Electric Daisy Carnival (UK)

Electric Daisy Carnival,

11th July: The National Bowl (Milton Keynes)


The Lowdown-

Lets address the elephant in the room here first. Visually, The Electric 

Daisy Carnival might well be the most aesthetically interesting 

festival taking place over the summer… ‘kinteticFIELD’ Aka: Main 

Stage, has two monolithic owls either side of the cathedral-esque 

stage and is scattered with multi-coloured, spinning daisies. The 

‘circuitGROUNDS’ stage looks like a futurist art installation and the 

‘neonGARDEN’ is a laser-drenched sanctuary. The festival will also 

feature innovative, large-scale art pieces dotted across the area such 

as giant, flamboyant flowers. Basically, it all looks like a grandiose 

lysergic acid trip. Groovy.  



This transatlantic festival started in America in ’97 and has become 

one of the largest EDM festivals in the world. Its first bow on UK soil 

in 2013 solidified the popularity of the festival and now 2015 brings 

it back to Milton Keynes Bowl for one rave-filled day and night of the 

best in drum & bass, electro, techno and house.


Basic tickets start from a measly £60, which is the equivalent of a pair 

of trainers nowadays. Think about it, sixty quid to see some of the 

best DJs on the planet, including Tiesto and Jamie Jones for the price 

of some Nike Roshes. Not bad eh? EDC is also offering some swanky 

VIP packages which include alcohol tokens, an exclusive viewing 

platform and private toilets (which is a nice alternative to weeing in a 

hole in the ground). These VIP packages are £225, which isn’t bad 

considering the 10 free drinks included. 

Unfortunately the Bowl has no on-site camping facilities so the 

organisers have arranged some ticket + hotel packages that include 

free coach travel. How good of them? Alternatively, if you really feel 

like roughing it and getting the ‘authentic’ festival experience, there 

is a 1500 capacity site situated a 5 minute walk away. Tickets for this 

can be booked through If you’re not 

planning to stay, Milton Keynes Central Station is only a 20 minute 

walk away or you could book a coach with the festival’s official 

partners ‘Big Green Coach’: /events/Electric-daisy-carniva l-



Who’s On-

EDC have an inclusive and touching tagline this year that states, ‘the 

most important headliner is YOU’. Mercifully for all our eardrums, 

they’ve also gone and booked some decent acts too. Saturday 11th July 

will see the likes of trance legend Tiesto, Route 94, Subfocus and 

Steve Aoki grace the whimsical utopia of light beams and music that 

is the Electric Daisy Carnival. Also appearing on the day are Friction, 

Jamie Jones, Paul Van Dyke, Carnage, Robin Schulz, Pendulum (DJ 

Set), Sub Focus and many more purveyors of dance music from deep 

house and dubstep to electro. If the line-up is anything to go by, the 

National Bowl will be transformed for a day into a wave of people 

collectively bouncing to their hearts content. What a sight that’ll be.



Why Should I Go?-

Besides from having some of dance music’s cream of the crop, the 

festival is promising some special effects and treats that you won’t 

experience anywhere else. This includes the UK’s largest 360 degree 

LED light display, pyrotechnics, exhilarating carnival rides and 

insomniac’s own crew of performers that include stilters, aerial 

tricksters, circus performers and people dressed as giant flowers and 

lollipops. Sweet! 


The Electric Daisy festival is going to be a breath-taking sensory 

experience that is an unprecedented fusion akin to Space Ibiza and 

Willy Wonka’s factory. What’re you waiting for?

Tickets: http://uk.electricdaisycarniva



By Ford Brown

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