The Captivating Journey of EDC UK: Then and Now! Sshiva Tejas M July 7, 2016 FS Features The ever popular Electric Daisy Carnival had established itself as a state-of-the-art festival with lineups and production quality no one could think of conjuring up. With the latest EDC UK scheduled on the 9th July, 2016, we look at the journey Electric Daisy Carnival UK has seen in the past few years- After being highly successful with the annual flagship event held in Las Vegas, Nevada and then subsequently spreading its operations all over USA, EDC finally made its way to the United Kingdom in 2013. The first edition of the world-class act in UK had 30 acts spread over 5 stages and saw over 50,000 attendees attend the day long festival on 20th July, 2013. The event was held at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. It wasn’t just a music event, it was a party of all sorts for everyone to come and be a part of! Credits: insomniac.com Everything from the 100 foot stage display to acrobats and gymnasts on stage to the insanely amazing amusement rides adjacent to the festival grounds were what was adding up to the epicness that was all around! The headliners had all the biggest names in the circuit ranging from Hardwell, Dmitri Vegas and Like Mike, Alesso, NERVO, Tiesto, Flux Pavilion and Rusko. Tiesto was presented with the task of closing out the event given his huge fan base in the UK. Seamlessly mixing classics like “Adagio for Strings” with mashups of Krewella’s “Alive“, Tiesto made sure to keep the people raving till the last minute. Things were about to get even more better and the madness was about to continue! Having started off with a massive debut, EDC returned in 2014 to amp up the theatrics and quality by putting up a day long event at the massive National Bowl in Milton Keynes, which would be the venue for EDC in the years to come. Earlier slated to be a two day event, due to unforeseen circumstances it was changed to a single day event on the 20th of July, 2014. The National Bowl with a capacity of 65,000 seemed like the perfect choice. With the idea of amping up the visuals and the tech, Insomniac decided on transforming the National Bowl into a 360- degree digital lighting installation complete with pyrotechnics and dancers placed all around the massive stage! The festival grounds were lined up with plenty of drink and food options as well as the ever-amusing option of going on the amusement rides as well! Needless to say, the lineup for the year 2014 was one that got people all over the world excited! They again brought together the best of the best from Calvin Harris, Steve Angello, Martin Garrix, Avicii, and Showtek. The circuit grounds stage being one of the highlights had trance legends like Paul Van Dyk, Paul Oakenfold and Orjan Nilsen. The honor of closing down EDC 2014 was given to none other than Swedish wonder-child Tim Bergling aka Avicii! Avicii’s set made optimum use of the 360 degree visual gorgeousness to immerse the crowd in a sea of lasers, visual glory and high-quality beats. With a total banger of a closing set, EDC gave the fans an experience of the original madness that goes down annually at Las Vegas. It went without saying that they managed to increase expectations for the year to come. Come July 11th, 2015, people had already begun to swamp the the Milton Keynes Bowl, where EDC UK was being held for the second consecutive year. Festival goers were greeted with two ginormous owls looming over the 100ft tall mainstage complete with fountains, flamethrowers, pyrotechnics and kick-ass LED screens. Though it wasn’t surprising that the Kinetic Field stage was the main attraction, a huge part of the crowd was seen at the Circuit Grounds where hardcore drum and bass tracks were being dished out by SubFocus, Sigma and closed out by the ever fantastic Pendulum who were hailed as the returned heroes. Credits: insomniac Cosmic Meadow hosted some of the biggest names in trance from Paul Van Dyk, Ferry Corsten and Markus Schulz. It was a common sight to see people exit the stage totally tired and wiped out given all the madness that was going on inside. The rides which are one of the biggest attractions at EDC were also doubled up in size that year, which made even the bravest think twice before going for it. Like always, EDC was highly focused on providing the ravers with a wholesome carnival experience. There were artists walking on stilts, people dressed in extravagant costumes and tons of art installations for people to admire and click pictures at. There was an expansive range of food options for people to satiate their hunger. The food options ranged right from the most affordable snacks to gourmet food options by various sellers. Alcohol options were also plentiful with dedicated wine, beer and cocktail sections spread out all over the venue for easy access. Tiesto was again bestowed with the honor for playing the closing set that year. Once the sun had set, the stage came alive with the owls gyrating to the beats and creating beautiful illusions. In true EDC fashion, he delivered a mind-numbingly energetic set complete with gorgeous displays, lasers and fireworks to a stunning crescendo. It would be an understatement to say that EDC UK has made its mark as one of the biggest festivals currently in the region to look out for. Every year the stages get bigger, the acts get better and the production value touches levels of insanity no one can imagine. And they hope to outdo themselves this year yet again. EDC UK 2016 is about to go down on the 9th of July this year. With recent reports of the EDC Kinetic Fields stage in Las Vegas touching a mind-boggling budget of over 3 million dollars, one can only imagine the things they have planned ahead. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ht2HJAbq7y0 Insomniac is set to bring the fun-filled extravaganza to the Milton Keynes Bowl the third year in a row. So look out for a magical night filled with larger than life beats, paint covered entertainers, art installations and mega-sized rides! The lineup has been announced for the one day event and consists of in-house favorites from Avicii, Axwell^Ingrosso, Eric Prydz and Oliver Heldens as the main headliners. Once again, fans of drum and bass can rejoice as the Circuit Grounds stage has a stellar lineup right from Andy C, Rusko, Noisia and Sigma! Those interested in attending have multiple camping options, hotel packages and travel packages with the best amenities. This time the organizers have teamed up with Cawleys, a local waste management team to ensure the cleanliness of the grounds is kept intact. This place is a must visit for anyone who wants their socks to be blown off by everything that the environment at EDC has to offer. So make sure you head over there and witness the madness with your own eyes!