edc las vegas

Sin City lends its surroundings to the electric sky…

by Christian Lavery

If you want to experience a wild, over the top, epic party, you go to Las Vegas. It’s common sense, really. So when throwing the world’s largest electronic music festival, there’s only one place to make it happen: Sin City.

For the second year in a row, the venue is Las Vegas’s Motor Speedway. Taking course over a three day span and garnering more than 130,000 people each day, EDC houses some of the brightest lights and biggest acts. And for everyone involved, it’s one of the best times.

I hop off the plane, one medium-sixed duffle in hand, and from the moment you enter the slot machine-filled airport you can tell everyone is here for one reason only. The streets, the hotel, even people at the neighboring stores are walking by in their brightly colored ensemble. Clearly, they’re ready to enjoy the forthcoming evenings under the electric sky.

After settling in and grabbing a bite, it’s time. Bud Light Platinum has a full schedule ahead for me that kicks off with a meet and greet with one of the main attractions EDC has to offer: Steve Aoki. Known for his cake throwing and raft riding (his own version of crowd surfing), the Grammy nominated musician welcomes us into his hotel room. There’s some cake on the table oddly enough. However, it’s for eating purposes. Half-joking he offers us some. After kindly declining, Aoki couldn’t be more grateful to hang and chat. And even though he’s coming off an earlier performance, he has his sights set on his show later tonight at EDC. Off to another set somewhere else before the big one, Aoki departs. Day 1 of Electric Daisy Carnival is only a few hours away.

Dinner precedes a quick ride to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and we arrive. The venue is massive. Seven stages. Ferris wheels. Neon Lights. And more people in one place then I’ve ever seen. The first night includes performances from the likes of Diplo, Flosstradamus, Afrojack, and yes, Steve Aoki. Each one attracts a crowd bigger than the next. And wherever there’s music—which is everywhere—there’s people having the time of their lives. The festival doesn’t wraps up at roughly 6 am. Day two begins not much later.

Following a whole bunch of rest, I’m up. Again, the second night includes a meet and greet. This time with Zedd--the DJ/producer responsible for Grammy winning hits like “Clarity.” Although EDC isn’t on his agenda, he’s got his own schedule that includes a residency at The Wynn, where he’ll be performing later that night. He talks his music and the current state of electronic music amidst his task of gearing up for his night ahead.

We leave as he does, and night two at the Speedway is upon us. The crowd funnels in and we set up camp. A-trak, Krewella, Kaskade, and Tiesto are a few of the notable acts taking the stage tonight. And just like the first evening, the attendees aren't lacking in energy. The crowd dances along, sings, fist pumps, whatever it takes. It’s a sight to be seen. Soon the night gives way to sunlight and Day two is a wrap. One more day follows. It’s almost not enough for the festival goers. Seemingly they always want more. And the electric sky offers as much as it can. An intense three days, but three days that I won’t forget.

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