EDC Mexico 2023 returned to Mexico City last weekend – Friday, February 24 through Sunday, February 26 – for a 3-day extravaganza.
This year’s unforgettable Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), in the heart of Mexico City, brought top-tier talent from across the globe. Across six stages and various art cars – including kineticFIELD, circuitGROUNDS, wasteLAND, neonGARDEN, and more – were hundreds of biggest electronic artists in the world, as well as a slow of local talent.
Never missing a beat on their extraordinary production, EDC Mexico was brought to you by esteemed organizers Insomniac Events, as well as Ocesa. From the pyrotechnics to the stage designs, the organization of this year’s event was supremely precise. What’s better than thousands of likeminded night owls gathering together Under the Electric Sky?
Two major event highlights from EDC Mexico 2023 for us were Tiësto at kineticFIELD and Above & Beyond at circuitGROUNDS – both stages were hosted by Dos Equis. Having a look back at each of these sets by two of electronic music’s most prominent names, each of whom have been dominating the scene for over two decades each, respectively. When it comes to Tiësto, he’s a label boss for his Musical Freedom imprint, an Atlantic Records and Spinnin’ Records mainstay, as well as globally renowned for his Club Life radio show. Above & Beyond are trance music’s titan trio, who have been setting (and continuously raising) the bar since the early days of their debut Tri-State LP and OceanLab project along with Justine Suissa.
Tiësto took to the kineticFIELD on Saturday, February 25 for a nearly 1.5-hour ensemble. From the intense lighting, water displays, dancers, firework shows, and extreme pyrotechnics, the kineticFIELD was truly an explosion of vibrancy during Tiësto’s mains stage showcase. Just in time for the release of his forthcoming album, Drive, which will be released through Musical Freedom/Atlantic Records in April, the dance music mainstay completely dominated the festival grounds. From the very beginning of his set, he had the crowd Headliners on their toes, hands-in-the-air, and when they could, singing along in unison.
Kicking things off with his GRAMMY-nominated monster hit “The Business,” it was all uphill from there. Tijs proceeded with some of his own favorites, such as “Baila Conmigo,” his 2023 release “Lay Low,” his remix of Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars,” as well as his own hits “Wasted,” “Red Lights,” “BOOM,” “WOW,” and festival favorite “Secrets” ft. VASSY. It was just then that Tiësto took the crowd back in time as he gave some of his true classics a chance to shine. The list went a little something like this: “Lethal Industry,” “Love Comes Again” ft. BT, his cherished remix of Delerium ft. Sarah McLachlan “Silence,” “Traffic,” “Age Of Love,” and, of course, “Adagio For Strings,” among others.
Another set highlight was Above & Beyond, who played the circuitGROUNDS stage on Sunday, February 26. As the founders of the Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep labels, the trio, consisting of Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness, and Paavo Siljamäki, are one of the biggest and most adorned names in dance music. Above & Beyond are also responsible for their Group Therapy radio show (and milestone live celebratory shows), which was previously Trance Around the World.
Their showcase at the LED-heavy circuitGROUNDS included a generous mixture of their classic tunes, newer releases, remixes, collaborations, and their world-famous club mixes. If you caught A&B’s set, you would have been serenaded by the sounds of some of their well-known (and even GRAMMY Award-nominated) tunes, including “Northern Soul” ft. Richard Bedford, “We’re All We Need” ft. Zoe Johnston, “See The End” with Seven Lions ft. Opposite The Other, and an iconic push-the-button moment for their spine-chilling “Sun & Moon” ft. Richard Bedford.
Those who couldn’t attend the event were fortunate enough to view a YouTube live stream on the Insomniac Events channel. The EDC Mexico 2023 live stream ran all weekend long and even offered four different stages as well as a curated channel.
Photos courtesy of EDC Mexico/Insomniac Events Facebook
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