With Insomniac's New York edition of Electric Daisy Carnival next weekend, excitement for Memorial Day Weekend is growing in the tri-state area. As always, Pasquale Rotella is delivering a massive lineup and with set times now announced, it is time for us headliners to begin planning the soundtrack to our weekend. Below are 10 of my recommended sets to see at EDC New York next weekend at MetLife Stadium, which are listed alphabetically:
1. 12th Planet:
I find 12th Planet to be one of the most overlooked dubstep acts at festivals. The DJ always brings a big crowd, but with the insane sets he delivers, he deserves even bigger. I highly recommend making a stop inside the stadium to see 12th planet kill it on Sunday night!
2. Carl Cox:
Carl Cox is a legend on the decks and anybody who has the opportunity to see him spin live should take advantage. I know a lot of other “more mainstream” artists will be playing at the same time, but will be an hour and a half set so everyone should definitely stop by!
3. Eric Prydz or Kaskade:
Damn… Eric Prydz and Kaskade are playing at the same time; two amazing artists, two different stages, but no wrong answer. Honestly, both of these DJs are going to put on amazing sets and it sucks that we can only see one of them, but whoever you so choose to see you are going to have a good time, that is what matters most!
Gazzo, a name you may have yet to hear of, is a set I am calling my early set to see next weekend. Gazzo is an up and coming artist who has made large strides in the past year and I highly recommend you check out his set Saturday afternoon!
5. Knife Party:
At EDC's alternate main stage, the EDM king of pop culture Calvin Harris will be playing, but I have to recommend Knife Party closes your weekend. The DJ duo played what was one of the best sets at Ultra in Miami this year and I do not know how you can miss a chance to see that live!
6. Martin Garrix:
Yes, Martin Garrix… hate all you want, but I happened to catch the kid's set last year at EDC New York and (honestly) it was one of my favorite sets all weekend. I am not making you go, but there is no reason to hate on this kid because he is good and the only way is up for him!
7. Oliver Heldens:
Another young artist, Oliver Heldens has made quite the rise to stardom in the past year, similar to the rise of Martin Garrix in the year prior. And like Martin Garrix, Oliver is also a young, yet extremely talented DJ and I also suggest you check out his set Sunday afternoon!
8. Seven Lions:
With a lot of amazing dubstep DJs at EDC this year, I happen to think Seven Lions is (besides Bassnectar) one of the best dubstep sets to see at EDC, or anywhere. Seven Lions played in Philadelphia the other night and I heard it was amazing, you have to see him!
9. The Magician:
The Magician is an artist a lot of people don't talk about, but he is actually a magician on stage. He always plays spectacular sets and the second I saw his name on the lineup, I knew that he was on my list to see… he is magical!
10. Yellow Claw:
Okay, you may have noticed I was missing a trap DJ on my sets to see, but this was alphabetical… last, but not least, Yellow Claw brings an energy to the stage that I never witnessed before I saw the trio live last year at EDC New York. If there is a trap act to see, trust me, it is Yellow Claw!
Bonus Act(s) – Armin van Buuren or Bassnectar or Hardwell, yes all three of these amazing artists will be playing from 10:00 to 11:00 to close Saturday on three different stages. Yes, this is the hardest decision I will ever make in my entire life… I cannot help you choose who, I have no idea who I might be going to see.
So… who will you be seeing next weekend at EDC New York?
Oh, don't have tickets, well there are still some available (two days and single day tickets), but there are not many left; I hope to see you there!