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Electric Daisy Carnival Review

Updated on May 24, 2012

The first Electric Daisy Carnival on the East Coast provided enough euphoria to disregard the expensive drinks and sweaty dancers and dangerous ravers waving glow sticks attached to feet-long strings.The famous electronic dance music festival pulls in hundreds of thousands of molly-pumped ravers in the southwest US along with sporadic events in Colorado and Puerto Rico. With the creation of the Electric Zoo Festival on Randall's Island in New York, it was a matter of time before the dance mega-event came into the parking lots surrounding MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford New Jersey.

Moving past the Ferris wheels and centripetal force machine masqueraded as a UFO to reach the kineticFIELD stage. On it, DJ Alesso played house remixes, from which one did catch my attention. In between the wobbling sound of a dubstep track, the chords of Rolfe Kent's theme song for the serial killer drama Dexter played. He also played a remix of the chart-topping "Somebody That I Used to Know" – Goyte would eventually tie with Florence + the Machine's "You Got the Love" for most overused track in the festival weekend.

Avicii closed the stage on that night, but Armin Van Buuren – who had closed it the previous night – played a set superior to the Swedish DJ on the nearby stage. His brand of trance music came to full power during his tribute to the late Donna Summer. Near the end of his set, he played a Moroder-on-speed remix of "I Feel Love".

The real master of the stage for the weekend was Afrojack. The Dutch DJ dominated both his sets on the final day of the festival. Unlike most of the DJs at EDC, he took the time to talk to the crowd, talking about his excitement for his upcoming US tour. He also introduced the Dutch sibling trio Shermanology, who then sang to his beats until the end of his set.

There is more music not mentioned in this review. Luckily, you can listen to more sets from other artists like Fatboy Slim, Carl Cox, Calvin Harris, and more here.

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