The long-awaited news about Electric Daisy Carnival New York has finally been spilled. Insomniac has announced that this year's festival will be returning to New York proper at Citi Field in Queens rather than returning to last year's location at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium. As of now, EDC NY is taking place over two days on May 17 and 18 but could potentially turn into three days as last year's was slated for two but quickly added another day after selling out within minutes.
Tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 8th at 12pm EST. Two-day general admission tickets will start out at $159 with VIP tickets selling at $299 (before service fees) and a limited number of single-day tickets will be available at a later date. For more information visit here.
Last year, Insomniac Events expanded their wildly successful Electric Daisy Carnival franchise to the sunshine state - hosting the first ever EDC Orlando at the beginning of summer. And after much anticipation and anxious waiting, the EDM conglomerate has finally confirmed that the festival-turned-fair extravaganza will return to Orlando on November 9 and 10 for another weekend of electro-madness.
Orlando’s Tinker Field will be transformed into a world of musical and carnival wonders, boasting impressive stage setups, interactive art installations, fair rides, and of course a star-studded roster of DJs.
Insomniac understands electronic music. The concert production company has spent the last two decades bringing EDM to new popularity heights with festivals across the country, including their iconic music-festival-meets-amusement-park Electric Daisy Carnival.
Born in 2007 as a one-day festival in Southern California, Electric Daisy Carnival offers house heads a chance to see their favorite DJs whilst riding ferris wheels, bumper cars, carousels and more.
Since its creation, the festival has grown exponentially in size, traveling from coast to coast with stops in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Dallas, Orlando, and most recently last weekend when it debuted at MetLife Stadium for EDC New York.
Electronic music concert-production conglomerate Insomniac is facing dark days, with the indictment of the company’s CEO Pasquale Rotella on charges of bribery, conspiracy, embezzlement, and conflict of interest. However, Insomniac representatives say the upcoming Electric Daisy Carnivals, taking place May 19-20 at MetLife Stadium and June 8-10 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, will live on.
Rotella was among six defendants named in the case, stemming from shady work contracts at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Rotella has not pleaded guilty, but co-defendant Patrick Lynch, who managed the Coliseum for 17 years, announced his guilty plea last week - making him eligible to testify against Rotella.
EDC had enjoyed the Coliseum for years as its host, but following the overdose death of a 15-year-old girl in 2010 outside of the concert, the festival relocated to Las Vegas for 2011 where roughly 80,000 people were in attendance daily.
The end of EDC would not only mean disappointed ravers, but also a detriment to the city of Las Vegas, which saw a $130 million increase to the southern Nevada economy, according to the Las Vegas Sun.
House music industry key players are rallying in support of Rotella, taking their message to twitter with the hashtag “#FreePasqualeRotella.” Kaskade tweeted the message when the news of Rotella’s arrest first broke, and the hashtag spread like wildfire in the scene, garnishing tweets from electronic duo The Crystal Method and fans around the country.
According to a Billboard article, BBC radio host Pete Tong was heard backstage at his party at the Surfcomber Hotel saying, “I hope for the sake of the scene that it turns out OK. He's a great guy, and a major contributor to what is happening here in America, and why it's happening the way it is."
It has just been announced that The Electric Daisy Carnival will come to NYC on May 19 & 20! In partnership with Pacha NYC, Insomniac Events will finally bring the infamous carnival to the big apple. The lineup and location is yet to be announced but you can expect it to contain the biggest names in EDM and house.
Pasquale Rotella, founder and CEO of Insomniac Events, told Billboard,"I'm really excited to be working with Pacha to bring our touring experience of Electric Daisy Carnival to New York. The entire Insomniac staff is looking forward to this upcoming EDC weekend on the East Coast."
Electric Daisy Carnival will also hit Vegas on June 8th-10th. For updates and more info check out electricdaisycarnival.com.
In a video documentary directed by Nirvana collaborator Kevin Kerslake, the Electric Daisy Carnival Experience gave the world a one-night-only look into the country's biggest and most elaborate electronic music festival. The two hour long movie event primarily focused on the 2010 Electric Daisy Carnival, which marked the last year that the festival was held within the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before moving to Las Vegas this year. Testimonials were given from DJs such as Kaskade, ATrak, Steve Aoki, will.i.am, Deadmau5, and Travis Barker as well as members of Insomniac Events, go-go dancers, and even the police who work the event. The general consensus? An overwhelming amount of love and support for the ever-growing event. Electric Daisy Carnival "creates a oneness" as Canadian DJ sensation Deadmau5 described the event.
Whether or not you were able to ever experience the real Electric Daisy Carnival, theater goers got the next best thing last night through this film.With a special tribute to the late Adam Goldstein, aka DJ AM, the film showcased the celebrity DJ at the 2009 Electric Daisy Carnival before his passing. Friend and collaborator Travis Barker boasted on how AM could turn any track into a hit with a live audience. Clips of a healthy and happy looking DJ AM made the whole theater excited as he gets the 100,000 person crowd jumping to his mixes. Featuring other memorable performances by Swedish House Mafia, Major Lazer, Benny Benassi, Afrojack, MSTRKRFT, it was nearly impossible for ticket holders to keep still in their seat. (At least in the theater I attended!)
Having a natural ambiance of positivity, the sixteen year old festival is spoken about through the film as a place where people can go to express their inner self and make lifelong friends. It is stressed that the Electric Daisy Carnival is not a place where you simply purchase a ticket and sit in your seat, but an audio and visual wonderland that allows all who attend to have an interactive experience.The love and passion for the dance music culture is apparent throughout the whole film celebrates the music, the people, and how the two become one. Although there has been some negativity surrounding the event, EDC goers insist the adverse opinions stem from individuals who have no connection to youth culture, or those who simply have never enjoyed an Electric Daisy Carnival. One security officer being interviewed even went as far as saying that Electric Daisy Carnival is his favorite event to work because "You don't have to worry about belligerent people here who tend to hate police...Everybody loves everybody here."