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.
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
Of course, one of the other EDC lineup-announcement joys is scanning the outer orbits of the bill for idiosyncratic
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.