10 Must See Acts at Electric Daisy Carnival New York

Electric Daisy Carnival New York has undergone a number of major adjustments since its 2012 inception. What could often be referred to as “EDC New Jersey” frequently alternated between East Rutherford’s Met Life Stadium and Queens’ Citi Field, with the inaugural event drawing in about 45,000 revelers per day. It’s easy to say that the New York leg of the Las Vegas flagship festival was a natural success.


In the last four years, Insomniac’s Electric Daisy Carnival has continued to establish its international prestige among the global festival circuit with events in major cities like Las Vegas, Orlando, and São Paulo.

In consistently pushing the envelope with remarkable production and diversified rosters, EDC New York will return to Citi Field on May 14 and 15 for its 5th annual event. Vowing to be bigger and more extravagant than ever, additions include expanded festival grounds, a redesigned stage layout, carnival rides, extended set times, and the East Coast debut of Carnival Square, which premiered at EDC Las Vegas in 2015 as a site for artist meet-and-greets. Below, we present the 10 can’t-miss acts of EDC NY.


At the cusp of the Millennium, Ferry Corsten and Tiesto came together and created their legendary act Gouryella. The duo quickly dominated the trance scene, beginning with their debut self-titled track in 1999. Thirteen years following its last release, this past summer brought joyous news that Ferry had resurrected Gouryella – manifested in the chart-topper “Anahera.” As Corsten undertakes a solo global tour as Gouryella, he will craft his stage design and sets by way of his artistic vision of the ego.

When / Where:  Saturday, May 14 – Circuit Grounds Stage



In less than a year, Marshmello has gone from anonymous newcomer to an international superstar, headlining his own shows in Vegas, playing big stages at Ultra Music Festival and EDC, and collaborating with highly regarded artists like Jauz. The humanized marshmallow will be making his EDC NY debut, and if his “Keep it Mello” music video is any indication, things are about to get rowdy.

When / Where:  Saturday, May 14 – Cosmic Meadow Stage



Native talent The Martinez Brothers will represent New York’s toughest borough – the Bronx – at the 2016 edition of EDC New York. The house duo cut their teeth on a church band before adopting dance music as a full-time career, having since earned international acclaim as they gained the support of famed producers like Dennis Ferrer, Nile Rodgers and Seth Troxler.

When / Where:  Saturday, May 14 – Neon Garden Stage



Perhaps best known for collaborating with Diplo on “Be Right There,” Canadian producer Sleepy Tom is a solid beat maker in his own right. The Spinnin’ and Fool’s Gold associate’s trajectory is best seen through his works with Anna Lunoe, Grandtheft and, most recently, alongside Tonye in “Seeing Double.” The 26-year-old upstart is in the midst of honing a signature style that fans had better catch on to dance music’s best kept secret before the rest of the world finds out.

When / Where:  Saturday, May 14 – Cosmic Meadow Stage



Curtis Jones, best known as Cajmere, Green Velvet or one half of Get Real, pioneered house music as we know it today. Opting to pursue music full time in the 80s, the former chemical engineering major found solace in electronic music at an early age, and never looked back since. What Green Velvet gave to dance music include two labels, a wealth of respected original productions, and an unmatched studio etiquette that spawned a new and exciting era of underground dance.

When / Where:  Saturday, May 14 – Neon Garden Stage



Amid a string of reunions include English progenitors Caspa and Rusko, who dominated electronic music circa 2007 with their signature brand of gridiron dubstep. Now, after years of separation, the inextricably linked duo has reunited with a worldwide tour and new music to boot. Expect to hear a slate of fresh records similar to “Blouse An Skirt” that embrace the pair’s low-fi roots.

When / Where:  Sunday, May 15 – Circuit Grounds Stage



As the fight for greater female representation on festival lineups carries on, Alison Wonderland reigns supreme. An Astralwerks affiliate, the Australian producer took the dance music world by storm in unveiling her live show and releasing her debut album, Run, in 2015. Though she is still burgeoning, Alison is a force to be reckoned with.

When / Where:  Sunday, May 15 – Cosmic Meadow Stage



Lauren Lane shows no signs of slowing down in 2016. Her immensely popular Cool Kids EP and the launch of her latest record, Diary of A Mad Woman, evince the LA-based artist’s momentous rise within the last two years. Best known among the underground and Burning Man communities for producing raunchy tech house, Lauren will give main stage headliners like Afroack and David Guetta a run for their money following her EDC NY set.

When / Where:  Sunday, May 15 – Neon Garden Stage



There’s a certain occult-like fascination with European techno and house imprint Life & Death. Aside from the spiritual associations of the label’s name, the theme is embodied poignantly in the music, with releases from heavy hitters like Tale of Us and Mind Against. Having helped shape modern-day house and techno, the Berlin-based pair are projected to put on a rattling performance at EDC New York.

When / Where:  Sunday, May 15 – Neon Garden Stage



Among underground dance culture’s top acts lies Thugfucker. The jet setting duo, comprised of Greg Oreck and Holmar Filipsson, have graced the world’s grandest clubs and festivals including Burning Man, Panorama Bar, Fabric and DC10. As Thugfucker prepare to release their forthcoming EP via Life and Death, expect to hear a treasure trove of unreleased tunes during their EDC NY set.

When / Where:  Sunday, May 15 – Neon Garden Stage