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The Electric Daisy Carnival 2014 Experience: Las Vegas

Congratulations, EDC, you are officially the biggest music festival on the planet.

Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) is the Disneyland for electronic dance music (EDM) lovers. While this festival caters to the EDM scene, it’s open to anyone looking to celebrate art, happiness and life.

What was once a single day event in Los Angeles, CA until 2008 has now exploded to a three-day international festival rising in worldwide popularity. The most trending topic on social media, SnapChat even added “My EDC Story” as an app feature this year.

The largest venue of them all? LAS VEGAS.

There was a grand total of 400,000+ attendees this past weekend, and if you were one of them, you were a part of EDM history.

I had the chance of attending this magical event, and can honestly say the sight of this festival as I walked through the stadium entrance was breathtaking. Nothing compares to the elaborate detail invested in this event.

Here’s a breakdown of the EDC experience this weekend:

EDC Costumes:

Nowhere else is it normal for your outfit to be a giant dragonfly, a flag of Mexico, a man-size duck, a go-go dancer, or nothing at all.

With the most non-judgmental community you will ever encounter, EDC is a world that allows you to show up, young or old, in whatever you please. After all, this festival is about peace, love, unity and respect (PLUR).

Next time you attend this event, stop and admire the creativity behind these festival goers.

Carnival Rides/Lights

Bright, stunning, colorful lasers beamed across the Las Vegas Motor Speedway making this event feel like one, big dance party.

EDC is filled with beautiful set designs, over 500 theatrical performers, animated props, including the famous daisy that illuminates the sky at night, special effects, fire works, giant owls, and carnival rides.

It wasn’t until the view I got on top of the Ferris wheel that I realized just how insane this festival is. Just a little jealous of the DJs who flew over the festival in helicopters to get to their sets. You might want to peep Carnage’s vine for a sick bird’s-eye view.

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Stages:

Eight massive stages ran this show, each bringing its own unique design, experience and entertainment to go with its subgenre (house, drum and bass, techno, dance punk, hardstyle, trap and dubstep).

The stage performances were also unreal. The badass acrobats, including the female twirling around in a plastic ball onto the kineticFIELD stage during Above and Beyond’s set, are like nothing you’ll find on the Las Vegas strip.

Whatever stage you enjoyed dancing at, EDC is place for twerkers, shufflers, and hard style dancers to unite on this adult playground!

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Beer/Fruit Stands

In the indoor 21+ VIP and General Admission bars, mobile vendors offered variations of Bud Light, the festival’s beer sponsor, while alcohol booths offered Belgian white ale. There could have been a much better beer selection, but at least they handed out free beer vouchers!

Fruit stands definitely caught everyone’s attention with their delicious smoothies, freshly squeezed juices and regular fruit for sale.

Music:

Three days across eight stages with nearly 200 DJs and producers, this massive lineup did not disappoint.

Every top DJ in the world was present, including: Calvin Harris, Flosstradamus, Carnage, GTA, DJ Snake, Afrojack, Laidback Luke, Bassjackers, Dash Berlin, Benny Benassi, A-trak and Clockwork- all who brought raging energy to their sea of fans.

While EDM has become mainstream, DJs this year were sure to bring you on a journey that you won’t find on the radio. (Thank goodness, I was losing hope for a second)

If you saw Diplo at the cosmicMeadow on Friday, you were at the most “gangster” stage of EDC.  At the same stage on Sunday, Dillon Francis blessed us with some of his biggest Moombahton hits from his old school Hard Summer days.

These two, among other DJs, shocked the audience with fresh sets, dope remixes, and a taste of underground music.

Saturday night was one of the biggest ever for EDC, with Kaskade, Tiesto and Avicii performing within a two-hour span of each another and Benny Benassi, Knife Party, Dada Life and Paul Oakenfold following after. Other sets stood out, including Chromeo’s set of 80’s electro funk and live band performances.

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Even if you’re not an EDM fan, I suggest you check EDC Las Vegas out sometime in your life. This festival is more than a concert, but an uplifting musical experience along with an escape from reality.

You can stream EDC Las Vegas 2014 live sets here:

 http://www.edcvegaslivesets.com

 

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