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Last weekend, as Lovebox returned to Victoria Park for the eleventh year, the world-famous Electric Daisy Carnival made its UK debut in London.
One year on and the Olympic Park was going crazy once again, but this time it was for the world’s top dance and electronic music acts rather than athletes.
The sold-out event saw 50,000 dance fans at Queen Elizabeth’s Olympic Park for EDC’s first international event outside the USA, where it has been a huge success for the past 17 years taking place in the likes of Las Vegas.
The world’s leading dance music stars descended on Stratford including; Steve Angello, NERVO, Flux Pavilion, SHY FX, and Rusko to name a few. More than 30 acts performed throughout the day across five stages; kineticFIELD, cosmicMEADOW, bassPOD, neonGARDEN and discoveryPROJECT.
Festival-goers, who danced their way from stage to stage, had gone all out for the occasion, dressed in wacky, brightly coloured clothing, accessorised with neon paint and flower garlands.
I spent much of the day at bassPOD, which had an all British line-up including: Jaguar Skills, Nero, Sub Focus and Caspa. The arena was hosted by Radio 1’s Mistajam presents Speakerbox, who, during his set, created a mass Harlem Shake; bringing a man in a reindeer onesie up on stage to start it off.
Aside from the music, the experience was enhanced by carnival rides and theatrical and circus performers, who toured the site entertaining crowds. Art installations could be found around the park, most notably The Electric Daisy by artist Poetic Kinetics, a 100 foot lit, moving flower which towered above the main stage.
The best act of the day for me was Swedish DJ AVICII, who came before Tiesto headlined the mainstage. During his electrifying set he performed huge hits including Levels and his current number one Wake Me Up.
The main stage saw an explosion of streamers, smoke, confetti and lasers as the sun set over the Olympic Park. As we sang along with Avicii “wake me up when it’s all over” that’s most certainly not what this raving crowd wanted, as they danced atop each other’s shoulders and pumped their fists in the air, but like all good things it had to come to an end.
Electric Daisy Carnival is one of a series of concerts and events taking place throughout the summer at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Ellie was a guest of Big Box Media