By Katie Hobbs
Electric Daisy Carnival, commonly known as EDC, is one of the biggest electronic dance music festivals in the world. Last year I turned down an opportunity to attend EDC Vegas, and the FOMO (fear of missing out) I had whilst watching my friends upload photos and videos to Facebook was unbearable. This year EDC UK invited wildthing.com to come along and experience their 1 day festival in the land of magical roundabouts – Milton Keynes. We jumped at the chance to attend and couldn’t wait to see what the Electric Daisy Carnival has to offer!
Earlier this year Avicii announced he was going to retire and one of his last performances was to be at EDC Milton Keynes. Whilst this news saddened me, I was glad of the opportunity to see him one last time. I seen Avicii perform last year at Ultra Music Miami, and his skills whilst on stage are out of this world. I have always had a love for EDM (electric dance music). It has always had a special place in my heart, and whilst my music tastes have changed over the years, I couldn’t wait to see the likes of Sigma, Martin Garrix and Axwell Ingrosso.
EDC UK is held in Milton Keynes, and coming from Bristol, we had an easy 2 hour drive and encountered next to no traffic. Apart from our lack of common sense on how to access the car park, we found the experience easy and stress free! I was planning on drinking, but if you wanted to stay the night, you can pre-book camping. Luckily for me, I had a designated driver.
The Experience and Festival
Milton Keynes Bowl is a great venue. The main stage KineticFIELD is set down into the hill so you can sit back and relax and watch the party below. With its awesome stage complete with Waterfalls and the all-seeing Owl, it’s one of the most iconic and recognisable stages in the Festival world. The VIP area was set in the center of the KineticFIELD. Entry into the VIP area will allow you access to a chill out area, bar (with more drink options like cocktails) and a raised platform to view the Performances and festival-goers from up-above. Complete with fairground rides, insane sound system and atmosphere, this one day festival isn’t one to be missed. Around the back of the main arena there is a walkway with plenty of bars, places to eat and toilets. More on that below. Next to the main arena, is 2 more stages, the CircuitGROUNDs and NeonGARDEN.
One thing that striked me about this festival was how chilled out it was. Along with the traditional expectations of an EDM festival I was half expecting the crowd to be hard hitting and floating in the clouds with the unicorns and fairies, but, everyone I spoke to was so level headed and friendly. I didn’t see one fight, and everyone queued like adults. In fact, I did feel that the crowd was a little bit more mature than some festivals I’ve been too recently. I prefer it that way. Everyone has a bit more respect for each other and there isn’t to much pushing and shoving. I don’t even recall seeing a drink being thrown into the crowd. I felt quite relaxed and safe.
If you’re an EDM lover, this place is for you. The line up is full of well known DJ’s and artists. Don’t expect any live bands here. The DJ’s here are upbeat and gets the crowd dancing, and when you’re ready to take a break you can sit back on the hill and take in the view. With lots of the Artists playing having well known releases and some with vocals, you really feel connected with the festival and the people around you. When the sun went down Avicii started his set. The light show was breathtaking, and just watching Avicii alone in my opinion was well worth the journey and money to go. The festival finished with an impressive firework display, and i was sad to see the day end.
With the bladder of someone who has to go every 15 minutes, the toilets at this venue were fantastic. Toilets are my festival pet hate. I hate waiting. I hate dirty toilets. I hate having to walk far. EDC had plenty of toilets scattered all over the site, and they all seamed very clean with most having toilet roll! Very impressed.
Drink & Drugs
As you enter the site you are greeted by sniffer dogs. I also spotted a few around the site too. Your bags are searched whilst entering the site, so taking drink in with you isn’t really an option. There are numerous bars serving alcohol, and plenty of water points for you to use if you’re getting dehydrated.
Alcohol is as expected – rather expensive. Expect to pay around £6 for a small wine, £6 for a vodka/rum mixer and £5 for a beer/cider. Quite an expensive day out if you intended on getting a bit merry.
Quite impressed with the food. There was a good variety of stands and I settled on a hotdog for lunch and Chinese later on. Prices we’re quite reasonable, around £7 a meal, and rather tasty. There wasn’t anywhere to sit and eat from memory, but the weather was good so we we’re able to chill on the grass.
I had high expectations for the fashion at EDC UK. After seeing photos of EDC Vegas I was expecting more of a “rave” fashion to follow suit. I was wrong. Long gone are the days where you would see neon tutus, leg warmers and brightly coloured beads – that was so 90’s. (Sorry USA, we moved on from this a while back. What we’ve been left with is the uber-cool fashion which is trending the UK festival scene. Shorts, bodies, and loose kimono’s seemed to dominate this festival. However there were still a few which represented a new era of rave, which consists of amazing brightly coloured prints and fancy dress. Here are our favourites.
This co-ord/separate set is by Lourde London. I received so many compliments from girls and boys alike and is definitely a head-turner! This set was comfortable to wear and (most important to me when it comes to festivals) easy to get off in a festival toilet rush. I literally felt… ahem… out-of-this-world.
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