EDC 2023, on its first day around one hundred thousand people attended (José Jorge Carreón/Ocesa)
Between the phosphorescent lights and the high decibels that resonate from different points of the curves enabled at the Hermanos Rodríguez Autodrome in CDMX, from this February 24 to Sunday the 26th, lovers of the genre arrive in droves willing to vibrate with a selection of more than 100 national and international electronic music acts.
In its ninth edition, the Electric Daisy Carnival, EDC, adds to the Mexican euphoria for the massive festivals where the beats and the outpouring of energy infect an audience eager to “give it their all” on the dance floors that become the spacious gardens of the Autodromo, where in front of the scenarios with names that allude to the imaginary raver -Circuit Grounds, Neon Gardens, Waste Land, Bionic Jungle or Stereo Bloom- attendees are mesmerized by the visuals, laser light play and BPM from the DJ’s turntable on duty.
The event born in 1997 has been presented over time in countries such as the United States, Japan, Brazil and the United Kingdom, and is considered the largest electronic music festival outside of Europe, its peak in Mexican lands since 2014 and to the date.
Marshmello, Martin Garrix, Diplo, Tiësto, Rehab, Illenium, Above & Beyond, and other DJs are the attraction that attracts crowds -100,000 attendees on the first day alone, according to figures from the organizers, and who turn the huge stages into raves where the smell of marijuana prevails in some circles.
But EDM genres, such as house, dance, electro, drum and bass, techno, dance-punk, hard dance, dubstep, trance and its variants are not the only things that are danced in EDC, because according to the current times , the massive genre par excellence could not be left out of this neon-colored party: reggaeton.
For those who the day offers something more than the acts of international DJs, consolidated in the electronic scene, there is the MIXX stage, where reggaeton and trap are present to put to “bellaquear” the enthusiasts of the genre most listened to in the mainstream. currently.
“Yes, it’s cool to dance electro, the people from the front get very excited and make a good mess, but it also suddenly gets tiring, after a while it gets boring and one prefers to come with the band to dance to the ground,” Jorge, a 25-year-old merchant, who attends the EDC from the Escandón neighborhood and for whom the musical selection that the Veracruz project Exodia Collado, which included remixes of classic urban songs, such as Gasolina by Daddy Yankeee and Oye mi canto, by NORE and Nina Sky was a lift enough.
Reggaeton acts, such as Exodia Collado from Veracruz, were present at EDC México
Likewise, for some like Daniela, 28, a psychologist and resident of the Magdalena Contreras mayor’s office, the electronic scene has its value, but it is something that “already was”:
“Techno and trance continue to catch on, but I think it reaches more to other generations that lived through the mere boom of the time. It is respected and everything, but today is reggaeton, perreo, the atmosphere that the music of the neighborhood puts on ”, he tells Infobae México.
“I also feel that as a generation it is a rhythm that speaks to all of us, that came from the communities of Puerto Rico and today is a worldwide phenomenon. The urban has more of our essence as Latinos, like a powerful brotherhood, and I feel that the electro is more alien to our mess, the fart is more Anglo-Saxon ”.
Uzielito Mix, one of the greatest exponents of the urban genre in Mexico, was present on the MIXX stage (Max Alonso/Infobae)
In addition to the chance to “get on” with another genre, the EDC offers the possibility of enjoying the long journey of music even if you have a disability. This is the case of Rodrigo, who went to the Hermanos Rodríguez Racetrack with crutches and a wheelchair, and for whom his condition did not prevent him from enjoying the full experience.
“Since I arrived, the access staff saw me, and since it is a rather long journey from the entrance to the street, I also came with my wheelchair, and the carnalitos offered me the service of a cart, it is completely free, so I said ‘how cool, what a good fart’”.
“They took me a cart like a golf guy, and they already put me in here, I already gave them my tickets, they scanned them and that’s it, what is that the wheelchair is somewhat complicated due to the unevenness that exists, but I already said ‘While we walk, I’d better go on crutches because it’s easier, but the truth is that I’m very well’.
Attendees at EDC Mexico, where the most anticipated headliners were Tiësto, Diplo and Bizarrap (José Jorge Carreón/Ocesa)
Rodrigo had no problem enjoying the festival amenities, where it is also possible to live advertising experiences and feel the adrenaline of the carnival rides.
“I got on the Ferris wheel with no problems. Until then, the majority of people have been very respectful, there is no shortage of those who cross or beat you, but in general they are very respectful in that sense,” said the 27-year-old, who is already looking forward to the 2024 edition of the festival that keeps the electronic scene alive at a massive level and evokes the legendary raves of yesteryear.
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