Electric Daisy Carnival is gaining speed as Coachella heads finally start to shut up about how awesome the Tupac hologram was. Following in the footsteps of last year’s 3-day megafest, EDC 2012 touts more than a hundred acts on seven different stages, only this year they’re going for 300,000 attendees.
300,000?! It took a decade for Idi Amin to kill 300,000 people, but it will only take three days in June for the same amount of people to dance themselves to death. 300,000 people? If you took Vermont and cut it in half (assuming we take the good half that has all the beer and maple syrup), added hundreds of thousands of watts of bass, and then threw it in the desert, you would have what the producers from Insomniac Events are calling the “largest Electronic Dance Music festival in the world.”
In March Miami housed the second largest, the Ultra Music Festival, at 60,000, and for those who were chained to their desk jobs a sponsored live stream helped visualize what that many people would look like sharing sweat together. With international house headliners Avicii, Armin van Buuren, Benny Benassi, David Guetta, MSTRKRFT, Calvin Harris, Tiësto, and heavy hitter electro-house and dubstep acts Flux Pavilion, Doctor P, Zeds Dead, Felix Cartal, Dada Life, Kill the Noise, Laidback Luke, Porter Robinson, and Bassnectar, EDC’s lineup kills it before it even happens. Smaller newcomers Crizzly, Dirty South, Feed Me, and Zomboy will all be at the top of my list for a bonafide romp, as Crizzly was fantastic at Lights All Night in Dallas and Dirty South had a mind-numbing set at Ultra this year.
It’s going to be huge, it’s going to be loud, it’s going to be the culmination of a music movement that started twenty years ago and tipped the year off as a new category at the Grammys. As an EDC virgin, I’m looking forward. And now, to stream everybody’s Ultra sets. Onward!