Insomniac’s largest flagship event Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) has expanded rapidly in recent years. With the recent Mexico edition surpassing expectations, and the Las Vegas edition right around the corner, EDC returns to Japan on May 11 and 12. The two-day event located just outside the city of Tokyo will welcome over 30 artists to its world famous stages. The iconic kinetic FIELD will see its return to Tokyo with the brand new kinetic LOVE theme. The renowned neon GARDEN and everyone’s favourite mobile stage, the boombox ARTCAR will also host the impressive bill of acts. With a unique take on the traditional cosmic MEADOW, the creators of Los Angeles’ based HARD summer festival will be hosting the kinetic BEACH stage; centred around bass music and hip hop.
“From the vivid colours of the daytime to the night’s neon dreamscapes, our imaginations come alive and we seek adventure within EDC’s otherworldly domains”.
This year’s edition features a range of local and international artists ranging from up and coming talent to top 100 headliners. Popular acts include Armin van Buuren, Excision, KSHMR, Major Lazer, Skrillex and Tiesto. The lineup also features a range of exclusive back-to-back sets, including Tchami b2b Malaa and Jay Park x Yultron. You can see the full lineup here.
EDC Japan takes place at the Zozo Marine Stadium & Makuhari Beach Park in Tokyo, Japan. You can find the event at１ Mihama, Mihama Ward, Chiba, 261-0022, Japan.
There are two main airports located in Tokyo. Haneda Airport is located 20 minutes South of the city centre; while Narita Airport is located just over an hour east of the city centre. Both airports are located approximately an hour by train, or a 40-50 minute drive to the festival grounds.
Japan’s public transport system offers a range of efficient modes including trains, buses and ferries. The most common method of transport is train. Visitors can purchase a Japan Rail (JR) Pass; a special ticket available exclusively to travellers visiting Japan from abroad. The pass offers unlimited travel on trains operated by the JR group and are available for 7, 14 and 21 days. These passes can only be purchased outside of Japan and must be organised in advance. Visitors can also travel on Tokyo’s other train lines, which run adjacent to the JR lines. Single tickets can be purchased at the stations or a reloadable ‘Pasmo’ card can be used.
Visitors travelling to the festival can arrive by train via the JR lines. From Tokyo Station, the travel time is approximately 30 minutes to Makuhari Station on the JR Keiyo Line; followed by a ten-minute walk to the festival site. From Akihabara Station, travel time is approximately 40 minutes to Makuhari Hongo Station on the JR Sobu Line; followed by a 20 minute Keisei bus to the festival site.
Located just outside of Tokyo, the festival grounds are approximately 30 minutes east of the city centre. A number of accommodation options are available within walking distance of the event. The nearest accommodation is the APA Hotel & Resort at Tokyo Bay Makuhari. Other nearby options include Hotel New Otani Makuhari, Hotel Frances and Hotel The Manhattan. You can explore nearby options below.
Countless accommodation options are also available in the heart of the city. You can find anything from futuristic capsule hotels, to authentic Japanese guesthouses, hotels, Airbnbs and more. It is recommended to stay within the vicinity of Tokyo Station or Akihabara Station, for quick and easy travel to and from the festival.
The Japanese capital features countless attractions and activities for tourists as well as locals. Popular areas throughout the city include Harajuku, a bustling neighbourhood known for its colourful street art and quirky fashion scene; and Roppongi, the lively entertainment district. Visitors also frequently enjoy the artificial island of Odaiba, known for its high-tech entertainment park, as well as beach and seaside amusement park. Popular attractions include the Senso-ji temple, Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo Tower. Many guided tours are available, which pass through the popular districts and stop and the main attractions. If you are looking for a unique tour of the city and a once in a lifetime experience, make sure to check out Japan’s real life Mario Kart experience; where you can drive a real life Mario Kart through the streets of Tokyo, while your instructor gives you a guided tour of the city.
Tokyo is also home to some of the best bars and nightlife hotspots in the country. Whether you want to dance till dawn, get the hole-in-the-wall experience, or make your money go further with all-you-can-drink, there’s a bar for everyone in Japan’s capital.
No trip to Japan is complete without food and Tokyo also features countless dining options and cheap eats. From ramen to sushi, bento boxes and more, you can be sure to find some of the best food in the heart of the city.
This year’s edition of EDC Japan offers a range of impressive names and world-class acts. Here are three sets you cannot miss at EDC Japan 2019.
Armin van Buuren – Undoubtedly the king of trance, Dutch DJ and producer Armin van Buuren has grown to become one of the biggest names in the world. His unique and catchy melodies combined with his energetic performances will have the entire crowd in ‘a state of trance’.
KSHMR – American DJ and producer KSHMR has rapidly risen to fame with his unique sound and style. Inspired by his Indian-Kashmiri roots, the musician perfectly blends elements of the rich culture with a modern electronic twist. His incredibly unique sound is definitely one to watch.
Skrillex – Fresh off an extended hiatus, America’s favourite dubstep king Skrillex is one of many rare names on the EDC Japan 2019 lineup. His unparalleled sounds and infectious energy simply must be experienced; and on the rare occasion that you see Skrillex on a lineup, adding him to the schedule is a no brainer!
The next edition of EDC Japan will take place from May 11-12, 2019.
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