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Saturday, June 9, 2012

EDC 2012: Coachella or Electric Daisy Carnival: Which One is Better?

Posted By on Sat, Jun 9, 2012 at 9:44 AM

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Kaskade.
See also: Our Complete Coachella Coverage

Dance music is coming to an arena near you: Kaskade will be the first DJ ever to play Staples Center (July 27). And mainstream concert promoters such as Live Nation are diving into the electronic dance explosion.

Electric Daisy Carnival, which is being held this weekend at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, is the ultimate big stage for DJs. These larger-than-life dance titans, many of whom find as many fans via radio as they do in clubs, provide an over-the-top experience.

It was Coachella that introduced electronic dance music to the contemporary alt-rock crowd, even as EDC brought DJs to the masses. So which is king of the EDM concert world?

Frankly, they're starting to look like each other. Coachella's 2012 dance lineup mirrored that of the previous Electric Daisy Carnival in Vegas: Afrojack, Avicii, Calvin Harris and David Guetta were on both bills.

No wonder we heard that Coachella's promoter, Goldenvoice, had expressed interest in buying EDC.

If we were to vote, however, we'd say the Coachella of old had the right vibe. It seemed to go out of its way to book left-of-center dance acts such as Massive Attack that would never play on the relentlessly bouncy stages of EDC.

Seeing French duo Air perform on a Coachella main stage at sunset? That's about as sublime as it gets.

Unfortunately, in 2010, Coachella went after EDC's audience and booked Tiesto, Deadmau5 and Kaskade. Ravers nearly gatecrashed the show, and things felt out of control at times. We called it "Clusterfuckachella." Really.

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