In terms of all the electronic music festivals happening around the world, Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas is incomparable.
Happening at the end of June and drawing over 300,000 people in three days, this festival is unlike any other in the world. Rival to Miami’s Ultra and Belgium’s Tomorrowland, EDC Las Vegas offers perfect stage production, music and art installations that work together to create the most emotionally, physically and mentally stimulating event any electronic music fan would appreciate.
EDC takes place ‘under the electric sky’ at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which is about a 30-minute drive from the infamous Vegas Strip. Six different stages are spread across the immense festival crowds while art installations, carnival rides, and heavily costumed ravers fill the remaining space. Drifting from one stage to the next you’ll discover installations reminiscent of Burning Man and performers such as clowns and men on stilts winding their way through the thousands of fans. Each of the six stages is produced with their own themes and offer different experiences based on the artists performing.
Six Stages for Six Slightly Different Experiences
Kinetic is the main stage and in past years has hosted DJs such as Tiesto, Avicii, Tommy Trash and Calvin Harris. This stage even featured those strange little blue dudes from Blue Man Group who preformed with Steve Aoki in 2012. Various big name labels and artist groups have also hosted the different stages throughout the years. Dim Mak, Steve Angello’s Size Records, RAM Records, Carl Cox and Friends as well as the legendary A State of Trance hosted by Armin Van Buuren. There are close to two hundred artists spanning the three days with each genre being represented.
From hardstyle to drum and bass, big-room house to dark sounds of psytrance – regardless of your music preference it’s impossible to be disappointed.
Insomniac is the company behind Electric Daisy Carnival. Responsible for the multiple EDC events across America, as well as the recently launched EDC London in the UK, Insomniac also hosts Beyond Wonderland and Nocturnal Wonderland in Southern California. There is no production and event company in the electronic music world that compares to Insomniac with the founder Pasquale Rotella having a fan following of his own. This man is the boss in the EDM scene and he’s even married to one of the hottest Playboy Bunnies in the world Holly Madison.
PEACE, LOVE, UNITY, RESPECT and the EDC Culture
Year after year thousands of ravers, artists and celebrities flock to the Vegas Motor Speedway to take part in this event. EDC is also praised for its positive vibes. You can hear the PLUR (Peace, Love, Unity, Respect) mantra being said amongst the crowd as attendees trade Kandi bracelets. While the event’s energy may be supremely positive, EDC like many EDM festivals is burdened with the stigma of young ravers and the reputation surrounding them.
Like other events, the crowd is a mixture of young and old attendees with some there for the music and others looking to party. What differentiates EDC though is the way the crowd, young or old, gets into the atmosphere of the event. Girls with custom-made bras and tutus wear intricate costumes that can be seen across the grounds from the moment you begin to descend the stands down to the speedway. While dressing up and raving is a blast, some are there for the music and fun but are also looking for a much more mellow experience. And the VIP area is for just that.
Is spending extra for VIP really worth it?
With elevated seating, express entrance, bars and plenty of space (as well as an increased price tag) this is where you generally find the older crowd. The added bonus is that you can also dine by the Kinetic stage from the VIP area.
Being served a three-course prix fixe while Tiesto is throwing down behind you? Hell yeah.
This is also a major incentive since the general area food options are practically the same as at a baseball game. So if hot dogs and tech house isn’t your thing then opt for VIP tickets. Or if you want to save a few hundred dollars, eat before you go. EDC is a fully licensed event with an 18+ age limit, so there are some booze vendors available throughout the event for those looking to grab a buzz. And since getting into the venue can be a bit of a headache, after the 30-minute drive and the hour-long wait in line, a beer isn’t so much an option as it is a necessity.
Tickets, Accommodations, Transportation and a Helicopter?
Minus the ticket prices ($400 for GA and $600 for VIP), attending the festival and enjoying Vegas isn’t too pricey. Thanks to the beautifully declining economy of Las Vegas, getting a hotel and flight is surprisingly affordable. The tickets to EDC all include shuttle bus passes, making stops at all the major hotels on the Las Vegas Strip with the drive taking about 30-45 minutes.
Parking is available at the Speedway and more than half of the attendees drive, though I would much rather experience a root canal than try to get out of the parking lot with thousands of others at six in the morning, so it’s definitely recommended to take the bus.
If you’re looking to fly like the real Las Vegas ballers and VIP guests then there is also the option of taking a private helicopter to and from the event for $5,000 (round trip), but in reality that option is often only used by artists like Afrojack and their porn star girlfriends.
Anyone looking to experience a real electronic music festival needs to attend EDC Vegas. The vibe, people, costumes, rides, performers and art installations all make for the most unforgettable experience you will ever have. Plus, the fact that it happens in Vegas of all places is the final selling point. Sin, gamble, drink, and rave – everything that makes up Electric Daisy Carnival. It's never too early to start planning so share this guide with your friends who'll be joining you in Las Vegas.