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Electric Daisy Carnival, commonly known as EDC, is an annual electronic dance music festival, with its flagship event held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Electric Daisy Carnival
EDC logo black.svg
GenreMusic Festival, EDM, Dubstep, House Music, Techno
Location(s)Flagship:
Las Vegas, Nevada
Current:
Orlando, Florida
Mexico City, Mexico
Tokyo, Japan
Shanghai, China
Former:
Los Angeles, California
San Bernardino, California
Denver, Colorado
New York City, New York
Chicago, Illinois
Joliet, Illinois
Dallas, Texas
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Milton Keynes, U.K.
São Paulo, Brazil
New Delhi, India
Years active1991–1993 (first incarnation)
1997–present (Insomniac)
Founded byInsomniac Events
Websitehttp://www.electricdaisycarnival.com/

The event primarily features electronic dance producers and DJs such as Armin van Buuren, Calvin Harris, Hardwell, Alesso, Kaskade, Martin Garrix, Zedd, Afrojack, Seven Lions, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Yellow Claw, and Tiësto. The festival incorporates all kinds of electronic music.[1] Sponsors for recent EDC events include Corona, Smirnoff, and Uber.[2]

EDC was created with the purpose of utilizing music and art to inspire individuals. In addition to the music, individuals can experience the three-dimensional superstructures, colorful, glow-in-the-dark environments, and all manner of LED-infused flora and fauna.[3] Part of the unforgettable experience are the interactive art installations scattered throughout EDC and the thrilling, as well as relaxing rides.[3] The goal is ultimately for EDC to be a place where people can connect, on and off the dance floor. This event welcomes everyone, not discriminating against shape, size, and color.[3]

Since its inception, other EDC events have been held at venues in the United States and abroad, including Mexico, Puerto Rico, the UK, Brazil, Japan and India.

In 2009, EDC became a two-day event, and in 2011, a three-day event in Las Vegas that drew 230,000 people. In 2015, it drew more than 400,000 over three days (134,000 per day).[4][5][6]

In 2017, EDC won the Festival of the Year award at the Electronic Music Awards.

Contents

HistoryEdit

The first Electric Daisy Carnival rave started off as a warehouse party in the early 1990s at an open field in Pacoima, in Los Angeles, California, by Gary Richards and DJ Mr.Koolaid (real name: Stephen Hauptfuhr).[7][8] In the early years, several southern California venues played host to the annual electronic music festival: 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 Waterpark in Barstow, Hansen Dam in Lake View Terrace, and the International Agri-Center in Tulare.

1997-1998Edit

Its next incarnation was held at the Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles. "Electric Daisy Carnival" was selected by Insomniac's partner Philip Blaine. The name usage was approved by Stephen Hauptfuhr (Mr.Koolaid) via Gary Richards (Destructo) as a homage to the original creation from several years prior.[9]

1999Edit

Electric Daisy Carnival took place at Lake Dolores Waterpark in Newberry Springs, California. The festival first happened in a small venue at Lake Dolores Waterpark, called Insomniac.

2000Edit

The Electric Daisy Carnival moves to Tulare, California, at the World Ag Expo.

2001Edit

Electric Daisy Carnival was held at Hansen Dam in southern California, expanding for the first time to multiple stages: the Merry Go Round, the Fun House, Clown Alley, the Confusin’ & Amuzin’ Mirror Maze, Bassrush Arena and Cosmic Healing Temple.

In the same year, another EDC was held in Austin, Texas.

2002 - 2006Edit

EDC 2002 was held at Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach, California. A second edition was held at the Travis County Exposition Center in Austin, Texas.[citation needed]

From 2003 to 2006, Electric Daisy Carnival was held at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, California.[citation needed]

2007Edit

Electric Daisy Carnival was held at the L.A. Coliseum in Los AngelesExposition Park.[10]

2008Edit

The California event was held June 28 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Exposition Park. The EDC Colorado event took place on June 14 at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds in Aurora.[11]

2009Edit

Announced at Nocturnal Festival 2008 to be a two-day festival, the California event was held on June 26–27. On Friday, approximately 55,000 attendees were present and Saturday saw a crowd of approximately 99,000.[12] EDC 2009 was held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and used the entire southern half of Exposition Park.[citation needed]

The Colorado event was held at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds in Aurora on June 13. It was headlined by Infected Mushroom, Paul Van Dyk, and several others.[citation needed]

EDC Puerto Rico was held on August 14. The venue was The Arena Fairgrounds in San Juan.[citation needed]

