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5/24/13 Joliet-Style Eye performs Kinetic Field during Electric Daisy Carnival ChicagolSpeedway. StaciTimonere/for Sun TImes Media

5/24/13 Joliet-Style of Eye performs on Kinetic Field during the Electric Daisy Carnival at Chicagoland Speedway. Stacia Timonere/for Sun TImes Media

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◆ 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

◆ Chicagoland Speedway Joliet, 500 Speedway Blvd., Joliet

◆ Tickets, $175, 3-day pass (18 and older)


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Updated: June 26, 2013 6:13AM

There is no ego to electronic dance music, just the bass, the drums, the beats and the crowd’s bated breath for the next big burst.

The thousands that began to trickle into Electric Daisy Carnival on Friday came ready to party for 10 hours, some barely looking up to see the DJ on stage. They were there to dance at the Chicago area’s largest outdoor rave featuring 53 acts on five stages. And while you were sleeping, they were listening to pounding beats until 4 a.m.

This isn’t your typical music festival. It is indeed, a carnival, full of promoter-hired scantily-clad costumed ladies, stilt-walking marionettes and a giant white mechanical worm swarming around the hyper crowd. Revelers rode amusement rides — The Mega Drop and a large swing — before rushing out to stages to jump up and down.

Everything is intended to wake you up, the music, the in your face LED displays, the cold drinks. Beer vendors stood less than 50 feet from the main entrance for concertgoers to load up early.

Most performers were men, although Friday’s set included Rebecca & Fiona, a Swedish DJ duo, and Anna Lunoe, an Australian DJ, playing head to head.

The big names come out late, very late. French house music producer David Guetta, whose big name guest vocalists have made him very radio-friendly, started his set at midnight.

The two more popular stages were worlds apart, but within the confines of the speedway. A smaller stage called wideawake ARTCAR drew a tiny crowd to its lavish gold stage as local house DJs spinned.

If you’re trying to predict summer fashions at one of the area’s earliest festivals, you won’t be able to sum up the crowd. Festival goers wore everything from neon visors, to tutus to furry rainbow-colored boots. Men and women wore sweatbands, fairy wings and tiny shorts. Some men came shirtless or wearing large print t-shirts with suggestive slogans.

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