As music festivals go, there’s no bigger beast than the Electric Daisy Carnival which rose from modest beginnings in 1997 to become the largest electronic music festival outside Europe. Dubbed the “American Ibiza”, Insomniac Events, the promoters behind EDC, have transformed the three day event into a completely unique entertainment experience. It’s no longer simply a festival showcasing the best that electronic music can offer, but is now an extraordinary combination of full-on theatrical experience, stunning pyrotechnics and interactive art installations, proving that music and culture can be combined to dazzling effect. Rather like the old ‘Carnivale’s’ of yesteryear, the EDC will claim its pitch at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, magically transform it beyond all recognition, open the festival gates to the public and then disappear again until the following year; no doubt leaving behind some unforgettable memories and awesome music experiences for performers and public alike. See what’s on offer below and then book your ticket, pack your bag and make your way to Sin City for a festival experience you’ll never forget!
“This is your world, so come and play and let your imagination lead the way....”
Over 240,000 carnival-goers experienced the heady delights of the EDC in 2011, filling the venue from dusk until dawn and sampling the best in what electronic music could offer. This year’s attendance looks to be even bigger with an estimated whopping 300,000 anticipated to walk through the gates. The promoters have lined up some real heavy weights from the EDW for this year’s event including David Guetta, Tiesto, Moby and Kaskade; European royalty like Armin van Buuren and Avicii; and Las Vegas regulars: Calvin Harris and Erick Morillo. Avicii had this to say about last year’s festival: "How sick was it to play in front of that amount of people? It's definitely an amazing experience that I haven't had anywhere else in the world so far!"
Always ambitious in their approach and keen to add a further dimension to this year's EDC, the organizers have decided that a seventh stage will also be put into the mix in a bold partnership with Dutch hardstyle company Q-Dance. It will also feature performances from Blue Man Group, along with over 500 theatrical performers who will take to the stage over the three day festivities. There will also be an array of other attractions to whet every appetite; among them over 30 Carnival rides spread throughout the 1,000-acre complex. A wide array of vendor stalls including an exclusive store selling official Insomniac merchandise, including t-shirts, jackets, steel water bottles and some fun surprises can also be found on-site. Indeed, with so much fantastic stuff available to buy, you might you have to be prepared to ship a parcel
back home just to lighten the load of all your festival purchases! As Pasquale Rotella, the CEO of Insomniac Events emphasised: "We are not a concert. We are so much more than that — it's about the production, it's about the art. The music being played is the soundtrack to your experience for the evening."
Clearly the secret to EDC’s success is the fact that it is so much more than a Music Festival with an audacious and eclectic mix of live music, performance and art readily available to the public. The promoters are obviously not afraid to take risks and push the boundaries of what a live music experience should be. As Above & Beyond's Jono Grant puts it: "Before most gigs these days, I'm more excited than nervous. An event like EDC is the exception, though. It's nerve-racking and exciting playing in front of so many people. Every touch of the mixer and every decision you make has some kind of effect on a huge audience. You really give it your all."
EDC’s website describes this year’s festival as: “An unparalleled experience of sight and sound that you will have to encounter for yourself to be believed”. Carnival-goers will have to judge for themselves, but with such an impressive line up of music, theatre, dance and art, and not forgetting a firework display that promises to outshine this year’s Olympics, EDC’s Las Vegas event will no doubt be one of the most talked-about happenings of 2012.
The EDC runs from Friday June 8th – Sunday June 10th 2012
EDC Hours are from: 7.00 pm – 5.00 am
Age Restrictions Apply: You must be over 18 to enter and will need to be over 21 with acceptable ID if you want to drink. The minimum age for a VIP entrance is 21 and older.
Three-day passes are on sale now for $275 for general admission and $500 for VIP passes. It is advisable to book early. (Purchase tickets here!
In town for the whole week? Make sure to check out EDC Week June 5-12. EDC Week includes the EDMBiz conference, Bassrush Massive, Wet Wonderland, and a ton of other events TBA! For more info on these events click here
For more detailed information about the EDC Las Vegas event go to ElectricDaisyCarnival.com
Incidentally, if the thought of waiting until June for your EDC fix is just too much, why not head for NYC where the EDC will be hosting an inaugural offshoot prior to the main event in Las Vegas. The gig takes place at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, from Friday May 18 – Sunday May 20th 2012. Avicii, Armin van Buuren, Fatboy Slim, Bassnectar, Calvin Harris, Afrojack and Chase and Status will be topping the bill. Other heavyweights include Richie Hawtin, Carl Cox, John Digweed, Sebastian Ingrosso, ATB, Alesso Boris, and DJ sets by Pendulum and Ner. Check out EDC’s website for more information.