Music festival season is in full swing in the United States and what a way to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend at the third annual Electric Daisy Carnival New York at MetLife Stadium, presented by Insomniac Events. EDC has held up to its reputation as a forerunner of heavyweight acts for festival culture in the United States.
Lost in the sea of kandi-coated limbs, slogan tees and trucker hats with statements like “Where’s Molly”, “I'm So Happy”, and “Cuenca”, the kandi kid ravers and flower power electro kids were seriously out to play with the big name, classic acts and newcomers featured this year at the festival.
The list was as long as my kandi wrapped arms including Calvin Harris, Tiësto, Martin Garrix, Hardwell, DJ Snake, Steve Angello, Claude VonStroke, Bassnectar, 2manydjs, Nero, Rudimental, Borgore, Cedric Gervais, Green Velvet, Krewella, Headhunterz, MK, Damian Lazarus, Skream, and Gina Turner... and that's just to name a few who entertained the crowds into the Jersey night.
Props and PLUR to the creativity involved at this event, with the children of the digital age wearing GoPro Cameras with flower crowns and the ultimate rave accessory of the moment, the so called 'kandi mask,' a medical mask made of coloured beads (merely fashion jewelry today), and a sartorial throwback to the 90s raver.
Not even a down pour could put a damper on the weekend mood or the glow sticks as festivalgoers were shufflin' around a giant silver mechanical owl alongside various trippy neon flora and art installations, whilst enjoying carnival rides, mesmerising stage effects and towering flame jets.
However, one particular feature which stood above the rest, keeping a watchful eye over EDC, was the famous 100-foot animatronic brightly colored owl, perched neatly above the DJ booth flapping its wings to the beat along with its army of concrete jungle ravers.
At an event like this there is no shortage of kandi cuffs, random conversations, new found friendships and simply capturing that 'Kodak moment'. EDC like other notable music festivals and outdoor rave parties is an effective vehicle for spreading universal peace, love, unity and respect in kandi land as we journey through our EDC photo diary...
Photography by Jordi Girones & Carine Buncsi