The History of Electric Daisy Carnival
Where it Began
The Electric Daisy Carnival is one of the world’s largest electronic dance music festivals. In fact, it has the highest attendance of any music festival of its kind outside Europe, leading some to dub it “The American Ibiza”. Founded in 1997 by Insomniac Events, and named after Steve Kool-Aid’s original creation, the festival has gone from big to massive in recent years.
EDC expanded very quickly. It was first held in 1997 at the Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles where 5000 ravers packed the hall. Originally set as a California only event, these days EDCs are everywhere! EDC can now be found in Colorado, Texas, Puerto Rico, Florida, and even the Garden State of New Jersey.
At the 16th annual EDC, the event took place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for 3 days on June 8th through June 10th. The music festival pulled in over 300,000 people and featured over 100 EDM artists from around the world. Unfortunately, the electronic music festival became tainted by the deaths of 2 festival goers. A drunk raver was killed after being hit by a truck while crossing the street and a young college pre-medical student who fell out of her hotel window after consuming ecstasy.
The EDC event in Los Angeles in 2010 also drew criticism for similar reasons. It was widely reported that several underage minors managed to attend the festival, many of whom ended up injured after imbibing drugs or alcohol. There was a young girl, only 15 years old, who died from ecstasy overdose. This incident prompted the City of Los Angeles to allow admittance to these events only to those over the age of 18.
EDC Leaves Los Angeles
The 15-year-old ecstasy controversy in combination with a scandal between the LA Memorial Coliseum and Insomniac were enough reasons for EDC to say good riddance to the City of Angels. Insomniac picked up shop and brought their carnival act to the bright lights of Las Vegas where it remains today.
Despite the occasional problems regarding drug use, Electric Daisy Carnival is still widely regarded as a positive influence on its attendees. The culture at EDC is reminiscent of the hippie counterculture where the values of peace, love, unity, respect, and responsibility run rampant. Just like any good thing, a few bad eggs can spoil the bunch. For the lion share of attendees, EDC is a safe haven where people come together for the love of electronic dance music. The lineups at EDC each year are always compelling, and event attendances have been steadily rising each year.
Attending Electric Daisy Carnival should be on everyone’s bucket list. EDC is no longer an electronic music festival; it has grown into a full-fledged entertainment experience. The only problem Insomniac has moving forward is “How will they continue to outdo the previous years Electric Daisy Carnival?”.
Electric Daisy Carnival Through the Years
The Timeline with Venues
1997 – Shrine Expo Hall (Los Angeles, CA)
1998 – No Info
1999 – Lake Dolores Waterpark (Newberry Springs, CA)
2000 – World Ag Expo (Tulare, CA)
2001 – Hansen Dam (Lake View Terrace, CA) and Thunderhill Raceway Park (Austin, Texas)
2002 – Queen Mary Events Park (Long Beach, CA) and Travis County Exposition Center (Austin, Texas)
2003 – NOS Events Center (San Bernadino, CA)
2004 – NOS Events Center (San Bernadino, CA)
2005 – NOS Events Center (San Bernadino, CA)
2006 – NOS Events Center (San Bernadino, CA)
2007 –Memorial Center and Expo Park (Los Angeles, CA)
2008 – Memorial Coliseum and Expo Park (Los Angeles and CA Arapahoe County Fairgrounds ( Aurora, CO)
2009 – Memorial Coliseum and Expo Park (Los Angeles, CA), Arapahoe County Fairgrounds ( Aurora, CO), The Arena Fairgrounds (Puerto Rico)
2010 – Memorial Coliseum and Expo Park (Los Angeles, CA), Arapahoe County Fairgrounds ( Aurora, CO), Fair Park (Dallas, TX), Estadio Sixto Escobar (Puerto Rico)
2011 – Tinker Field (Orlando, FL), County Fairgrounds ( Aurora, CO), Fair Park (Dallas, TX), Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Las Vegas, NV), and Estadio Sixto Escobar (Puerto Rico)
2012 – MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, NJ), Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Las Vegas, NV), and Panamerican Pier Complex (Puerto Rico)
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