Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) Orlando celebrated another successful year at Tinker Field last weekend, Nov. 6 and 7.
In a city who’s no stranger to large crowds and plenty of magical entertainment, the fifth annual event welcomed over 65,000 fans combined during the two days.
Over 50 musical performers provided music across three stages while a handful of full-size carnival rides, dynamic art installations, and 100 roaming costumed performers entertained festivalgoers from 1 p.m. to midnight each day.
EDC Orlando marked the debut of a scaled-down version of the Crystal Village stage at Kinetic Field, a theme that first appeared earlier this year at EDC Las Vegas.
This modified version, which still stands 100 feet tall and spans 230 feet wide, made it easier to focus on the various stage features, which together illustrate the natural elements — Earth, fire, water, and air. Dramatic skits between musical performers paid homage to each. Kinetic Field’s performers included Calvin Harris, Tiesto, Eric Prydz, Kaskade, Carnage, and more.
The Circuit Grounds stage, housed under the infamous domed mega-structure, featured LED panels lining the ceiling as bass-heavy artists like Flux Pavilion, Excision, Bassnectar, and Seven Lions performed.
Placement of these two larger stages was reversed from last year. This much-welcomed change helped east the flow of crowds walking the grounds and improved viewing of visual effects on each stage.
Neon Garden, a smaller stage tucked away on the other side of Lake Beardall, featured a giant golden Buddha backdrop. Circling the stage and dance floor was the Crescent Blue art piece, featuring zen-like shapes and blue hued LEDs.
This stage featured an incredibly powerful sound system for its size, which was used to project sounds provided by Paul Van Dyk, Gorgon City, Ferry Corsten, Green Velvet, Claude VonStroke, and more.
In addition to five full-size carnival rides, other features included a zip line across the lake, a glowing dandelion forest art installation, a food truck village, prime Kinetic Field viewing atop the 7-Up deck, and glistening LED trees surrounding Circuit Grounds.
VIP ticket holders also enjoyed raised viewing areas, dedicated food and drink vendors, seating areas, and other amenities — including a ball pit!
The ever-changing Orlando weather even cooperated. Fans enjoyed a beautiful sunset on Saturday afternoon and Tinker Field avoided significant weather issues later that night after an approaching storm miraculously split in half and moved past the venue leaving only a few sprinkles behind.
Electric Daisy Carnival is produced by Insomniac Events. EDCs are also held in Las Vegas, New York, England, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. The festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary next June in Las Vegas.
Here’s a look at some more of our other favorite photos from the weekend. All photos by Kent Otto/ElectronicMidwest.com/EDMcalendar.com.