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Electric Daisy Carnival: David Guetta, Kaskade, Run DMT, Ed Rush & Optical, UZ, Nadastrom, and others 

When: Fri., May 24, 5 p.m. 2013
Price: $175 three-day pass, $295 three-day pass plus camping
The Electric Daisy Carnival has its roots in the 90s underground rave scene in southern California, but since the 2008 edition—which by the estimate of its promoter, Insomnia, brought out 65,000 attendees, or twice the expected number—it’s become the preeminent name-brand festival in stateside EDM culture. Every year it expands into new cities, and this year is its inaugural Chicago edition. True to the Electric Daisy Carnival’s reputation as a mecca for spray-tanned cornballs, the bill features a busload of the world’s most mainstream-famous superstar DJs, including Tiesto, David Guetta, Avicii, and Kaskade. But lower on the bill the organizers have booked a number of acts that will appeal to the discerning dance-music fan, among them the psychedelically slanted Run DMT, legendary drum ’n’ bass DJs Ed Rush & Optical, modern house visionary L-Vis 1990, trap-music phenomenon UZ, Chicago juke godfather DJ Gant-Man, and D.C.-born, LA-based DJ-and-production duo Nadastrom, who laid much of the groundwork for the moombahton sound that’s begun creeping up from the underground toward the pop charts. —Miles Raymer

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