The best beats will be at Electric Daisy Carnival’s NeonGarden all weekend, and tonight is probably the best night to go over to Met Life Stadium, as the acts appear rock solid for today, despite the fact that our beloved Danny Tenaglia will grace the stage, headlining on Saturday evening.
Check out the NeonGarden roster:
Friday, May 18th
Paige: 4:30 — 5:15 PM
Sleepy & Boo: 5:15 — 6:05 PM
Oscar G: 6:05 — 7:00 PM
Chriss Vargas: 7:00 — 8:00 PM
Cevin Fisher: 8:00 — 9:00 PM
Chus & Caballos: 9:00 — 10:00 PM
Boris: 10:00 — 11:00 PM
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Saturday, May 19th
tINI: 12:00 — 1:00 PM
Nicole Maudaber: 1:00 PM — 2:00 PM
Layo & Bushwacka: 2:00 PM — 3:00 PM
Cassy: 3:00 — 4:00 PM
Art Department: 4:00 — 5:00 PM
Seth Troxler: 5:00 — 6:00 PM
John Digweed: 6:00 — 7:30 PM
Carl Cox: 7:30 — 9:30 PM
Danny Tenaglia: 9:30 — 11:00 PM
Sunday, May 20th
Ambivalent: 12:00 — 1:30 PM
VisionQuest: 1:30 — 3:00 PM
Magda: 3:00 — 4:30 PM
Hot Natured: 4:30 — 5:30 PM
Victor Calderone: 5:30 — 6:45 PM
Dubfire: 6:45 — 8:10 PM
Loco Dice: 8:10 — 9:35 PM
Richie Hawtin: 9:35 — 11:00 PM
Very nice Friday lineup. Very NY friendly Friday lineup, as one would expect of a party hosted by Pacha. Good for local act Sleepy & Boo, pulling a whole 50 minutes today. We always liked them but never loved them. That’s why they are stuck toiling at the Sullivan Room. A little too light when it comes to hard beats, but never offensive. We have seen them many times. They do okay. If you find their podcasts tough, you aren’t the only one. Sounds very light outside the club. We would hate to call such light house “NY house” and yet, we have to admit it probably is. We have done worse and really, they are nothing to pout about. But if you are only going out the once in a blue moon, take a pass on S & B. They are the kind of duo that you’d catch when you are on a bender and find yourself out inordinately early on a Saturday night. But they do play Cielo and Sullivan Room, and perhaps the mighty Pacha has warmed up to them since they are on Pacha’s card. Frankly, we have heard better unknowns in Pachita, but we aren’t the average fan.
Oscar G, one half of Murk, is one of Miami’s finest. We like him better than Chriss Vargas and Cevin Fisher, but they are playing those more local acts deeper in the night. Incidentally, we hear Oscar G’s party on Wednesday’s in South Beach, called Copiscala, gets very hot. Frankly, he is one of the Danny clones who plays it close to the vest, and doesn’t go toward trance. Good for him. We have paid real money to see him. We can only say that about a few acts on the dais.
The best talent tonight is obviously Boris, and obviously the man practically made by Pacha is going to close. Boris is a fine talent but we prefer others. What can we say? We weren’t born yesterday. We really like Chus & Caballos live, and we’d rather spend money on them than Boris, if they were competing. Catching them both, and Oscar G on one card means very good value for the crowd in the “garden.”
Despite Danny, we aren’t into Saturday at all. Plus, how is Sirius going to broadcast the whole festival when Danny famously refuses to consent to be played over the airwaves, even pay ones? We like British duo Layo & Bushwacka. We guess being friends with Carl Cox wasn’t enough to get them a good slot. While we can take CC, we don’t pay to hear him. Digweed? Again, we weren’t born yesterday. Danny is guaranteed to play a great set, if you could call 9:30-11:00 that. With all this talent there, he will be on his best form.
Sunday is a horror show. So trancey and weak. Dubfire? Please. The guy’s name is Ali. He is one half of the world’s greediest sellouts, formerly known as Deep Dish. One day he is Ali and the next he is “Dubfire.” What an asshole. I have seen DD plenty of times. They sold out around 2003, began overcharging, playing wack tracks, producing Puff Daddy, spinning his “vinyls”, even spinning them back to fucking back when Puffy entered the club. Where he looked completely like a fish out of water, by the way.
Fuck Puffy. Fuck Deep Dish. Fuck Dubfire. You will hear better house music on local Kingsborough air, 92.3 out of Sheepshead Bay. For us, if you get stuck going to this mess on Sunday, Victor Calderone will save you. That man plays the best style on Sunday’s card. Richie Hawtin is an excellent house dj, a phenomenal musical talent and all, but too housey for us. Keep in mind that politics and pecking order and whatnot are at play with a lot of these slots and times.
And if you are going there to get fucked up, be very careful. New Jersey is a terrible place to be arrested. They prey on crackheads, and their cops are the opposite of NY cops. Their cops are eager beaver gung ho law enforcement douche bag fucks. Just ask my boy who went to Surf Club one day, and ended up doing 9 months of weekend jail near Newark.
Be Smart and Have Fun.