If you like Vegas or music, but you’ve never heard of the Electric Daisy Carnival, you probably should. Last year, the Electric Daisy Carnival attracted approximately 345,000 attendees who arrived from all 50 states and 46 countries. So what’s the draw? Well, it’s the biggest rave on the planet. Over the course of the three-day event, attendees dance, listen to music, party all night and, well, rave on. Founder and CEO of Insomniac (the festival’s producer), Pasquale Rotella, said that each year their goal is to improve the fan experience, with 2014 expected to be bigger and better than ever. Nearly 82 percent of surveyed fans who attended last year indicated they would return in 2014. With EDC just a few months away, now is the time to get your tickets and make plans to go.
EDC Las Vegas 2014 will take place June 20-22 from dusk to dawn each day at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, bringing Insomniac’s signature “over-the-top-production” and creative elements that will include an extravagantly designed stage production with fantastic lighting, pyrotechnics, roaming theatrical performers, dancers and acrobats, interactive art installations and, of course, music. EDC is a genuine hub for genres like electronic dance music, with a little house, drum and bass, techno, dance punk, hardstyle and dubstep thrown in.
In addition to all of this revelry, there are carnival rides, and Insomniac has hinted there will be a few new surprises in store for 2014, too. EDC Week will also return, taking place June 17 through June 23, and will feature a new dance music awards show in collaboration with Dick Clark Productions.
It’s probably no surprise that this one is already close to selling out. If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, you’ll need to act quickly. They’re on sale now at $249 for a three-day, general admission pass and $499 for VIP.
While the 2014 lineup is yet to be announced, last year’s was a dream scenario for EDM fans – and this one is expected to surpass even that. In 2013, artists included 12th Planet, A-Trak, Afrojack, Baauer, Boys Noize and Bloody Beetroots to name just a few.
If you can still get a VIP ticket (they go quickly), you’ll be able to enter through an exclusive festival entrance, which is great for latecomers who live in the area. You’ll also gain access to exclusive viewing decks overlooking the multiple stages, but keep in mind that capacity is limited and you could be turned away if you arrive too late. Some argue that the VIP perks ultimately limit the festival experience, separating you from the main party. But it all really comes down to personal preference.
Past attendees agree that while newcomers may balk at the prices initially, once there, standing atop the bleachers, taking in the expanse of the speedway and the massive EDM playground, you quickly realize what a bargain you’re getting. If you get tired of dancing your heart out to the music, you can take a break by heading to the carnival rides, exploring art installments or just taking in the great people-watching opportunities.
Costumes, daisies and bright neon outfits are the standard here and, of course, the heat of the desert usually means less fabric and more skin. Dress for comfort, but don’t be afraid to dress the part — costumes include everything from cartoon characters to superheroes, along with the classic daisies. Don’t wear angel wings or anything else that could poke someone’s eye out; navigating the crowd can be hard enough without dealing with extra bulk. Less is more, in this case. Also consider that sweltering Vegas afternoons (with temps of 100+ degrees) make for rather pleasant evenings, with temps dipping down to the more comfortable 70- to 80-degree range.
If you don’t live in the Vegas area, be sure and book your hotel as quickly as possible to avoid disappointment. Remember, the earlier you reserve, the better your chances of securing bargain rates. Summertime can mean cheaper room rates, but they tend to go up when large events like this one take place.
Huge events also equal lots of traffic. Don’t drive to the Speedway or you’ll find yourself stuck staring at the bumper of another vehicle for hours, which would quickly kill the enthusiasm you had when you put those keys in the ignition. There are a number of alternative modes of transportation, including comfortable shuttle buses that run from many major Vegas hotels to the Speedway. If money isn’t an issue, you could even take a helicopter for $5,000 round trip. Just don’t drive.
For dancing, hearing music and feeling generally groovy, there is nothing like the Electric Daisy Carnival. And the fact that it’s held every year means that even if you miss the daisy-chain boat this go around, there will always be another year to enjoy a completely different side of Vegas. But if you can swing it this year, we suggest you get on this bandwagon and join thousands of music fans as they rave to the most exciting electronic music in the world.