Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Official Dates for Electric Daisy Carnival & 5 Acts We Want There!

Electric Daisy Carnival approaches!  Now even though this is the "San Francisco Tremor"...we show love to our brothers in the south side of the west coast.  There are a few key events that warrant the journey down to SoCal to Los Angeles, and the mecca of them all is Electric Daisy Carnival.  It is a sort of pilgrimage if you will for all electronic music lovers & enthusiasts of the west side of the United States.  Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if some Midwest or east coast people made the journey.  While there are other dates in Dallas and Puerto Rico this year (one short of last year which also included Denver), the magnum opus is always the LA show that carries for 2 days.  Last year it was H-U-G-E!  Hell, even Armin van Buuren said it was his favorite event of the year in his DJMag #1 interview.  Coverage by MTV, appearances by Lil Jon, Rivers Cuomo, and the Black Eyed Peas, and 2 days of nonstop music from premiere DJ's from all over the world.  It doesn't get much better than that people.  And while the line-up still has not been announced for the dates, we do know a couple of things:

1.  After a whole bunch of legal battling back and forth, it will once again take place at the LA Memorial Coliseum
2.  The official dates that it will take place this year are June 24th and 25th (Friday & Saturday)

What great acts can we expect?  What unexpected surprises and appearances will we see this year?  Only time will tell... but for now, we have a wish list of people we would like to see show up:

5 acts we would like to see at this year's EDC:

Markus Schulz

The man is a work horse.  Does he ever take vacations?  Does he ever take breaks?  Well he doesn't, and this bodes well for us who like to see him on his various world tour stops.  To my recollection, he hasn't played EDC anytime recently.  I know he hasn't been on the bill for 2010 and 2009, and it would be great to see him jam out on one of the grandest stages in electronic music.  Plus he has that big Prague 2011 compilation album he is going to be touring under.  Makes sense don't it?

Benny Benassi

Sure he was there last year, but who doesn't love to see Benny Benassi on a big stage?  His appearance last year marked one of the most extravagant DJ sets of his entire career.  The man puts on a show and his set is a spectacle.  With EDC having such a big stage and presenting such a huge audience, Benny brought back every ounce of that energy with classic jams, new jams, some of his own remixes, and anthems that got the entire crowd in song.  Lil Jon, trampolines, midgets....what could he possibly bring out this year?

Dada Life

Another act we have seen there before, but last year Dada Life put on two (since they played both days) of the most energetic performances I have ever seen in my life by a DJ duo.  The first day especially radiates in the minds of dada lovers (since it was the one at night).  They bring raw energy and pump up the crowds to ridiculous highs with their stage antics and jams they play.  Inflatable bananas and champagne bottles?  Ridiculous!  Make no mistake, EDC is a party.  And everything about the dada is a party.  Even tho bigger acts followed, they have the prowess of festival closers the way they shut it down.


The man, the legend.  He needs no introduction.  His resume speaks for itself.  We need Tiesto at EDC!  Why do you ask?  Well if you're asking....that's a silly question.  His style of DJing and producing has evolved quite a lot over the past couple of years, and it would be great to see what kind of a showcase he brings to such an enormous event and stage.  He is known for coming to Los Angeles doing a tour of his own, but the caliber of event that EDC is; it's undeniable.  I think he would make a great addition (definitely a great closer) and is necessary with the likely absence of Armin van Buuren this year. 

Daft Punk

In the words of John Lennon: "you may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one." We know this one is a super long shot, but stranger things have happened!  Millions were let down when these French house legends were left off the bill of Coachella.  Does Disney have them on contract lock down with the release of Tron: Legacy?  Most likely that's the case, however when does that contract let up.  We can only hope that it's over before June 24th.  It would be highly unexpected to see Daft Punk make an appearance at an event like EDC, but it would mean a lot for the fans and they usually take that into consideration.  Like I said, it's a long shot, but one could only hope.

And that's it!  What do you guys think?  Are there any others you would like to see?  Post in the comments below.  Let's get ready for EDC!!


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