EDC Chicago set for first time ever, May 24-26

WRITTEN BY: Meredith Dobes
EDC Chicago is set for May 2013. Thousands of people go to EDC each year.
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EDC Chicago is set for May 2013. Thousands of people go to EDC each year.

Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) Chicago makes its first ever debut May 24-26, this year. EDC is an electronic dance music (EDM) festival organized by production company Insomniac and includes stops in New York, Puerto Rico, Orlando and Las Vegas.

The 18 and older event will be held at Chicagoland Speedway and is the first EDC that offers camping during the festival.

In a press release, Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella said, “As Insomniac continues to grow, our first priority is listening to our fans, and they’ve made us feel confident that EDC has a home in Chicago.”

EDC originated in Southern California in the late 1990s and included stops in Texas and Colorado in the past. EDC Las Vegas is the largest North American EDM festival, with an attendance of over 300,000 people in 2012.

The lineup for 2013 has yet to be announced, but some of 2012’s performers included Afrojack, ATB, Bassnectar, Kaskade, Knife Party, Noisia, Pretty Lights, R3hab, Tiesto and Zeds Dead.

Tickets for EDC Las Vegas are already on sale, with travel packages and a layaway option available.

Chicago premiered its very own EDM festival last summer with two-day Spring Awakening in Soldier Field, featuring Skrillex and Afrojack. The festival is scheduled to return this summer, as a three-day event.

Tickets for EDC Chicago go on sale Jan. 23 and are priced at $175 for three-day general admission. Single-day tickets will be sold at a later date.

Since it was originally announced in December that EDC would be coming to Chicago, Midwesterners have been tweeting and talking about the festival’s arrival. After the confirmation today many had been waiting for, others across the country talk about where they want EDC to go next.

As EDM grows in mainstream popularity, major festivals put on by production companies seem to be growing in number across the nation, as well. Chicago is no stranger to EDM, and some Twitter users suggest that it should stick to its roots and support local DJs.