The names at the top of the lineup at this year's Electric Daisy Carnival will be familiar to longtime fans of the festival. But that likely won't slow down any of its 400,000 attendees over its three days.
Calvin Harris, Kaskade, Avicii, Tiesto and Above & Beyond are among the veteran EDC acts that will again play the top slots at this year's installment, which hits the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on June 19-21. Alesso, Flosstradamus, Moby and Armin van Buuren are among the other main acts slated for top-tier sets.
The fest is always a huge and comprehensive bill of contemporary dance music, and some of the acts -- Disclosure, Art Department, Eric Prydz, Duke Dumont -- are at crucial junctures in their careers, moments when real pop crossovers and underground breakouts are very much in play.
General admission tickets were, as in recent years, already sold out before the lineup was even announced. A small number of VIP passes (at $699) are still available.
The lineup also reflects the quiet but simmering rift between Pasquale Rotella of Insomniac, the promoter for the Electric Daisy Carnival, and Gary Richards of the HARD music festival in the L.A. area. Both are parties in a trademark dispute of the rights to the Electric Daisy Carnival name. The two popular electronic music fests, both of which got their starts in Los Angeles and are currently at least partly owned by Live Nation, do not share any acts on their main bills this year.
Of course, one of the other EDC lineup-announcement joys is scanning the outer orbits of the bill for idiosyncratic DJ names. This year, we're especially taken with the prospect of finally seeing FuntCase, Angerfist and TrollPhace all in the same venue.
Plus, we're hoping Speaker of the House actually turns out to be John Boehner's DJ side project, as his lustrous tan will fit right in at any Vegas poolside dayclub.
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