By: Samantha Williams
The wait was over on Saturday May 14th when Insomniac kicked off its fifth Electric Daisy Carnival in New York. The festival returned to Citi Field for the weekend, home of the New York Mets in Queens, New York with multiple sub-genres of Electronic Dance Music. Some of the line-up for Saturday included EDM DJ’s such as 4B, Adventure Club, Sleepy Tom, Marshmello, Madeon, Dada Life, Yellow Claw, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, DJ Snake, and Zedd. Four stages made up the foundation of the festival along with merchandise tents, food tents, art tents, and V.I.P bars for those who are 21 years old and payed more money.
As EDC calls their audience the real “Headliners,” each Headliner was unique with their own outfits, costumes, and homemade Kandi. Kandi is beaded bracelets made to trade with other people wearing Kandi. This trade falls under what ravers call “PLUR,” or Peace, Love, Unity, Respect. Two or more audience members meet up with one another and touch hands to form the P-L-U-R handshake and trade Kandi bracelets. Each Kandi is different, some more elaborate than others.
Along with Kandi, many people also bring Totems with them, which are creative signs they place on poles which you can see from far away into the crowd. There were many different ones including a fathead of DJ Khaled, a crying baby, “Make America Rave Again,” and even the Pope’s face. The amazing thing about EDC is the creativity and the judgement free atmosphere where anyone can be or wear whatever they want and it is okay. The more different the outfit, the better.
There has been a huge debate over the choice of location this year. Citi Field is the original place in New York where EDCNY was held. After the first two years at the venue, the next two years were moved over to MetLife Stadium, home of the New York Giants and Jets. MetLife was an ideal spot because there is more space and the stages are more spread apart. For many, MetLife was a more convenient location as well. At Citi Field, I heard many complaints of the stages being too close together and these complaints turned into reality. In several areas, you can hear the stages overlapping. In order to hear just one stage, you had to be as close to the stage as possible.
But there is one thing about EDCNY that never changes and that is the incredible ambiance and the guests that attend. The costumes and the stages become more intensified every year, especially the stages. The main stage, KineticField has an owl that evolves every year. Two years ago, it was a small owl body with wings hugging around the DJ. Last year, there were two owls on the stage. This year, the stage was insane with a huge owl head with eyes that moved and a fire and water theme with a waterfall on one side and flames on the other. The new Crystal Village lit up the entire Citi Field Parking Lot and although there were complaints from the lack of space and popularity of DJ’s, there was a bunch of positivity in the art, the music, and the fun experience!