Another Electric Daisy Carnival has come and gone, and this time Las Vegas got to be the host of the 3-day event. With over 230,000 attendees and minimal health and security issues, this EDC was by far the most successful in its history. Six stages played everything an EDM lover could want, from dubstep and drum’n’bass to trance and even hardstyle. What were some of the highlight performances, though? LessThan3 has you covered with recaps of some of the best performances of the largest dance festival ever to hit US shores.
Bassnectar – Saturday, Cosmic Meadow
EDC had the pleasure of sharing a stand up performance by the one and only Bassnectar. Real name Lorin Ashton, the Santa Cruz DJ/producer brought with him a very distinct sound and raw energy. Competing with other top names in the scene including Skrillex, Doctor P, and Rusko, Bassnectar’s set stood out proudly from the rest incorporating some proper hip hop remixes and even a rework of Nirvana. The crowd that showed up to see him was massive as well; there was almost not enough area at the Cosmic Meadow stage to accommodate the adoring fans. Finishing his one of a kind performance Saturday night, he snapped a “family picture” after his finale with the crowd as his backdrop.
Above & Beyond – Saturday, Kinetic Field
Few artists touch hearts and minds around the globe quite like Saturday performer Above & Beyond. Uniting thousands of diehard Anjuna fans with a brand new generation sprung by the beloved Group Therapy album, Paavo and Tony showed Vegas just how they like to party. Definitely one of the most magical sights to see that weekend, the massive crowd sang proudly along to their 2011 hits Sun & Moon and Thing Called Love, while also dancing along to some fiercely tech beats. Having grown such an enormous wave of positive energy, Above & Beyond gave EDC something they’ll never forget.
Tritonal – Circuit Grounds, Sunday
Tearing things up with their new album Piercing the Quiet, Texas duo Tritonal have been rising fast this year with shows taking them all over the US and beyond. Taking stage at Circuit Grounds, they brought with them a balanced mix of soothing vocals, fresh melodies, and plenty of foot-stomping hard energy to differentiate between their preferred uplifting sound. Capturing loads of new fans that night, Tritonal showed EDC and the world what a powerful addition they are to the trance family.
Benny Benassi – Kinetic Field, Saturday
The man who first popularized electro, Benny Benassi, was in attendance once again at this year’s EDC. Launching his set with the acidic Automatic B, the legend unleashed plenty of shuffle-worthy electro beats alongside some of his more catchy, mainstream hits like Beautiful People with pop star Chris Brown. In the later portion of his set, the unstoppable Italian rocked some foul dubstep, including a proper rendition of James Blake’s Limit To Your Love. Near the end, Benny Benassi gave EDC a taste of the Skrillex remix of Cinema that had the entire crowd singing along.
Doctor P – Bass Pod, Sunday
Few can rock it like the notorious Doctor P. Prescribing EDC an overdose of his bad medicine in one of his first shows this side of the waters, the MD obliterated the masses this weekend with his smashing Circus Records dubstep hits including Big Boss and Watch Out. The highlight of his performance had to be when he dropped his famous Tetris remix. With so many great acts to choose from at EDC, Doctor P made sure he was heard.
Porter Robinson – Neon Garden, Saturday
EDM’s young challenger has stepped up to the plate and knocked the ball out of the park. 19 year-old Porter Robinson performed for a crowd of over 10,000 people Saturday at the Neon Garden stage, crafting an unbelievable set of originals, remixes, and labelmate collaborations, with the crowd in the palm of his hand. Currently on a star-studded tour with Skrillex and Germany’s new sensation Zeddand with a firm grip on both Traktor and the EDM scene in general, Robinson will continue to rock crowds the world over this summer and beyond.
Plastikman – Cosmic Meadow, Friday
Richie Hawtin’s alterego Plastikman wows crowds every time he steps onstage, and his performance at EDC was no different. Standing behind a wall of finely choreographed lights that offered occasional glimpses of the smartly-coiffed DJ, Plastikman’s beats were generated on the spot and could be heard across the festival–the level of boom in his bass was far beyond what the crowd expected. The minimal/tech lineup was not very big at EDC, but Plastikman was perhaps the only necessary performer from said genre.
Swedish House Mafia – Kinetic Field, Sunday
Playing what some have regarded as the best set at EDC two years in a row, house superstars the Swedish House Mafia brought the majority of festivalgoers to their stage for at least some portion of their set, with an exquisite light show complete with confetti cannons and pyrotechnics to keep the audience engaged. John Martin showed up onstage for a live rendition of current SHM smash Save the World (Tonight), giving the set an almost rock concert feel, if but for a short while.
Feed Me – Neon Garden, Saturday
Mau5trap newcomer Feed Me was a surprising hit, and only because many people haven’t seen the man perform yet. Well, he sure gave a great first impression, playing an unbelievable electrostep set that raised the bar for DJs of the electro and dubstep genres. Seamless blending of tracks was the theme of Feed Me’s set, and he even dropped some unreleased moombahton, which should give fanatics of the nascent genre something to talk about for months to come.
Markus Schulz – Circuit Grounds, Sunday
The man otherwise known as Dakota has decided to go the route of tech trance death in recent months, and boy are we happy about it. Schulz played a mind-numbing set full of current Coldharbour hits and a few ID tracks that many are frothing at the mouth to find out what they were. From the Chris Schweizer bootleg of Zombie Nation to BPM-busting Turbulence by Klauss Goulart, Schulz solidified himself as the trance artist not to miss at any festival.