at his Biko House in the Santa Barbara Student Housing Cooperative, which was located in Isla Vista. The apartment became known as The Pickle Patch, a concert venue.
Fun fact: Big on producing their own music this dynamic duo has also remixed songs for the likes of Kylie Minogue, Katy Perry, Bloc Party, Wolfmother, The Kills and many more. One of their most famous is Justice’s single D.A.N.C.E
Fun fact: The man, the myth, the legend! Car Cox has been DJ’ing and producing for over 30’s years. He even has his own DJ 20,000 person capity tent at Ultra Music Festival called ‘Carl Cox & Friends’, and if you’ve ever been to UMF you know that’s one tent you DO NOT MISS!
Fun fact: Australian twin sister, Miriam and Olivia Nervo work as models, djs, and songwriters. They snagged a Grammy for being co-writers to David Guetta feat. Kelly Rowland’s’ hit single ‘When Love Takes Over’.
Fun fact: As a child he joined the choir of the Petits Chanteurs de Sainte-Croix de Neuilly
Fun fact: Canadian duo composed of DC and Hooks; Zeds Dead originally released a hip-hop influenced album in 2004 under their former duo name Mass Productions. In 2009 they launched as Zeds Dead.
Other TOP picks: Nicky Romero, Kaskade, David Guetta, Avicci, Dada-life, Dastik, Ferry Corsten, Tiesto, Above & Beyond, Green Velvet, Josh Wink, Chuckie.
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