Returning to New York for a third time in a row, Insomniac Events’ 2014 EDC NY promises significant improvement from previous years. While EDC NY is vastly smaller than the flagship Vegas festival, hosting around 45,000 fans each day, there is a certain camaraderie that is gained from the more intimate event. Each EDC experience is unique in it’s own, and the EDC NY is no exception. Holding four stages in 2012 and 5 in 2013, the acts ranged from bass, trance, house, dubstep, and everything in between. Previous headliners included Nicky Romero, Afrojack, Dirty South, Avicii, Armin van Buuren, Bassnecter, and Calvin Harris. Other heavyweights on the lineup were Zed’s Dead, 12th Planet, Pendulum, Nero, Subfocus, Alesso Boris, Feed Me, Eric Prydz, Figure, and R3hab, proving to offer a wide range of subgenres to please the variety of fans that come out to the festival. Under the 2013 lineup announcement, EDC adds “and the most important headliner of all is YOU and the vibes and energy you bring!”, cementing the fact that the power and love from the crowd is integral to the experience at EDC.
While EDC NY seems like a modest endeavor compared to its massive Vegas counterpart, Insomniac Events is determined to perfect the east coast rave, learning, experimenting and improving the event from year to year. This year will feature significant upgrades in hopes to further the event’s eminence. The production value (in which Insomniac spares no expense) will exceptionally surpass the previous years in NY, and the two day festival will feature multiple stages, performers and dancers, full scale carnival rides, and everything else needed to light up the night’s sky. The notorious carnival theme will undoubtably be exhibited by the common practice of the crowd of dressing up in neon, flowers, lights, and costumes under the night’s sky. The unity flows naturally through the love for the music, each other, and the shared experience. Bad vibes aren’t present, and the energy is something phenomenal. EDC is a beautiful place for peace, unity, creativity, expression, and most importantly— the music.
This year EDC NY will take place on Memorial Day Weekend, stretching 2 days on May 24-25, being held in Metlife Stadium. Tickets are currently $199 for both days, and there are numerous hotels in the area to stay at. If you are on the east coast during the event, this is definitely a festival worth experiencing. While some describe this festival as “life changing” and “magical”, Crizzly posted last year on his facebook page, “Only one word to describe EDC… Plurfect”, which captures the essence of the festival beautifully.
Written By: Christina Pitch