The Electric Daisy Carnival Is Coming To New York City
Adele might have dominated the headlines of the record business last year, but live, the biggest story was EDM"electronic dance music," the amalgam of past dance-music styles, accentuated here and there with the all-important drop, that packed clubs and fields around the country. This year the EDM megafest known as the Electric Daisy Carnival, in the run-up to its big Vegas extravaganza, will make a stop in New York; right now details are scant, with only the dates (May 19 and 20) being revealed for now. Billboard reports that the festival will be co-sponsored by Pacha, the international megaclub chain that's set up shop in the former Sound Factory space; it also notes that last year's Electric Daisy running in Vegas attracted a quarter of a million people.
Michael Ivankay/Flickr It's really a carnival. Photo from EDC 2009.
Those of you looking for a primer on this stuff can check out Camille Dodero's interview with Kevin Kerslake, the man behind the lens for storied alt-rock clips like Nirvana's "In Bloom" and the director of Electric Daisy Carnival Experience, a documentary about the hedonistic, candy-colored event.
(By the way, this week my column in the Voice's print edition will tackle last week's Cosmic Opera, an almost-six-hour performance at the Hammerstein Ballroom headlined by Swedish House Mafia's Axwell and featuring aerialists and lots of excited dancing and someone suspiciously asking me if I "go to a lot of EDM shows" (to which I cheerfully replied "nope, but I'm always learning!" and at least one young woman in the GA area sucking on a pacifier. PLUR!)