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60 Memorable EDM Photos of 2012 

2012 was the year that electronic dance music blew up -- at least in the eyes of the mainstream media and the Grammys. Still though, it was undoubtedly a good year for the genre, from the dubstep purveyors to the beat scene to the underground. Here's a look back at EDM parties large and small -- and the people who fill the dancefloor -- from coast to coast this year.
Timothy Norris
HARD Fest celebrated Day Of The Dead on Saturday, November 3 with 35,000 of its closest friends for a sold out extravaganza at Los Angeles State Historic Park with performances from Justice, Major Lazer, Jack beats, Knife Party, Dillion Frances, Zeds Dead and more. See more photos of HARD Fest: Day of the Dead.
Nate "Igor" Smith
Porn and Chicken, Chicago's crazy Dubstep party, came to the Studio at Webster Hall on Saturday, September 8. See more photos from Porn and Chicken in New York.
Ian Witlen
A scene from Ultra Music Festival in Miami in March. More Ultra Music Festival photos.
Aaron Thackeray
Colorado's largest indoor dance festival, Skylab, came to the Denver Coliseum once more on September 22. See more Skylab 2012 photos.
Julian Bajsel
Kaskade's Freaks of Nature Tour came to Houston in July.
Aaron Thackeray
Colorado's largest indoor dance festival, Skylab, came to the Denver Coliseum once more on September 22. See more Skylab 2012 photos.
Timothy Norris
HARD Fest celebrated Day Of The Dead on Saturday, November 3 with 35,000 of its closest friends for a sold out extravaganza at Los Angeles State Historic Park with performances from Justice, Major Lazer, Jack beats, Knife Party, Dillion Frances, Zeds Dead and more. See more photos of HARD Fest: Day of the Dead.
Ian Witlen
A scene from Ultra Music Festival in Miami in March. More Ultra Music Festival photos.
Ian Witlen
A scene from Ultra Music Festival in Miami in March. More Ultra Music Festival photos.
Nate "Igor" Smith
On Friday, February 3, DJ A-Trak and Spank Rock joined Dubstep's most famous haircut for a concert at Roseland Ballroom in New York. See more photos of Skrillex and A-Trak at Roseland Ballroom.
Ian Witlen
A scene from Ultra Music Festival in Miami in March. More Ultra Music Festival photos.
Travis Rix
Shot on Night 1 of the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival in November.
Marco Torres
Something Wicked Festival, an eight-hour dance extravaganza in the field next to the Sam Houston Race Park, went down in October in Houston. See more Something Wicked Music Fest photos.
Todd Owyoung
Steve Aoki in St. Louis in February. See more: Champagne, Cranberry Juice and Sweat Accompany Steve Aoki at the Pageant.
Anna Gulbrandsen
Summer Set Music & Camping Festival combined jam bands, hip hop artists, dubstep and electronic acts, as well as reggae and indie music -- all just outside the Twin Cities in Somerset, Wisconsin in August. See more Summer Set 2012 photos.
Julian Bajsel
Kaskade's Freaks of Nature Tour came to Houston in July.
Marco Torres
Something Wicked Festival, an eight-hour dance extravaganza in the field next to the Sam Houston Race Park, went down in October in Houston. See more Something Wicked Music Fest photos.
Timothy Norris
HARD Fest celebrated Day Of The Dead on Saturday, November 3 with 35,000 of its closest friends for a sold out extravaganza at Los Angeles State Historic Park with performances from Justice, Major Lazer, Jack beats, Knife Party, Dillion Frances, Zeds Dead and more. See more photos of HARD Fest: Day of the Dead.
Anna Gulbrandsen
Whether it was for one night of dance music or all three, dubstep, electro house, & even trance fans had reason to make their way downtown to Global Dance Festival in July in Minneapolis.
Laura June Kirsch
Christopher Victorio
A scene from Bassnectar's show in October in San Francisco. Get more Bassnectar: Bassnectar in San Francisco and Bass Instincts: How Bassnectar Came to Rule American Dance Music.
On May 19, The Electric Daisy Carnival's fluorescent takeover of MetLife Stadium was in full effect. See more photos from Electric Daisy Carnival in New York.
Marco Torres
Something Wicked Festival, an eight-hour dance extravaganza in the field next to the Sam Houston Race Park, went down in October in Houston. See more Something Wicked Music Fest photos.
Timothy Norris
HARD Fest celebrated Day Of The Dead on Saturday, November 3 with 35,000 of its closest friends for a sold out extravaganza at Los Angeles State Historic Park with performances from Justice, Major Lazer, Jack beats, Knife Party, Dillion Frances, Zeds Dead and more. See more photos of HARD Fest: Day of the Dead.
Christopher Victorio
A scene from Bassnectar's show in October in San Francisco. Get more Bassnectar: Bassnectar in San Francisco and Bass Instincts: How Bassnectar Came to Rule American Dance Music.
On May 19, The Electric Daisy Carnival's fluorescent takeover of MetLife Stadium was in full effect. See more photos from Electric Daisy Carnival in New York.
Benjamin Leatherman
A eight-hour all-you-can-eat beat buffet was served up to a sea of rave fanatics, club kids, and EDM aficionados during the Identity Festival in Phoenix in August. See more photos from Identity Fest in Phoenix.
