Where EDC Has Been and Where It’s Going
Electric Daisy Carnival is the largest electronic musical festival in the US... meaning that by definition, it qualifies as one of the biggest parties in the country. But really, it was a master class on organic growth.
The first proper Carnival was in 1997 at the Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles (capacity: 5,000). By 2008, the event at the LA Coliseum drew some 65,000 fans.
Since then, Electric Daisy has expanded to a multicity tour with stops in New York, Colorado, Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico and the massive upcoming three-day party in Las Vegas. It’s drawn nearly every major electronic artist, including Moby, Fatboy Slim, Crystal Method, Skrillex and Diplo.
And there have been many upgrades since its inception. The most striking is the full realization of the “carnival” aspect of the event. It now features huge Ferris wheels, stilt walkers and all manner of audio and visual pyrotechnics. There are light shows, fireworks displays and the sound that can only be made by 350,000 people simultaneously when the bass finally drops. Wait for it...