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Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas Recap

The 2019 edition of Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) Las Vegas has drawn to a close. The event is hosted by Insomniac Events and is the world’s largest dance music festival. This year, the festival sold-out. In fact, over 465,000 people attended the festival this year over the course of three nights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Over the course of the weekend, attendees from more than 100 countries united to party and enjoy the numerous electronic dance music artists who played across it’s eight stages. Furthermore, the festival had plenty of unique details that transformed the grounds, which returned to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway into a zen-like world mixed with neon and fantasy.

Electric Daisy Carnival. Photo: Calder Wilson

The lineup

Bill Nye, the “Science Guy”, kicked off the festival during the opening ceremony. His speech took place on Friday before the festival officially opened. He spoke about climate change and the importance of global unity.

Bill Nye the Science Guy speech at Cosmic Meadow stage. Photo: Virisa Young

Electric Daisy Carnival had more than 240 well-known artists performing throughout the weekend. In fact, fans took in sets by electronic music artists such as Alison Wonderland, Chris Lake, Deadmau5, Dillon Francis, Fisher, Martin Garrix, RL Grime, Tiësto and many more. EDC Las Vegas has become known for its special guests and unannounced moments, and this year did not disappoint.

A blistering surprise set by Skrillex at the Circuit Grounds stage marked his triumphant return to the EDC Las Vegas stage after an eight-year hiatus. In addition, David Guetta made his first appearance at EDC Las Vegas since 2012. He played a memorable set at Kinetic Field. Legendary dubstep producer Skream also returned from a nearly 10-year absence from performing his signature dubstep style, rocking a bassPOD b2b with Rusko.

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Steve Aoki. Photo: Virisa Young

Adding to the excitement of the weekend, the Circuit Grounds stage was home to many key moments such as Steve Aoki’s energizing set that could be felt across the speedway. There was also a marriage proposal onstage during Illenium’s performance. Zhu also surprised attendees with the reveal of a custom jacket made from festival wristbands sent in from fans. Hip-hop star A$AP Rocky performed on the HARD-hosted cosmic Meadow.

EDC Stages

This year’s festival featured eight entirely new stage designs. The stages were kinetic field, Cosmic Meadow, Circuit Grounds, Quantum Valley, Stereo Bloom, Waste Land, Basspod and Neon Garden.

When entering from the north, which is where the speedway bleachers were, the first visible stage is the Cosmic Meadow stage.

Cosmic Meadow stage. Photo: Demian Becerra

The Neon Garden stage was presented by Factory 93, a Los Angeles based company. It featured techno acts throughout the entire weekend including Green Velvet, Anna, Adam Beyer, and many others.

Neon Garden stage. Photo: Tyler Hill

Next, Quantum Valley featured a tall arc-shaped stage. The music at this stage featured several notable trance artists. These included Sander van Doorn, Aly and Fila, Paul van Dyk, Paul Oakenfold, and many others.

Circuit Grounds was a large stage featuring artists like Gareth Emery, Eric Prydz, Above & Beyond, Martin Garrix, Illenium, Steve Aoki and many others. Bonnie X Clyde closed out the festival with a sunrise set on Sunday night.

The Basspod stage catered to headbangers and bass music fans. This stage was hosted by Bassrush. It featured a variety of dubstep, bass house, drum and bass, and trap acts including Liquid Stranger, Riot Ten, Dieselboy, Snails, and many others.

Kinetic Field was one of the larger stages at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This stage consisted of a huge archway displaying its name, and two statues on each side. On Sunday, there were also performers on stilts. The stage featured fireworks and a variety of acts. It also featured two faces on each side of the DJ booth.

Kinetic Field stage. Photo: Calder Wilson

Electric Daisy Carnival layout

The festival grounds featured three main thoroughfares: Electric Avenue, Rainbow Road, and Daisy Lane. Directly to the right side of Electric Avenue was a giant building covered with LED lights, with a tunnel that featured light and sound. Many of the lights displayed retro game themes such as Pac-man. On the other side of the tunnel was the Pixel Forest, which was a place to relax and sit down under trees made of neon lights.