2010Edit

 
EDC Los Angeles, 2010

EDC Los Angeles had an attendance of about 185,000 people. Though tickets were starting at $60, some attendees paid over $100 per ticket.[13]

It drew criticism from local authorities and promoters after people under the required age of 16 gained entrance, and over 100 ravers were hospitalized after a crowd stampede. A 15-year-old attendee, Sasha Rodriguez, died after taking MDMA.[14] The city of Los Angeles placed a moratorium on all remaining events scheduled for 2010 and a moratorium on future events, pending the outcome of the new security and safety provisions. The new provisions included the hiring of on-site doctors, and stated attendees must be over 18 years of age.[citation needed]

An EDC Colorado event was held on June 12 at the Arapahoe County Fairground in Aurora.[citation needed]

EDC Dallas was held on June 19 at Fair Park in Dallas. 11,000 people were in attendance.[citation needed]

EDC Puerto Rico was held on August 28, 2010, at the Estadio Sixto Escobar at Puerta de Tierra, San Juan.[citation needed]

2011Edit

 
Main stage, EDC Las Vegas, 2011

Due to previous controversy of EDC's former residence in Los Angeles, EDC moved its flagship festival to Las Vegas, Nevada.[15] The event was held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway from June 24–26. Reportedly 230,000 people had attended the 3 day festival.[according to whom?]

EDC Orlando 2011 was held on May 27–28 at Tinker Field, and the grounds adjacent to the Florida Citrus Bowl.[16] EDC Orlando 2011 had approximately 12,000 on Friday and 20,000 on Saturday.[17]

EDC Colorado the same year was held at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds in Aurora on June 11.[citation needed]

Electric Daisy Carnival Dallas was held June 18 at Fair Park with an estimated 25,000 attendees. Temperatures above 110 degrees led to dozens of hospitalizations and at least one death, which made it the last EDC held in Dallas.

EDC Puerto Rico took place[where?] on August 27.[citation needed]

2012Edit

In 2012, the three-day EDC in Vegas (June 8–10) saw attendance increase by 30%, to a total of 320,000 attendees.[18] A 31-year-old male from Florida died after being struck by a truck as he left EDC at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on June 11. Friends reported that he had been drinking and smoking.[19]

The second night had to shut down early at 1 a.m. due to high winds, of up to 30 mph that started around 8 p.m.[20] 90,000 fans were directed to the speedway's bleachers. DJs Markus Schulz and Steve Aoki, who were both scheduled to play that night, performed impromptu sets on the Insomniac Wide Awake art car for a short period,[21] before officials ordered it to close as potentially dangerous winds were expected until 5 a.m.[22] In order to make up for the cancellation, Insomniac allowed those with Saturday passes to return on Sunday.[23]

The Nevada event was held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on June 8–10.[24][25] The event was held by the American promotions company Insomniac Events and Dutch company Q-dance.[26]

EDC Orlando was held at Tinker Field on November 9–10. This coincided with the annual Dayglow event in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, called "Dancegiving" held the weekend after Thanksgiving.[citation needed]

EDC New York was held May 18–20 at the MetLife Stadium at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey.[27] Although the venue was located in New Jersey, the festival was coined Electric Daisy Carnival New York due to the proximity to New York City.[28] The event drew 45,000 attendees per day.[29]

2013Edit

EDC Las Vegas was held June 21–23.

In 2013, EDC was held in London for the first time, along with events in Chicago, New York, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Orlando, Florida.[citation needed]

2014Edit

In 2014, EDC was held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on June 20–22, 2014. Insomniac Events announced that all 345,000 tickets to the three-day festival had been sold by June 18, 2014.[30] At the conclusion of the 2014 event, the massive three-day festival drew in roughly 134,000 per day.[31]

The setup at the event also led Insomniac to set the record for the largest structural stage in North America.[32]

EDC events were also held in Milton Keynes, England, San Juan, Orlando, Florida, and New York.[citation needed]

The first EDC Mexico was held on March 15–16, 2014.[33]

A documentary film called Under the Electric Sky about the festival premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.[34]

2015Edit

EDC Las Vegas 2015 was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on June 19, 20 & 21.[35] EDC Las Vegas 2015 was met with unwanted publicity for the death of a UC Irvine graduate on the second night of the festival. Death was ruled as related to MDMA.[citation needed]

EDC was also held at Orlando, Florida at Tinker Field on November 6 & 7, and East Rutherford, New Jersey at MetLife Stadium on May 23 & 24.[36][37] Internationally, EDC was held at Estadio Sixto Escobar in San Juan, Puerto Rico for the sixth time on February 21 & 22,[38] Autódromo José Carlos Pace in São Paulo, Brazil for the first time December 4 & 5,[39] Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City, Mexico for the second time on February 28-March 1,[40] and the National Bowl in Milton Keynes, UK for the third time on July 17.[41]

2016Edit

EDC Las Vegas was held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway from June 17–19, 2016.

