First held in 1997, the Electric Daisy Carnival was hosted in several Southern California sites including the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Exposition Park, the National Orange Show Events Center in San Bernardino, the Lake Dolores Waterpark and the International Agri-Center - Tulare. Since those early years however it has expanded to several other sites and states, including Colorado, Texas and Puerto Rico.
When it first started the Electric Daisy Carnival was more or less an electronic music Festival. Since those early days however it has grown into a huge, one-of-a-kind eclectic experience of full, head-on entertainment. Known as EDC by its fans, it puts together leading edge production values and some of the world’s best-known dance and music talent to create an experience of sight and sound that is unparalleled in the festival world and is something that must be experienced to be believed.
As we mentioned above, the Carnival began in 1997 and was a one-day event but, in 2009, the EDC was expanded to a second day because it became so popular so fast and, due to that same popularity, was expanded to three days in 2011.
The Electric Daisy Carnival is produced by Insomniac and, over the years, they have moved the carnival’s venue all around the country and even to Puerto Rico. In 2011 the Carnival went to Las Vegas for the first time and was a complete success.
It was actually one of the EDC’s best years as it hosted over 230,000 fans in Las Vegas with some of the world’s best musical and artistic talent coming into town to entertain the fans. In 2012 the 16th annual Electric Daisy Communal came back to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in what was a completely interactive experience that included the addition of over 500 theatrical performers such as dancers, stilt walkers, fire twirlers, aerialists and quite a few full-size amusement park rides as well as other attractions.
Ticketholders have full rein to take advantage of everything at the Electric Daisy Carnival as there are no extra charges once they have paid the entrance fee.
This year the EDC is going to take place for the second year in a row at the Milton Keynes Bowl in the United Kingdom on Saturday and Sunday the 12th and 13th of July. Pasquale Rotella, Founder and CEO of Insomniac, released a number of statements to the press over the last few weeks and is very enthusiastic about this year’s EDC.
"Every time I think back to the last summer, I’m humbled that over 50,000 fans showed up to share their amazing energy and enthusiasm during our first international show, EDC in the UK,” Rotella was quoted as saying. He added "Because of their amazing support we’re bringing the festival back for its second year and, it’s going to be bigger and brighter than before.
Rotella also said that "Milton Keynes Bowl is such a world-renowned venue and we’re excited to transform it into something that’s never been seen before."
It was recently announced that the headliners for this years EDC will be Calvin Harris and a Avicii, along with FatBoy Slim Steve Naoki and a host of other excellent performers and musical acts. This year’s event was also announced to be a partnership between Insomniac, the founders of the Carnival, and Cream.
There are a number of different venues inside the Carnival including the Kinetic Field, Cosmic Meadow and Circuit Grounds, and music can be heard playing usually from around mid-day until the wee hours of the morning. This year’s Carnival looks like it’s going to be one of the best ever and, if you happen to be in the UK on the weekend of the 12th and 13th of July, and you love eclectic, boisterous and fun festivals with a carnival atmosphere (pun intended), the Electric Daisy Carnival is one you don’t want to miss!