Electric Daisy Carnival comes to Central Florida

Abby McHenry

Electric Daisy Carnival Orlando brings in the best lineup of artists yet, and will feature newly added set pieces from EDC Las Vegas that are being used for the first time in Orlando.

With hours running from 1:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. EDCO takes place November 8-10 and will feature over 100 electronic dance music artists. Some of the headliners include Steve Aoki, Yellow Claw, San Holo, Afrojack, Alison Wonderland, and RL Grime.

The festival will showcase four different stages including Kinetic Field, Circuit Grounds, Neon Garden, and Stereo Bloom. The stages all features unique props and lighting. The Wide Awake Art Car all the way from Las Vegas. It too will include unique lighting and stage pieces.

There will be carnival-like rides throughout the festival and performers dressed in costume who go out into the audience including dancers, stilters, aerialists, and circus performers.

EDCO’s website emphasizes that YOU are the headliner because you are what makes the experience great. The EDC experience, according to their website is made up of “high-fives and good vibes.” They emphasize spreading love and igniting positivity.

The edm community as a whole is very free-spirited, open-minded, and full of peace and love. Festivals are a way for the community to come together and share peace, love, unity and respect (PLUR). These principles are widely known by ravers around the world. People from all over attend EDC as it is one of the biggest music festivals in the world.

Alison Wonderland, one of the Sunday headliners is known for being down to earth and really engaging with her fans. She shoots live videos on her Instagram and answers fans’ questions sometimes. Wonderland said that her EDC Orlando 2018 experience was special to her in an Instagram post.

“I spent all my time recently focusing [and] stressing on making new things and creating something really memorable,” Wonderland said. “I really care about the experience between crowd and artist.” 

Edm is a fairly new genre of music and most of the artists came on the scene between 2000-now. Veteran edm artists performing at the festival such as DeadMau5, and Steve Aoki have been making music since the late 90s.

EDCO embraces artists of all ages and backgrounds, and encourages the audience members to have fun and freely dance and enjoy the music. Attendees wear many different elaborate outfits with bright patterns, face jewels, pashminas and more to match the whimsical feel of the festival.

Florida Southern Sophomore Kristalyn Rook loves the music and non judgemental culture of the edm community. She said a song doesn’t have a given emotion and people are supposed to feel while listening which leaves it open for individual interpretation. Rook said the community comes together as if they’ve known each other for years.

Rook said EDCO has a way of unifying everyone who attends and really amplifies the PLUR of the edm community.

“EDC is definitely a more colorful festival,” Rook said. “Not only in literal terms, but it has more light and loving aura compared to some other festivals like [Electric] Forest or Lost Lands that has a darker mystical, extraterrestrial vibe to it.”

 

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