Timothy Norris
HARD Fest celebrated Day Of The Dead on Saturday, November 3 with 35,000 of its closest friends for a sold out extravaganza at Los Angeles State Historic Park with performances from Justice, Major Lazer, Jack beats, Knife Party, Dillion Frances, Zeds Dead and more. See more photos of HARD Fest: Day of the Dead.
Nate "Igor" Smith
Porn and Chicken, Chicago's crazy Dubstep party, came to the Studio at Webster Hall on Saturday, September 8. See more photos from Porn and Chicken in New York.
Anna Gulbrandsen
Summer Set Music & Camping Festival combined jam bands, hip hop artists, dubstep and electronic acts, as well as reggae and indie music -- all just outside the Twin Cities in Somerset, Wisconsin in August. See more Summer Set 2012 photos.
Benjamin Leatherman
A eight-hour all-you-can-eat beat buffet was served up to a sea of rave fanatics, club kids, and EDM aficionados during the Identity Festival in Phoenix in August. See more photos from Identity Fest in Phoenix.
Christopher Victorio
A scene from Bassnectar's show in October in San Francisco. Get more Bassnectar: Bassnectar in San Francisco and Bass Instincts: How Bassnectar Came to Rule American Dance Music.
Anna Gulbrandsen
Shot at the Bassgasm party at First Avenue in Minneapolis in September.
On May 19, The Electric Daisy Carnival's fluorescent takeover of MetLife Stadium was in full effect. See more photos from Electric Daisy Carnival in New York.
Benjamin Leatherman
A eight-hour all-you-can-eat beat buffet was served up to a sea of rave fanatics, club kids, and EDM aficionados during the Identity Festival in Phoenix in August. See more photos from Identity Fest in Phoenix.
Benjamin Leatherman
A eight-hour all-you-can-eat beat buffet was served up to a sea of rave fanatics, club kids, and EDM aficionados during the Identity Festival in Phoenix in August. See more photos from Identity Fest in Phoenix.
Todd Owyoung
Steve Aoki in St. Louis in February. See more: Champagne, Cranberry Juice and Sweat Accompany Steve Aoki at the Pageant.
Anna Gulbrandsen
Shot at the Bassgasm party at First Avenue in Minneapolis in September.
Britt Chester
Boulder, Colorado-based electronica duo Big Gigantic played Red Rocks on September 29, 2012. "This is the first headlining show for Big Gigantic at Red Rocks. This is sold out. The light show is unprecedented. There are so many firsts tonight, but all they want in this moment is to get rowdy..."
Timothy Norris
HARD Fest celebrated Day Of The Dead on Saturday, November 3 with 35,000 of its closest friends for a sold out extravaganza at Los Angeles State Historic Park with performances from Justice, Major Lazer, Jack beats, Knife Party, Dillion Frances, Zeds Dead and more. See more photos of HARD Fest: Day of the Dead.
Benjamin Leatherman
A eight-hour all-you-can-eat beat buffet was served up to a sea of rave fanatics, club kids, and EDM aficionados during the Identity Festival in Phoenix in August. See more photos from Identity Fest in Phoenix.
Nate "Igor" Smith
On Friday, February 3, DJ A-Trak and Spank Rock joined Dubstep's most famous haircut for a concert at Roseland Ballroom in New York. See more photos of Skrillex and A-Trak at Roseland Ballroom.
Nate "Igor" Smith
On Friday, February 3, DJ A-Trak and Spank Rock joined Dubstep's most famous haircut for a concert at Roseland Ballroom in New York. See more photos of Skrillex and A-Trak at Roseland Ballroom.
Nate "Igor" Smith
On Friday, February 3, DJ A-Trak and Spank Rock joined Dubstep's most famous haircut for a concert at Roseland Ballroom in New York. See more photos of Skrillex and A-Trak at Roseland Ballroom.
Christopher Victorio
A scene from Bassnectar's show in October in San Francisco. Get more Bassnectar: Bassnectar in San Francisco and Bass Instincts: How Bassnectar Came to Rule American Dance Music.
Christopher Victorio
A scene from Bassnectar's show in October in San Francisco. Get more Bassnectar: Bassnectar in San Francisco and Bass Instincts: How Bassnectar Came to Rule American Dance Music.
Marco Torres
Something Wicked Festival, an eight-hour dance extravaganza in the field next to the Sam Houston Race Park, went down in October in Houston. See more Something Wicked Music Fest photos.
Todd Owyoung
Todd Owyoung
Nate "Igor" Smith
On Friday, February 3, DJ A-Trak and Spank Rock joined Dubstep's most famous haircut for a concert at Roseland Ballroom in New York. See more photos of Skrillex and A-Trak at Roseland Ballroom.
Anna Gulbrandsen
Shot at the Bassgasm party at First Avenue in Minneapolis in September.
Ian Witlen
A scene from Ultra Music Festival in Miami in March. More Ultra Music Festival photos.
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Timothy Norris
HARD Fest celebrated Day Of The Dead on Saturday, November 3 with 35,000 of its closest friends for a sold out extravaganza at Los Angeles State Historic Park with performances from Justice, Major Lazer, Jack beats, Knife Party, Dillion Frances, Zeds Dead and more. See more photos of HARD Fest: Day of the Dead.
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