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There's a very real threat of falling ill to the Benny Benassi, Zedd, and Kaskade acts at any electronic-dance-music festival. They are the definition EDM and are surefire good times. But, they also tend to tread the fine line of monotony. Sure, Kaskade's sets feature more ethereal vocals, while Benny Benassi's are hyper-sexualized, but, for the most part, both will take you on the same journey.
The beauty of Electric Daisy Carnival is the sheer variety of electronic genres featured on the lineup. Unfortunately, the playing field is predominantly male-centric, but, if we give it a year or so, females like Empress Of will likely join the ranks of the following can't-miss acts. These are the performers who challenge what EDM means. They break the formula and refresh a genre that's too often associated with pounding headaches. Save the fist-pumping for the amateurs. These are sets all the cool kids will be getting down to.