The 16th Annual Electric Daisy Carnival was held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this past weekend. A few years prior, the event was held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Insomniac, the event’s producer, sought a new location after the L.A. event’s positive vibes were overshadowed by issues including a teen drug overdose and the lawsuit that followed.
The Las Vegas weekend was filled with highs and lows. Insomniac was forced to shut down the show on Saturday just before 1am due to high winds that putt fans at risk.
“Fan safety is Insomniac’s highest priority. We cannot control Mother Nature and we are taking every precaution while high winds continue, and have cleared the stage areas temporarily as a preventative measure,” said Pasquale Rotella, founder and CEO of Insomniac.
That didn’t stop fans from gathering Sunday for an epic final night, which raged on till nearly 5:30am Monday morning.
THE BEST OF EDC
GIRLS IN PASTIES
Who doesn’t love seeing girls dressed in close to nothing? Not only was there an overabundance of gorgeous women at EDC, but many of them were dressed, shall we say, minimally.
No complaints here though, especially when there’s a pair of breasts (covered only by small pasties) bouncing right next to you while you’re lose your mind during Armin van Buuren’s set.
This event brought together the who’s who of electronic music, although many of Saturday’s major players were forced to cancel their sets when EDC shut down due to high winds that threatened to topple the Ferris Wheel and stage truss.
Some of the big headliners from the weekend included Kaskade, Afrojack, AVICII, Calvin Harris, David Guetta and Armin van Buuren. It was impossible to walk around the venue (complete with 6 stages) and NOT find something you liked. Insomniac brought together a collection of DJs from around the world. Every aspect of electronic dance music was covered.
There was also plenty of other things to keep you occupied at EDC. Huge metal fire-breathing creatures, Ferris wheels and spinning rides were sprinkled throughout the venue.
Brightly colored, extremely interactive entertainers wandered through the crowd. Whether they were dancers, marching band, or creepy guys on stilts, they drew plenty of attention to themselves with incredibly detailed neon outfits. There was even a golf cart cruising around with a robot attached to the top.
KROQ MUSIC INFUSED INTO MAJOR SETS
It was nice being at a dance music party and hearing some familiar rock tunes. Bassnectar dropped an inspiring remix of Pennywise’s “Bro Hymn” and Armin van Buuren spun a remix of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know.”
STAGING AND PRODUCTION
EDC emphasizes the fact that it’s more than just a show – it’s an experience – and they’re spot on. While wandering the venue, you couldn’t help but get caught up in the different displays, lighting, stage setup and crazy lasers coming from the stages. Money, energy and thought went into creating the atmosphere for the show, and it definitely showed.
One of the best parts about attending EDC is that many people dress up wildly for the event. The entertainers aren’t the only ones suited up and looking good.
An Asian Fonzworth Bentley (complete with umbrella), banana suits rocking out at Dada Life, a guy in a full-body mirror suit, and several “superheroes” were just a few that were seen throughout the weekend.
THE WORST OF EDC
The early closure of EDC on Saturday night left many people disappointed. While most understood the conditions weren’t safe to continue, it didn’t make anyone feel better to have it end early.
Thankfully, some of the major sets like AVICII and Armin van Buuren (who were scheduled to perform late Saturday night) squeezed in 30 minute sets on Sunday.
One of the biggest disappointments about Electric Daisy Carnival was the transportation. If you didn’t score a shuttle pass or plan on driving, you were stuck taking a $100/2.5 hour cab ride to and from the venue. As people were leaving late Saturday night, the line for a cab was at least 1,000 people deep.
The only people who made it to the venue in reasonable times were top class DJs, their management, and high-profile VIP, and that’s because they flew in via helicopter. It felt like by the end of the weekend things were moving better, but by that point it was too late.
Staff Pro has and will always be a joke. These people are supposed to be there to direct and help you, but neither of those things happened. After asking 5 different people where the media building was and getting either a blank stare or a should shrug in response, I finally gave up. This was a reoccurring issue throughout the weekend.
Just to be clear – this isn’t the production staff. They did a great job putting this event on.
GIRLS WALKING BAREFOOT
STOP TAKING YOUR SHOES OFF AND WALKING BAREFOOT.
If your shoes hurt your feet, maybe you should think about wearing something different. It’s nasty watching you stroll around with your shoes in hand while your feet soak up all the grossness on the ground in Vegas.
“But they look cute!”
You know what’s not cute? You walking around barefoot.
It felt like the early days of Coachella. You’d think by now major festivals would have cell towers brought in to boost signal strength… but no. Want to meet up with your friends? Better have a time and place planned out before you get there, because you’ll end up with a bunch of text messages like the one above.
Overall, the Electric Daisy Carnival was a great experience, minus the wind and early closure on Saturday night. Both Friday and Sunday nights were absolutely insane. As a first-time EDC attendee, I can definitely say it was an awesome time and experienced something unlike I ever had before. It will be interesting to see how EDC will continue to grow and expand in the next few years.
-Cody Black, KROQ-FM, Los Angeles