NEW YORK — The second day of Electric Daisy Carnival New York kicked off with cloudy skies and rainfall, but that didn’t seem to affect the sold-out crowd of 50,000, who, despite the weather, danced to a slew of DJ/producers who brought the Mets’ Citi Field parking lot alive on the otherwise dreary weekend day.
Day two’s DJ roster included a diverse group of acts, from the punk-rock electronica sounds of the Bloody Beetroots Live to underground duo Art Department. The self-described “house and techno Kung-Fu master,” Loco Dice, played solo and then returned later to close out the Neon Garden stage, where he joined legendary British DJ Carl Cox for a back-to-back set. AN21, the younger brother of Steve Angello, held down the family name Saturday as he played into dusk with his longtime collaboration partner and Size labelmate, Max Vangeli.
EDC-NY may not have hosted every big-room act this year (as it seemed to do last year), but the evening lineup on the Kinetic Field Stage definitely lived up to expectations in the A-list DJ department: Smashing sets came courtesy of superstar DJs Thomas Gold, Calvin Harris, Afrojack and festival-closer Porter Robinson.
Thomas Gold started the evening roll call off nicely, mesmerizing fans with his powerfully bold production. The German DJ played his remix of Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain,” along with his stellar hit “Sing2Me.” Gold’s set was marked by a continuous, loud thumping as he played popular hits from other artists like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, One Republic and Otto Knows; he artfully interwove his own sound into their songs.
Calvin Harris came armed with top hits from his highly regarded album, 18 Months. The Scottish DJ dropped favorites like “I Need Your Love,” “Bounce” — which the crowd was literally doing — and “Sweet Nothing.”
By the time Afrojack took to the stage, there was absolutely no room to move, something fans who caught the Dutch DJ a day earlier at Hangout Festival could probably relate to. The Kinetic Field area was a sea of neon ravers dancing to Afrojack’s nonstop beat, as he sampled his own new songs, remixed Swedish House Mafia’s “Leave the World Behind” and dropped his ultimate crowd-pleaser, “Take Over Control.”
The festival came to its last hour with Porter Robinson appropriately concluding the two-day fest with loud bangers and hard drops. Heart rates seemed to be increasing all around as festival-goers danced and jumped up and down screaming to Robinson’s impeccable production.