Best and Worst of Electric Daisy Carnival 2013

Josh "CuriousJosh" Reiss

If there is any lingering question about the mass popularity of electronic music, one need look no further than Electric Daisy Carnival. We'd be remiss to call EDC the "Woodstock of EDM," because even one of rock's most iconic festivals doesn't hold a candle to the production, logistics, and near incomprehensible grandeur that is Insomniac's flagship rave.

To call it a party would be diminutive and downright disrespectful. For three days at the end of June, EDC is an ephemeral nation unto itself with a population of more than 300,000 whose primary export is bass.

We were among the masses at Electric Daisy Carnival over the weekend. Here is the best and worst of what we saw, heard, smelled, touched and felt.

See also:
-Electric Daisy Carnival: Five Reasons the EDM Fest Is Totally Epic

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Josh "CuriousJosh" Reiss

Best: The Kids
EDC is a testament to the sheer fortitude of today's youth. This isn't one of those festivals that cuts the power at 2 a.m. when the headliner presses stop on his Pioneers. The party goes well into the morning the entire weekend, as thousands welcome the sunrise with the same enthusiasm they had for sets six hours prior.

Worst: The Cost
Paying for transportation to Las Vegas, a hotel in Vegas, a ticket to the festival, a ride to the festival, meals, drinks and assorted extracurricular fun all adds up, making this a fairly expensive three days, especially for the younger kids in attendance.

Josh "CuriousJosh" Reiss

Best: Diversity
"We're meeting people from the other side of the world!" said one attendee from Norwalk. "That is super fucking awesome!"

Best: The Staff
We've been to a lot of music festivals in our day, and we've faced our fair share of power-tripping polo shirts shining lights on our wristbands and re-routing us in the exact wrong direction. But the staff at EDC proved time and again that the logistics of this production were on lock; not only were we greeted with smiles and helpful answers, but at times we were surprised by just how accommodating they were. (Read: letting us in to the VIP area at 4:30 a.m., and subsequently letting us on the Ferris wheel with our vodka sodas.)



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