Electric Daisy Carnival- Los Angeles 10 out of 10Music | Rex | July 19, 2009 at 11:44
EDC gets 10 out of 10
Electric Daisy Carnival – or EDC for short – is the biggest electronic
music festival on the West Coast (probably in the United States) and has sort of become the rave for non-ravers and first timers. If you’re only going to attended one rave a year, EDC has become the spot.
It is technically a “massive,” not a rave (basically the same thing except a massive has way more people and is usually multistage).
Two days long this year, EDC boasted its highest numbers to date with 45,000 people on Friday and 90,000 on Saturday. The people in attendance is an interesting mix of hardcore’s and newbie’s alike – all mixed together for one helluva crazy time. It was my first rave 3 years ago – I know plenty of other people who came this year for their first time. Located in the LA Coliseum, get ready to get crazy with thousands of other people who are all there just to have a good time.
This year’s EDC boasted probably the best lineup from past years, but the fact that they had the highest number count wasn’t a good thing. In my opinion, they way oversold tickets. Friday was a lot of fun; it was immensely packed, but you were
still able to navigate around comfortably. Saturday, however, was way too many people. You could barely walk on the sidewalks and there were times where staff shut down the main stage, not letting people in or out, because of the numbers of people – and the main stage is about the size of a football field…
I had friends who were climbing fences to get around because everywhere was just too jammed full of people; half the time I felt like I was being herded around like a bunch of cattle. I went VIP which has special access points which made my life easier getting around, but I felt bad for everyone else. Near the end of the night even the VIP area was too full. The promoters definitely cared more about ticket sales and making a profit than actually putting on a fun event for everyone.
But don’t get me wrong. Despite the over crowding, this party is off the hook. There’s nothing quite like dancing in a crowd of 30,000 people with glow toys all getting down to the same DJ.
The event is huge -6 stages; they have carnival rides everywhere, including Ferris wheel, zipper, and bumper cars, just name a few. They have crazy art and interactive things everywhere. For instance, they had a wood house with blacklights inside and furnished cups with multicolored florescent paint and brushes – everyone who came by painted something on the wall or wrote a message. I thought it was very cool.
Every year a large proportion of the worlds best DJ’s attend: this year featured Paul Van Dyk, Paul Oakenfold, Thievery Corporation, Bennie Bennasi, Infected Mushroom, Kaskade, Markus Shulz, Crystal Method, Cosmic Gate just to name a few. Even DJ AM, who’s a resident at Rain here in Vegas, was there. Each stage was broken up into a genre of music, everything from your standard Trance/Techno, to electro and drum and bass. You can pretty much wander around and find good music anywhere. I generally stuck just to the main and secondary stage, but that’s all I needed. I heard awesome music and met some cool people.
The best performance was put on by Crystal Method, who played most of their CD tracks but did them live, mixing it as they go. I was already a fan of their music, but now I have an immense respect for them as DJ’s. Most people you watch are basically doing nothing more then putting on other peoples music and hitting play, blending the songs together when its time for something new. Crystal Method, on the other hand, made everything from scratch, mixing and tweaking as they went. It was awesome. Bennie Bennasi and Van Dyk also put on an exceptional show.
There are way too many DJ’s to list here that did a good job, but I do want to mention some of the disappointments.
STS9, one of the bands I was most looking forward to seeing again, was a massive let down. They are normally a very weird type of music I can’t really classify – a mix of techno, jam band and trip. But all the members of the band are phenomenal musicians, most of them playing multiple instruments and switching off in the middle of the song. Here, however, they only brought their laptops, no bass or guitar or any instruments. I can understand what they were trying to do – being at a rave setting, trying to be more DJ and less a band, but I want to see them play their music and not do it on laptops.
Another group who was a let down was Infected Mushroom. This was the 4th time I’ve seen them. They usually put on a really good show and I tell everyone that they are one of the best groups to see at a rave. They dance around and spit fire and have crazy visual effects. But this time they didn’t have any of that. They just didn’t do it for me – as the final headliner for the secondary stage I thought they put on a poor performance. They just didn’t hold my interest, and I left after an hour and watched Van Dyk finish up.
Final Verdict: All in all, EDC is a must.
Everyone needs to go at least once to experience it.
Even if you hate techno, you need to go.
If you’ve never been to a rave, you need to go.
If you’re a raver and have never been a massive, you need to go.
This is the end all of all Massives. this – except maybe Monster Massive during Halloween.
It doesn’t really get any better than
this – except maybe Monster Massive during Halloween.
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