EDC Mexico was held for the third time at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City, from February 27–28, 2016.

EDC New York was held at Citi Field in Queens, NY, from May 14–15, 2016.

EDC UK was held at Milton Keynes, England on 9 July 2016.

EDC Orlando was held at Tinker Field in Orlando, Florida, from November 4–5, 2016.

EDC India was held at Buddh International Circuit in New Delhi, India, from November 12–13, 2016.

2017Edit

 
kineticFIELD - EDC Las Vegas 2017

EDC returned to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway from June, with over 135,000 attendees on opening night.[42] Heat-related incidents saw a significant increase, with double the medical-related calls on opening night year-over-year, while a 34-year-old man died from ecstasy and TFMPP usage, with heat exposure as a contributing factor.[43][44]

EDC was held for the fourth time in Mexico City at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez from 25–26 February.[45]

EDC UK 2017, due to be held at Milton Keynes, England in July 2017, was cancelled.[46]

EDC Orlando 2017 was held at Tinker Field on November 10–11, 2017.[47]

2018Edit

EDC Orlando was held at Tinker Field from November 9–10, 2018.

EDC Las Vegas was held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway from May 18–20; the festival was moved from its traditional June scheduling so that it will be held in relatively cooler conditions. The festival also introduced on-site camping (including rentable campers and RV parking) and earlier opening times in order to reduce traffic congestion.[48][49] An estimated 411,400 people attended the festival over the three days.[50]

EDC Mexico in Mexico City was planned for February 24–25 at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.[51]

EDC Japan was held in Tokyo, May 12 & 13 at Chiba Seaside Park Zozo Marine Stadium. Heavy Rains caused equipment issues.[52]

EDC China in Shanghai, April 29 & 30, debut at Shanghai International Music Park.

2019Edit

EDC Las Vegas returned to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for May 17–19, 2019. On the second day, high winds forced stage closures. Due to wording of the message displayed at one of the closed stages some of the attendees believed the entire festival was being shut down for the night and left the speedway. Upon learning that only certain areas were closed for safety precautions some people tried to re-enter the grounds but were not allowed back in due to the event's strict no-reentry policy.[53] Las Vegas police announced 65 arrests during the festival, including 2 DUIs and 51 felony or gross misdemeanor arrests.[54]

EDC Mexico in Mexico City returned to Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez for February 23-24, 2019.[55]

EDC Orlando is now held for 3 days, instead of the normal 2 days. It will remain at Tinker Field, outside of Camping World Stadium.

EDC Japan was held in Tokyo, May 11 & 12, 2019 at ZOZO Marine Stadium & Makuhari Beach Park.[56]

EDC Korea was held on 31st August & 1st September at Seoul Land, Gwacheon, South Korea.

CharityEdit

For every flagship festival held, Insomniac Care donates a percentage of ticket sales to national charities and community organizations. In the past, EDC Las Vegas has partnered with Surreal, a fundraising platform, to raise money from festival goers who enter in a sweepstake for helicopter rides and other activities with popular DJs.[57] Since 2011, over two million dollars have been donated to groups. Some organizations are named below.[58]

  • Rock the Vote
  • Families for Effective Autism Treatment
  • Injured Police Officers Fund
  • Boys and Girls Club of Southern Nevada
  • Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation
  • The Las Vegas Academy for Arts

Awards and nominationsEdit

International Dance Music AwardsEdit

Pre-2016Edit

Year Category Work Result Ref.
2010 Best Music Event Electric Daisy Carnival - Los Angeles, California Nominated [59]
2011 Nominated [60]
2012 Electric Daisy Carnival - Las Vegas, Nevada Nominated [61]
2013 Nominated [62]
2014 Nominated [63]
2015 Nominated [64]
2016 Nominated [65]

2018-Present[A]Edit

Year Category Work Result Ref.
2019 Best Festival Electric Daisy Carnival Nominated [66]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ No award ceremony was held in 2017. In 2018 winners were chosen by the Winter Music Conference themselves. 2019 marks the first year of public voting since the Winter Music Conference's restructure.[66]

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