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EDC: Who they missed

Daft Punk
Daft Punk

Disclosure: Insomniac should have had the same foresight that L.A. promoter Goldenvoice relied on when booking the surging dubstep/U.K. garage act for this year’s Coachella, and nabbed it before any European tour plans were cemented. Disclosure’s just-out album, Settle, is already a breakthrough.

Deadmau5: The masked megastar last played EDC in 2010, back in L.A. Rumors hint that a sky-high asking fee — he gets a reported $450,000 a gig — might’ve prevented the increasingly headliner-adverse Insomniac from booking him.

Sound Tribe Sector 9: Jam band promoters have incorporated dance music acts into their festivals, so why can’t the EDM events invite the more dance-oriented improv-electronic acts? We’ll happily welcome STS9 at downtown’s Life is Beautiful in October, but the EDC crowd would have had their minds blown by the exciting quintet and its retina-searing laser display.

Boards of Canada: Does every act at EDC have to be high-energy and/or easily comparmentalized into a subgenre-specific stage? Booking this longtime ambient/minimal electronic duo for the sunrise/comedown crowd would have been a major coup, especially given the recent release of the act’s critically acclaimed Tomorrow’s Harvest.

Daft Punk: Duh.