Festival season in New York prominently kicked off over the weekend with Electric Daisy Carnival NY, a small contingent of Insomniac‘s international festival family. Though smaller in capacity and spread over two days rather than last year’s three-day festival, EDC NY packed a lot of punch into Queens’ Citi Field.
The five stages were mapped out on a semi-circle in Citi Field’s parking lot with genres and sub genres confined in opposite corners, while the two main stages housed a variety of headliners. Artists like Eric Prydz, Steve Angello, ATB, Afrojack, Headhunterz, La Roux, Porter Robinson, and Zeds Deads rocked the side-by-side Kinetic Field and Circuit Grounds with enough LED lights to last a lifetime.
Two days accommodated 22 hours of continuous music from all sides of the spectrum–indie/pop tunes with Empire of the Sun and La Roux added a refreshing twist to the sea of electronic music enthusiasts, but maybe you wanted to take a walk on the dark side with Richie Hawtin‘s ENTER or Carl Cox and friends? Whatever your fix, this year’s EDC provided a little something for everyone.
Aside from perfect festival weather, Cedric Gervais, Mark Knight, Damian Lazarus, and Maceo Plex provided an environment awash with great vibes, delicate touches of cymbals, and hi hats early on Friday. An airy Maceo sound spiked with the thunderous Maetrik goodness practically blew the roof off the Neon Garden. Standout tracks included the unreleased Bad Boy from Jamie Principle, Midland’s Trace, and a brand-new collaboration from Cajmere and Maceo, Calm Under Pressure. Dubfire and Richie Hawtin controlled our senses with heavily fortified frequencies and predatory drums in the Neon Garden, but the man of the day had to be Eric Prydz.
Relentless in his deliverance of progressive fury, Prydz took the Kinetic Field on an journey through bass, tempo, and some dungeon beats. As Fast Forward played, some festival newbies ran for the gates while others clamored for the consistent dark drums. Midnight City, Rotunda, Every Day, and Cirez D favorites On Off and Thunderstruck hit the crowd like an unending earthquake, all senses lost so Pryda could creep into our cerebellums with Not Going Home (Eric Prydz Edit)–an exceptional 90-minute set from the man who hath many faces.
Saturday’s atmospheric space-funk vibe was one not usually found at such a colorful festival. Soul Clap played back-to-back with Wolf & Lamb, followed by Art Department creating an organic aura of fluttering synths and exotic basslines in the Neon Garden, while Bassjackers, Culture Shock, Quintino, and Rebecca & Fiona drove the afternoon clouds away with high-pitched festival anthems like Kid Cudi’s Pursuit Of Happiness (Steve Aoki Remix), Where Is My Mind (Bassnectar Remix), and of course, Kick Out The Epic Motherfucker vs Pjanoo.
Saturday’s true gem was the brilliant percussion of tech house coming from Carl Cox and Loco Dice to close out the Neon Garden. Though small in size, this year’s Electric Daisy Carnival New York offered a variety of very danceable, hands-in-the-air entertainment for the city’s collection of characters.
Last, but certainly not least, was The Wide Awake Art Car, which carried a sea of new talent from Insomniac’s Discovery Project as well as some New York locals. Check out the winning mixes, and stay tuned to catch our top pick to be featured on LessThan3’s Heartbeat Podcast.