NEW YORK — Electric Daisy Carnival made up for every loss the Mets experienced last season within just a few hours of the festival’s opening. It all kicked off Friday afternoon at New York City’s Citi Field, disguising the usual baseball grounds as an electronic musical heaven filled with carnival rides, theatrical performances and a myriad of DJ/producers.
A roster of top-notch bass, electro, progressive-house and dub-step DJs played to a crowd of about 40,000. Five stages were set up next to each other, each with a different vibe and an appropriate lineup of DJs to match. A ferris wheel and electronic swings outlined the stages, while eccentric women in fairy costumes, bedazzled tutus and colorful wigs walked around, adding to the mystical atmosphere.
Danny Avila, Cedric Gervais, and Arty were a few of the artists who helped start the high-energy day. Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano passionately played their rhythmic beats and tribal sounds late into the afternoon, followed by Zeds Dead, who dropped their aggressive dub-step hip-hop signature sound until the sun set.
Dutch DJ Nicky Romero immediately started dance frenzy at the Circuit Grounds stage with his classically infused single “Symphonica.” He later played “Like Home,” remixed Kid Cudi’s “Pursuit of Happiness” and dropped everyone’s favorite Avicii collabo, “I Could Be the One.” Confetti and pyro burst out from all ends of the stage and teenaged girls continuously screamed out, “I love you, Nicky!”
But probably the most anticipated set of the evening was Steve Angello’s, who, now solo from Swedish House Mafia, recently told MTV News of his plans to continue with his creativity and innovation in his new work. And the DJ’s set was nothing short of that. He immediately captured the attention of his audience, starting with a techno opening that eventually led into his latest single with Jacques Lu Cont, a remix of Depeche Mode’s “Soothe My Soul,” to dropping the Mafia’s biggest hits’ “Greyhound” and “Don’t You Worry Child.”
The EDC adventure continues this afternoon at Citi Field, with heavy-hitters like Calvin Harris, Afrojack and Porter Robinson.