The Electric Daisy Carnival returns to Orlando this weekend for its fifth straight year.
The colorful caravan — with electronic music, carnival rides, art installations, miles of LED lights and a field of wild daisies — is expected to draw more than 60,000 fans Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7, at the newly repurposed Tinker Field.
Some of the bigger names in Orlando this year include Top 40 artist Calvin Harris, Tiësto, DJ Snake, Seven Lions and Kaskade.
But there are Electric Daisy rookies, including Daan Romers, 29, a progressive house DJ and producer from the Netherlands. He’s on the main stage between 5 and 6 p.m. on Saturday.
He may be new to EDC, but Romers — aka Dannic — has fond memories of a 2014 show at downtown’s Club Firestone (now Venue 578): “That night was actually awesome. People had Dannic banners and T-shirts … I was really blown away.”
Performers and fans can expect more room this time around in Orlando. Last year, Tinker Field was a construction area that limited the festival’s size.
The new setup is “a perfect palette for us to paint,” said Alyxzander Bear, who oversees the production for all EDC’s stops.
He said it takes hundreds of workers and several weeks to bring EDC to life. With a theme of Crystal Village, this year’s main stage features windmills, a waterfall, a fire-breathing dragon and a giant owl head above center stage.
Dancing the night away at a music festival taps into something spiritual for electronic-music fans, said EDC promoter Pasquale Rotella. “I think it’s good for the soul, good for the mind and necessary for the people.”
He organized his first EDM festival in 1993 in Southern California, attracting around 300 concertgoers.
The sharp rise in EDM’s popularity is “just a natural evolution of music,” said Matt Medved, senior editor for dance and electronic music for Billboard. “If you listen to the radio now, most of it sounds like electronic music,” he said.