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Pixel Forest. Photo: Adi Adinayev

Rainbow Road ran the length of the festival, perpendicular to Electric Avenue and Daisy Lane. It connected Kinetic field to Circuit Grounds with the Basspod and wasteland stages along the route. It also featured the rainbow bridge, the Ferris wheel, and many food and merchandise vendors. Colorful lights stretched the length of the walkway.

Lastly, Daisy Lane featured giant neon flowers on each side of the walkway. It stretched from the rainbow road to the stands in the speedway with the stereo bloom stage to the side. On the speedway side, there was a giant archway decorated with neon lights in the shape of flower petals. On the archway read the words “Daisy Lane”. Indeed, the neon flowers were quite tall and a beautiful sight.

Daisy lane. Photo: Keiki-Lani Knudsen

Installations

EDC Las Vegas 2019 featured an entirely new experience with a new expansive festival footprint featuring never-before-seen art installations.

For one thing, this year’s festival debut Downtown EDC. Downtown EDC featured a mini-bar, a chapel of nature and technology, an open-air theatre and art installations.

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Downtown EDC sign. Photo: Ivan Meneses

In addition, the festival featured several new art cars. In fact, many of these art cars featured their own DJ’s playing a variety of music.

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Art cars at EDC. Photo: Ivan Meneses

The re-envisioned festival footprint brought new areas to the grounds.
These included Nomadsland, a mechanized dystopia featuring thought-provoking art installations.

High Attendance and traffic

Over 465,000 people attended Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas this year. As a direct result of the high attendance, heavy traffic jams lined all routes to the speedway from Las Vegas. Lines of cars stretched for over four miles, and one could easily expect to wait in traffic for an hour before arriving at the festival. To kill some time in line, check out this mobile casino.

Traffic was even worse on Day Three, due to an accident on Interstate 15. Once at the venue, lines for security and to check the RFID chips in the wristbands were also very long. Of course, the crowds and traffic made ride sharing a popular option to commute to the festival. However, due to the high demand, prices for ride-sharing apps uber and lift ranged around $90-$120 for a 10-mile trip to downtown or the strip from the speedway.

Day Two wind advisory

The weather during the festival was quite cold, especially for May in the desert. However, on day two, the wind also caused changes to festival plans. For one thing, Insomniac canceled the fireworks show that evening. Additionally, attendees were told to evacuate the venue and seek shelter. However, this decision was quickly reversed once staff realized that it was safe for the festival to continue in a limited capacity.

Those who left due to the weather were allowed to return to the festival. However, due to safety and weather concerns the Quantum Valley stage closed for several hours and the Kinetic Field stage remained closed for the remainder of the night. During this time, amusement park rides also halted service.

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After day two, Pasquale Rotella released the following statement on Instagram regarding the weather, but has since taken it down:

After taking more readings in other parts of the venue, we determined that we didn’t need to close the entire venue and could keep the party going at quantumVALLEY and everywhere else. As a precaution today, we have removed minor pieces of our stages and some other elements throughout the festival that would have been a concern in high winds. It’s going to be COLD tonight, so bring warm clothes. We’re looking forward to seeing you for an amazing Day Three!

Fireworks

Day Three definitely made up for the issues of Day two. On day three, the festival brought the first syncopated, multi-stage firework display to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. All performances paused for about 15 minutes while the fireworks went off in the sky. The fireworks went off behind the Basspod and Wasteland stages and consisted of over six barges. The quality of the EDC fireworks display was easily on par with many of America’s best fourth of July fireworks events.

Camp EDC

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Camp EDC. Photo: Jamie Rosenberg

Adjacent to Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, more than 25,000 attendees made camp out at the speedway for the weekend. In fact, there were over 4,200 Shiftpods and 1,000 RVs. After the success of its inaugural year, Camp EDC has turned into the daytime counterpart of the EDC Las Vegas experience.

Camp EDC was home to several afterparties, turning EDC Las Vegas into a 24-hour music celebration. This year, Camp EDC doubled its footprint. In fact, it featured 2.5 million square feet of turf and an entirely new Mesa center camp. Campers could also enjoy four pools, a log ride, goat yoga, a supermarket, a new Bamboo stage, and dozens of classes and workshops to participate in. Camp EDC also featured a Thursday night pre-party with Fisher, and Kaskade performed a very special sunrise set on Sunday.

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