May 21, 2014 2:31 PM
By Scott T. Sterling
This weekend (May 24-25), revered EDM festival Electric Daisy Carnival will descend on MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, for two days of non-stop beats, drops and partying to the delight of tens of thousands of adoring fans.
EDC NY will serve as a precursor to the even bigger Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, which is set for the weekend of June 20-22 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. According to Pasquale Rotella, the CEO of Insomniac Events and all things Electric Daisy Carnival, the differences between the two events extend far beyond just location.
“It’s really different from market to market. New York is really different than the West Coast. We’ve been doing events there since I started, so it’s been 20 years,” Rotella told Radio.com during a recent interview. “I think it’s only been maybe five years that New York has even had dance music festivals. You have different genres of music that people are interested in depending on location. New York has a really passionate techno scene, so we put extra love into that sound when choosing the lineup.”
Rotella claimed that the EDC vibe can very even between venues in the same general area, comparing the past two New York-based events.
“Being at Citi Field (in Queens, New York) last year as opposed to being at MetLife the year before, the energy was very different in those two places, even though they’re in the same area,” he explained.
The Insomniac honcho elaborated by laying out the differences between New York and Las Vegas based on sheer scale.
“Vegas is a destination festival. It’s (Insomniac’s) New Year’s Eve. It’s our biggest festival. we do 400,000 people over three days,” he said. “With EDC New York, last year we did 50,000 people a day over two days. New York is more of a daytime festival. Vegas is a nighttime festival. So we have different art installations and different special effects. It changes everywhere we go.”
What doesn’t change, Rotella emphasized, is the goal of presenting the best festival possible regardless of location, and leaving fans with memories they’ll carry for years to come.
“It’s always about having a good time. dancing, good vibes, good music, beautiful art, and people coming together to escape, enjoy life and celebrate.”
Electric Daisy Carnival 2013 documentary, Under the Electric Sky, is set to premiere on big screens across the country on May 29.