Bask in the Glory of EDC Vegas
I don’t really know where to begin to describe Electric Daisy Carnival Vegas. It’s the ultimate playground; basically a modern day pinball machine mixed with neon labyrinth-style fun house, just passed Rainbow River in an intense game of Candy Land. It’s like you’re on set in the coolest movie ever made, portal included, Last Action Hero style. Everyone is dressed in character and plays a role in your experience.
If you were lucky enough, you got to spend all three days exploring the Vegas Motor Speed way. The firework show every night made your heart smile and put a child-like twinkle in your eyes. It was breathtaking art in the sky better than the Olympics, more coordinated than 4th of July, and spread across a larger area than a New Year’s Eve displays.
I’m still in awe with the memories from June 17, 18, and 19. It’s like Pasquale Rotella went to every electronic event and said, “I like this, I want this, I have to have this…” and incorporated every fabulous factor into his own personalized creation. 400,000 people, YES, that’s 400,000 people played in what is really the happiest place on earth.
The stages were GIGANTUOUS!!!! Holy shit, they were on another level. Clearly, no expense was spared in the design and creation of the stages. They were so detailed it was hard to imagine they were real and actually in front of you. The performers were a French-style cuisine, hand-kiss to the sky kind of perfection. The amusement rides were around every bend, decked out in carnival lights and sounds of laughter as people spun, twirled, circled, and plunged through the night. The ambiance was enthralling.
Jägermeister & Smirnoff had houses on site featuring surprise sets and art installations. I happened to pop into Smirnoff House at the perfect time for a mini Holy Ship reunion and secret JAUZ set. He turned up for the packed room with Chris Lorenzo-ie type bass house and transitioned into some serious dubstep. The UPSIDEDOWNHOUSE was crazy fun as Armand van Helden played some of my favorite old school tracks, like the original version of “Show Me Love.” A-Trak brought the dirty with a much anticipated twist on “Fade” by Kanye West.
Saturday’s BASSPOD got some interesting action as one of the props caught fire!! At first, we thought it was some sort of Burning Man fire-art installation. Though, when fans had to be evacuated from the area I started thinking, omg this shit could explode, we need to abort asap! I wasn’t sure if my ride-or-die, Mike Jones, was more scared of the fire or of the carnival rides, ha!
Anna Lunoe and Alison Wonderland rocked KENETIC FIELD. The two aussies were the first to play this stage as solo female artists at EDC Vegas. Trend setters!
Armin van Buuren, Above & Beyond, and Tiesto commanded the massive crowd at CIRCUIT GROUNDS. Above & Beyond brought a fans grandparents on stage to press the button; moments like these keep the music alive and personal!
George Maple graced the stage during What So Not and DJ Snake’s sets with her beautiful voice and ensemble.
Always a concern of mine: the bathroom scene. Thank you Insomniac for providing convenient and sanitary port-a-potty locations. I need to throw in a thank you for the immaculate shuttle service and for the healthy food options on site. Water refill stations were located throughout the race track and I appreciated the Ground Control’s efforts to ensure every headliners safety.
One thing I need to recognize is Insomniac’s efforts to provide drug awareness and education in different locations of the event. Signs were posted recognizing common drugs used during festivals and the effects they can have on users.
EDC Las Vegas is truly made for headliners like me and you. It was no doubt, a privilege to be a part of the 20th Anniversary of Electric Daisy Carnival Vegas 2016. Three days was not enough and I already can’t wait for EDC Orlando!!
Tags A-TrakAbove & BeyondAlison WonderlandAnna LunoeArmand van HeldenArmin Van BuurenDJ SnakeEDCEDC 2016Electric Daisy CarnivalGeorge MapleInsomniacJagermeisterMike JonesPasquale RotellaSmirnofftiestoVegasWhat So Not