Monday, May 21, 2012

Electric Daisy Carnival Headliners Avicii, Steve Angello Bring Mayhem To New York

'New York City, tonight, electronic dance music won the Super Bowl,' Swedish House Mafia's Angello tells the crowd.
By Nicholas Philippou

Armin van Buuren at Electric Daisy Carnival New York

A different breed of giants owned MetLife Stadium on Saturday during day two of New York's inaugural Electric Daisy Carnival. Armin van Buuren, Avicii and Swedish House Mafia's Steve Angello closed the day's festivities under a sea of red, white and gold fireworks, after taking an estimated 60,000 fans for an unforgettable ride.

"We put a nightclub in Giants stadium," Angello proudly told the crowd during EDC's closing moments. "New York City, tonight, electronic dance music won the Superbowl."

Angello reveled in the moment and called the night "historic," after delivering a two-hour set that evolved from dark and dirty to euphoric, ending with Angello in the spotlight, arms wide open, nearly hugging the crowd during SHM's remix of Coldplay's "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall." SHM fans got their serving with classics like "Greyhound" and "One" as well as the revved-up Knife Party remix of "Save the World" that capped the night's exhilaration.

Thomas Gold was Steve Angello's Eli Manning inside the stadium, where Size Matters took over the end zone. Gold had one of those days where it was like he couldn't miss, from the moment he hit the stage he turned the red zone into the Gold zone for two hours.

He fired off a monster set with his remix of Miike Snow's "The Wave" and rode on a high-energy, song-switching filter-fest of songs we all love, but have never heard quite like this before. Gold played up the Police's "Message In a Bottle," against his track "Abart," with Leventina's "We're Gonna Start," followed up with a mash-up of "Agora" and Avicii's "Le7els" in what was a fun, feel-good set that scratched every itch.

Outside of the stadium, at the Kinetic Field, Alesso and SHM's Sebastian Ingrosso both killed it with amazing sets, with Alesso even making a return trip to the stage when Seb cued up their smash hit, "Calling," while the huge crowd hummed out the chorus. Ingrosso played up every element of his show, leveling the crowd with a mash-up of SHM's "One" against Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," while a giant eye familiar to SHM fans stared back at them, creating a definite feeling of surreal, a reoccurring sensation throughout the festivities.

And a surreal experience is really what EDC is all about. It's a costume party, a rave, a carnival, an amusement park, a concert and a madhouse in whatever direction you turn. Wherever you were, you were most definitely entertained.

Were you at New York's Electric Daisy Carnival? What did you think? Leave your comment below!

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