The 16th Annual Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC 2012) is due this summer on June 8-10 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 2011 lineup was pretty astonishing, with genres ranging from psychedelic trance to progressive house and dubstep. The 2012 arena will once again be the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and there will most likely be 6 stages for this three day event; kineticFIELD, cosmicMEADOW, circuitGROUNDS, neonGARDEN, bassPOD and the heinekenDOMES. Based on previous years, I would assume that the party goes on till sunrise for this vibrant and colorful carnival weekend.
As to date (February 2012) there have not been any official lineup announcements for the Electric Daisy Carnival 2012, but here is a list of my personal prediction for the lineup:
- Dada Life
- David Guetta
- DJ Tiesto
- Swedish House Maffia/Steve Angello
- Paul Oakenfold
- Laidback Luke
- Infected Mushroom
- Bingo Players
- Sander Van Doorn
- Ferry Corsten
- Robbie Rivera
- Knife Party
That list is not so overwhelmingly rich in flavor as my want-list for the EDC 2012 lineup:
- Markus Schulz
- Designer Drugs
- Boris Brejcha
- Bahramji & Mashti (maybe in co-op with Infected Mushroom)
- Daft Punk
- Oxia (long time no sonido!)
- Julian Jeweil
- Gabriel Ananda
- Shlomi Aber
- Aril Brikha (Persian-Swedish represent)
- Pryda a.k.a Eric Prydz
Taken from these lists, there are only a handful artists that would’ve made me overly ecstatic to see on stage. These events actually tend to be a bit mainstream focused, and EDC is not a exception of this. Especially when the artist sets are just arbitrary rather than based on the crowd and mood. They are usually limited on their time on stage, and therefor forced to have a preset setup to play. I have seen several A-list artists play the same set on different events (both clubs and festivals). My most memorable event was the Fuengirola Beach Party and at the well-known nightclub Dreamer’s in Marbella on two different occasions (both in southern Spain) where an A-list UK House DJ played the very same tracklist three times during the same month. That’s when you feel ripped-off.
EDC has seen some trends over the years. Most recently, it has been shuffling. The art of shuffling that originated from the Melbourne Shuffle used to be the askew way of doing the disco dancing (prepare yourself for a laugh) and Irish stomping for the kids with extremely latent form of hyperactivity (non-scientifically speaking) that was danced to various breakbeats. Shuffling became a phenomenon that was revisited by the Californian duo called LMFAO that brought the shuffling back on the streets in 2011. It has been a common dance style at the Electric Daisy Carnival the past year(s), and will most likely be even bigger as it breaks new ground during the spring 2012. To many people’s surprise, the EDC is older than Coachella as well as Bonnaroo and the event has over 100k visitors per day, with the peak on Saturday!
EDIT: We also saw Madonna’s shuffling routine with LMFAO at this years’ Super Bowl XLVI. Interesting enough, the halftime show ranked the third on Twitter’s all-time list with a whopping 10,245 tps (tweets per second). Congrats to the Giants!
Tickets for the 16th Annual Electric Daisy Carnival is up for sale on their official website, and prices start at $275. Also make sure to book your Las Vegas Hotel now!