Five of the best at Electric Daisy Carnival

Bringing with it an awe inspiring mainstage, EDC returns to Milton Keynes Bowl on Saturday 9th July. Find out who we're most excited about seeing this year.

Mike Warburton

Last updated: 29th Jun 2016.
Originally published: 7th Jun 2016

Image: EDC UK

The North American electronic music festival returns to Milton Keynes Bowl this year on Saturday 9th July, bringing with it blockbuster acts and an incredible set up.

After it's début in Las Vegas last June, the Crystal Village Stage will come to the U.K and will be the centre piece of the festival. Standing a massive 30 metres tall by 70 metres wide, The Crystal Village houses cascading waterfalls, a fog-breathing dragon, two statuesque owls and the central crystal-like owl figurine. There'll also be some world class DJs too, so here's our top five. 

Avicii

The Swedish DJ will top the bill on the impressive Crystal Village Stage and will bring with him some gargantuan big room house anthems. The folky vibe of 'Wake Me Up' sounds like Mumford & Sons with a banging donk, revving the feel-good factor up to 11.

It's a similar story on 'Hey Brother' too and with those in his locker there's little chance of Avicii being swallowed up by his surroundings - check out his set above for proof. With a planned retirement due soon too, this could be the last chance to witness the icon in action for some time.

Duke Dumont 

Duke Dumont began remixing pop songs by the likes of Lily Allen and Mystery Jets before retiring to the Hertforshire countryside to pen his first smash hit 'Need U (100%)', which topped the UK charts in 2013. Less than a year later he'd had his second number one in 'I Got U' which with it's vivid accompanying video, is an undeniable summer anthem. His ear for a hit is matched by his selections as a DJ - check out his set of house classics for Radio 1 above. 

Ferry Corsten presents Gouryella

Formerly Ferry Corsten and Tiesto's trance project, Gouryella was an outfit that released titanic records around the dawn of the new century, very much defining a sound that had the world at its feet. After Tiesto's departure in 2000 Corsten took complete control leaving a series of classic anthems in his wake (listen to new track 'Anahera' above).

The return of the Gouryella project, now a fully formed live act is a huge deal for the trance scene, with Corsten keeping the attitude of the original trance explosion whilst re-imagining it for the current climate. Expect a cascade of euphoric moments from one of trance music's very best.

Noisia

Dutch drum&bass trio Noisia might just be the most technically gifted producers the scene has ever known - when not writing incendiary, breakneck d&b anthems they can be found writing original compositions for both film and video games. But it's the sheer ferocity of what they do as DJs that blows us away the most, with sets that are complex, dramatic and utterly compelling. Just a few seconds of their Rampage set above will give you an idea of why they're such a formidable force.

Eric Prydz

Proof that just doing your own thing as a musician can pay dividends, Prydz has been one of the world's biggest and most singular DJs since 'Call On Me' and it's salacious music video arrived and owned the tail end of 2004.

Seemingly unable to create a bad record, he's developed a monumental following in his career, not least through the power of his live appearances. The outstanding production values with his distinctively melodic but hefty take on house music is oft imitated but never equalled. Expect to see a true master at work.

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More like this? Read Electric Daisy Carnival UK 2015 Review.

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