This year’s Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas was without a doubt one of Insomniac’s finest productions ever, if not the finest. Everything from the out-of-this-world music to the colossal, mushroom-laden, owl-infested mainstage setup and you, the headliner, made this year’s EDC one of the most unforgettable experiences yet. Now that we’ve had a few days to let the weekend set in and frenetically search for the dozens of insane IDs we heard throughout the weekend, it’s time to lay down our five favorite big room electro and progressive sets from the weekend.
Carnage absolutely demolished the Basspod with his set on Saturday. Proclaiming himself as the first person to play trance on the Basspod, Carnage laid down a few crowd favorites like Armin Van Buuren’s This Is What It Feels Like, W&W’s Thunder, and MAKJ’s remix of Trinidad James’ All Gold Everything. But, of course, no Carnage set would be complete without some slapping festival trap remixes. His remix of Hardwell’s Spaceman and an edit of GTA, Digital Lab and Henrix’s Hit It had the entire crowd rocking back and forth.
4. Mat Zo
Mat Zo demonstrated why he is a must-see artist with his set at the Circuit Grounds on Saturday. Zo showed fans just what type of night they were in for as he opened with Knife Party’s lethal single EDM Death Machine. He then continued to venture the musical spectrum with tracks such as Above & Beyond’s Walter White and an epic hip-hop/house/d&b mashup of Daft Punk’s Get Lucky. Tally up another insane set for Mat Zo.
3. Porter Robinson
Porter Robinson arguably had the most fun and diverse set of the entire weekend. He never ceases to amaze me with his keen mixing ability and his almost surreal track selection, leaving fans like me on our toes eagerly awaiting the next drop or subliminal transition. Aside from playing some mind-blowing experimental music, Porter had fans dancing on command when he played favorites like Unison, 100% In The Bitch, and The Seconds.
2. Knife Party (Sunday)
Looking back at EDC, it’s hard for me to find a set that went harder from start to finish than Knife Party’s Sunday set on the HARD stage. Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen threw everything they had at this wild and berserk crowd, including VIP mixes of Rage Valley, Internet Friends, and Power Glove and original mixes of Fire Hive and LRAD. Even the great Knife Party could not shy away from blasting some trap for their fans, unleashing Twinz Beatz’s Bass Gon’ Drop and Ookay’s trap remix of Internet Friends.
The number one big room set of the weekend goes to none other than Tiesto. He began his barrage of both new and old classics on the Kinetic Field on Saturday with his collaboration with Dyro, Paradise, and immediately grabbed the attention of the tens of thousands of screaming fans who packed in to see one of the world’s most captivating DJs. In the ensuing songs, Tijs Verwest would unleash a few of his own productions such as Hell Yeah! with Showtek and Out Of Control with Alvaro, as well as a few big room gems like Martin Garrix’s newly released Animals and Sultan & Ned Shepard’s Walls. His classic Adagio For Strings made an appearance toward the latter part of his set, which I’m sure touched the heart of every fan in attendance.