So much music, so little time. Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas was a huge success, drawing upwards of 300,000 into the Nevada desert to listen to live sets from the biggest names in the electronic scene worldwide. With stellar production and a perfect venue, along with just about everything in between, we were in awe as we walked into Las Vegas Speedway. It was a sight of beauty for any music lover to see how a barren venue was transformed into a euphoric festival grounds and experience. You could see the work put into it. While there were unanimous wins here, it did not come without any detriments...wind hazards and transportation issues leading the back
We break it down. Electric Daisy Carnival In Review—The Highs And Lows:
-Available music: Such a diverse lineup of music, EDC boasted a main stage that made us salivate, along with a Group Therapy stage hosted by Above & Beyond, ASOT hosted by Armin Van Buuren, a Dim Mak stage hosted by Steve Aoki's label and a Size Matters stage hosted by Steve Angello's. There was also the Discovery Stage and the bassPod; it seemed a little something for everyone.
-Production: Each stage boasted terrific production in terms of stage set up, visuals and pyrotechnics, main stage topping all with its layered aesthetic. Massive fireworks displays were commonplace as well.
-Options: Art installations, and mazes and experiences oh my!
-Lay out: The physical set up of the festival allowed for easy movement and breathing room that was amazing! A great breeze ran through the grounds that kept you cool and feeling good.
-Interviewing Alesso: Catching Alesso for an interview behind the main stage on kineticFIELD while listening to Afrojack kill it was pretty sweet, stay tuned.
-Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub VIP area: This was a huge win. The area was set up perfectly with the best view of the main stage in the house. See what we didn't like about it below.
-Pasquale's Mom: she danced the night away!
-The Dutch: They brought it! Bassjackers and Fedde Le Grand hit the main stage and woke me the f*ck up with some heavy tunes that changed the mood from the downtempo sets (not your typical downtempo) from Kaskade and Alesso. You know what I mean. Keane "Silenced By The Night" (Alesso Remix) was a highlight for me.
-Sunrise: Who doesn't like a sunrise coupled with some house music?
-Gabriel & Dresden: These guys still bring it.
- Traffic & Transportation: Both really costed you! You lost time from traffic getting to the grounds and back, and you lost money as well paying for it! When 90,000+ people let out of a festival, it is nonsense finding your way back. Limos, cabs, buses, transport shuttles and personal cars were utilized, but there was no good way to do this. It was chaos. We missed artist interviews, missed sets we wanted to see and missed out on some of our experience that we should have been having!
-Can't See 'Em All: You're just not able to see everyone you want to see; executive decisions must be made.
-Weather: Day 2 was a disaster and a fail. Insomniac knows it and so does everyone else. However, mother nature is out of our control. We had literally just gotten to the festival grounds around midnight when heavy winds began to sweep through the grounds causing alerts to be issues as the stages began to sway and pose threats to safety. We were just about to see Calvin Harris, Avicii, Tiesto and most importantly Steve Aoki with Blue Man Group! Not to mention Loco Dice and Richie Hawtin were killing it with techno in the circuitGROUNDS, and we missed our boy Tommy Trash at neonGARDEN, as his set got yanked right as he was going on.
-Separation From Group: I guess we need more media friends, even though we made a lot of them this year. If you have a different wristband than your friends, your access is different. So I went over to try to catch an artists for a set up interview I had, and behold I came back and my group was not where they said they would be and cell service was defunct...luckily, I ran into a crew of other friends that salvaged my night and experience.
-Cell Phones: I just touched on it, but cell phones at any festival with 100,000 people are always a disaster. There really is just nothing you can do about it except let them do their thing as please.
-Media Access Limited: I guess Media are not considered VIPs because Media was not allowed or invited to enjoy the VIP areas. But hey, that didn't stop me!
-Above & Beyond Interview: Unfortunately, after wasting time getting to and into the festival, I missed my date to talk with Tony and Pavo of Above & Beyond. Will have to make this one up.
-Afrojack's Set: Go see him in a club, he kills it. His sound doesn't mesh well with a festival circuit for me.