Electric Daisy Carnival has been kicking off New Yorkers’ summer festival seasons since Insomniac Events brought their fest to Met Life Stadium in 2012. Since then, EDC NY has become one of the largest events in the New York Metropolitan Area and drawn crowds from across the nation. Which is why the 2017 cancellation announcement (by EDC founder Pasquale Rotella) stirred up some anxious feelings this could be the beginning of a decline for New York City events. But we don’t think so.
Instead of lamenting the loss of a festival with hyped-up, regurgitated line ups and lackluster communal vibes, let’s take a minute to appreciate the many aspects of NYC’s dance music community currently thriving.
You can count on exciting events being thrown in NYC every weekend. Be it up and coming producers playing intimate venues, collectives of musicians organizing nonstop warehouses parties in Brooklyn or even highly anticipated tours making their stop at one of NYC’s larger venues, there will always be people gathered to see and support live music. This is because NYC has an unmatched and incredibly passionate dance music community, constantly seeking out new talent and working to fortify the electronic music scene’s place in NYC nightlife.
If you’re hurting over EDC NY’s cancellation and a festival with a communal vibe is what you’re looking for, we suggest checking out MysteryLand (held on the original Woodstock grounds) and Camp Bisco, which hosts musicians spanning all dance music genres. Both fests are less than a three-hour drive from the city and are sure to introduce guests to new favorite acts and create dream-like experiences.
With all of the amazing events still happening and new artists coming out of NYC, it would be silly to say we’re lacking in live music. As long as there’s a dedicated dance music community in New York City, there will always be collectives of event organizers, like Good Looks, producing and promoting safe spaces for New Yorkers to get together and celebrate live music.