Preview: Electric Daisy Carnival at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20

Last year's Electric Daisy Carnival in the USA

Last year's Electric Daisy Carnival in the USA - Credit: Archant

World-famous dance music festival the Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) will be held in the UK this month for the first time in its history.

After Las Vegas last year, the festival is coming to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Saturday, July 20, with host of renowned dance DJs, special effects and more than 500 theatrical performances across four stages and arenas.

Among those taking to the main stage at the carnival – which started in Las Vegas in 1997 and has never before been held outside America – are Australian twins Nervo, who co-wrote David Guetta’s Grammy-winning 2011 track When Love Takes Over.

Dutch progressive and electro house DJ and music producer Hardwell will also be taking to the decks. He said: “Being invited to play the first-ever EDC in the UK is a real honour. I’ve played in the UK many times and each time the energy there has been insane. Mix into that the jaw-dropping production and set-up of EDC and, make no mistake, this will be one of the go-to festivals of the year.”

BBC Radio 1 DJ MistaJam, who is also on the bill, added: “Having seen how EDC in the USA has revolutionised the way our American cousins look at music festivals, I’m over the moon that not only will I be playing at the inaugural UK EDC but also that I get to bring my own Speakerbox stage to the proceedings.

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‘Icing on cake’

“As Speakerbox and myself are all about quality music regardless of genre, the line-up that I’ve worked hard with the EDC team to put together really reflects this and will be the icing on a very busy UK festival cake for me.”

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Pasquale Rotella, chief executive of Insomniac, which is staging the event, said: “Bringing Insomniac’s Electric Daisy Carnival experience across the Atlantic to London has been my dream for years and I couldn’t ask for a better partner than Cream, who is a worldwide fixture in electronic dance music culture.

“I’m confident that our collaboration will expose Insomniac’s returning fans and those who have yet to visit our United States festivals an opportunity to unite this summer in London.”

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