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25 Raviest Things We Saw at Electric Daisy Carnival New York 2014

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Electric Daisy Carnival 2014

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Attending multi-city dance fest Electric Daisy Carnival means taking part in a culture. Unlike rock-focused events like Coachella and Lollapalooza, EDC brings an entire underground lifestyle out into the daylight — and this year, onto the MetLife Stadium parking lot in New Jersey. Thousands of young people turned up even when heavy rain poured down, wearing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costumes, waving glow sticks and sharing the PLUR handshakeAhead are the 25 best things — DJs, sculptures, even tattoos — that Rolling Stone came across after two days dancing under the Jersey skies. By Nick Murray, Julianne Escobedo Shepherd and Brittany Spanos

Baggi Begovic

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Baggi Begovic

At bottom-heavy festivals like EDC, when four headliners are playing simultaneously by the end of the day, sometimes it pays to show up early and see what's what. That was the case when Baggi Begovic eased listeners into the day with progressive house selections, amped up with a bit of pop. Begovic attributes his deft touch to his past — born in Bosnia, he was interned in a detention camp until 1992 before becoming a Rotterdam-based club DJ and Tiësto compatriot — which didn't audibly reflect his set, other than the fact that in this story, the DJ who saved his life was, in fact, himself. The crowd felt it. J.E.S.

Cedric Gervais, Electric Daisy Carnival 2014

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Cedric Gervais

Gervais teased his syrupy remix of Lana Del Rey's "Summertime Sadness" early and made good on this promise by playing it in full shortly before he left the stage, right when the sun finally returned. The combination had a positive and noticeable effect on a crowd that had been waning in the aftermath of the sudden downpour, their beads, tutus and cartoon character onesies still soaked. B.S.

John Wigweed, Electric Daisy Carnival 2014

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John Digweed

It's strange seeing a progressive house legend who once commanded tens of thousands of ravers playing on the second-smallest stage, but time marches on: It's not the Nineties, and right now it sometimes feels like DJs can't get put on without at least a little Dutch influence. Nevertheless, Digweed played a reliable and enjoyable set of the music on which he made his name, throwing in classics like the Jungle Brothers' "I'll House You," his fans eating it up. J.E.S.

Krewella, Electric Daisy Carnival 2014

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Chicago's Krewella were overstimulating in the best way possible, bringing fireworks, drum-and-bass and the combined energy of the group's three members to the Kinetic Field — better known as the stage with the giant owl perched above the DJ booth. Here, everything was flashing neon and slightly terrifying, and the "Alive" newcomers channelled that energy into one of the festival's most intense sets. B.S.

Yordan & Dead Space, Electric Daisy Carnival 2014

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Yordan & Dead Space

Yordan & Dead Space's blends would have been blissfully weird at even the most open-minded of venues, but at EDC that seemed to come from another planet — specifically one where it's common practice to transition from Janet Jackson to the "I Have a Dream Speech" and somehow wind up at the Ghostbusters theme song. B.S.

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This Spider-Man Tattoo

Sure, people were sporting some sick/cute/weird/goofy costumes they were going to discard when they returned to their regular, post-EDC lives. Some things, like tattoos, are permanent. Which is why this dude’s ink of a cross being held (straddled, perhaps?) by your friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man wins for best ink of the weekend. Props to him for being creative, and double props for wearing such a unique piece of art so proudly on his arm. B.S.

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