Best City-Backed Rave - 2010
Electric Daisy Carnival
Just one week after California-based party promotion company Insomniac made its Electric Daisy Carnival debut in Texas with a well-attended (some 11,000 purchased tickets), gorgeously presented (the art installations around the fest's Fair Park offering were enough to make even the drug-free trip out), city of Dallas-backed offering, all hell broke out at the fest's Southern California version, which has a 17-year history. More than 200 left the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum-hosted festival injured and more than 100 concertgoers were taken to the hospital. Thankfully, that wasn't the case in the Dallas edition, which instead felt more like a free-love hipster affair soundtracked to electronica than anything else. To their credit, the folks at Insomniac have already hired a consulting agency to make sure that instances like that one never happen again, so here's hoping the California crises don't make Dallas officials balk at the thought of bringing this party back to town. Because make no mistake, it was a party—one of the most memorable ones of the year. And when you can enjoy a rave like this—and without taking drugs, like we did—it must be a good time.