:: DAY 1 ::
Night one of the 18th annual Electric Daisy Carnival has come to a close. Once again, Insomniac welcomed a sold-out crowd to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway to discover a colorful world filled with stunning new art installations, captivating performers, and a mind-blowing, six-minute fireworks display that, for the first time, encircled the entire venue.
Insomniac debuted a dramatic new kineticFIELD stage featuring a cathedral theme that presented the DJ booth as a giant pipe organ, and flanked by two massive owls with outstretched wings. It is the largest stage in Insomniac history, spanning 440 feet wide and 80 feet tall. The structure features more than 1,000 lighting fixtures, 30 lasers, and requires 2.5 million watts of power.
For this year’s festival, 20 new and returning art installations were scattered throughout the grounds for fans to explore. With its whimsical, towering leaves, the Lilly Pond transported fans to a lush garden setting, while Hug Life’s three 10×10 boxes—ornately decorated—brought out the kid inside all of us.
In a new initiative designed to help keep the grounds of EDC beautiful, Insomniac and Global Inheritance set up the TRASHed recycling store. The interactive program encourages fans to bring renewable materials such as water bottles, cans and biodegradable cups to a designated collection area to earn points to purchase merchandise.
For the second year in a row, EDC welcomed all to bask in the spirit of love by providing the opportunity to get married within the magical world of the festival. Lovers were able to tie the knot or renew vows, while festival friends could celebrate their bond in non-legal commitment ceremonies. For the first time, wedding packages also included reception options, inviting newlyweds to commemorate the special occasion with a champagne toast and appetizers. A second package also gave the wedding party and their guests a choice of entrée from the VIP Dining Deck menu, along with a commemorative bottle of champagne for the bride and groom signed by the Insomniac team.
:: DAY 2 ::
The second night of the Electric Daisy Carnival has come to a thundering close after welcoming a sold-out crowd to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The dusk-till-dawn festivities featured more than 65 musical acts, including up-and-coming artists from this year’s Discovery Project. This year, winners were expanded beyond aspiring DJ/producers to include winning selections from the art installation, stage, and costume design categories.
Adding to the completely immersive setting of the festival grounds, more than 30 carnival rides, five Ferris wheels, and 20 large-scale art installations—including the re-imagined Electric Daisy—encouraged fans to explore and engage with their surroundings. The 125-foot structure featured LED lights and white petals spanning 45 feet as fans danced beneath its warm glow. The bassCON stage unveiled a brand new design that engulfed the DJ booth at the mouth of a 65-foot-tall, apocalyptic Cyclops, surrounded by 26 large, graffiti-stained steel containers and crushed automobiles.
Returning for the second year, the VIP Dining Deck welcomed festivalgoers as they enjoyed spectacular views of the kineticFIELD and a three-course meal prepared by Chef Keven Lee in conjunction with Kitchen24. Drawing inspiration from the energetic atmosphere, items such as the Electric Fruit Bowl—a pineapple shell of tropical fruits, honeyed yogurt, and organic crunch power granola sprinkled on top—were served throughout the night until 4 a.m. VIP ticket holders can still book a sit-down meal for tomorrow night with a minimum of four guests per table at the host stand on site.
Free water was provided to fans throughout the night at the four water stations throughout the grounds. New dining options were also available, including a number of gourmet food trucks and a fruit stand blending fresh smoothies throughout the evening.
:: DAY 3 ::
The third and final night of the 18th annual Electric Daisy Carnival has come to a successful close. While we are sad to see you go, we’re grateful for the time spent together creating another weekend of unforgettable memories.
EDC welcomed a sold-out crowd of 400,000 smiling faces during three beautiful nights of love, music, art and community. Fans from 40 countries and all 50 states came together to witness performances from over 200 of today’s most popular and underground EDM artists.
The circuitGROUNDS stage expanded to almost twice its size in length this year, breaking the record as the largest clear-span structure in the world. Measuring 400 feet long, the stage also featured more than 750 lighting fixtures and 10,500 square feet of video panels that descended from the stage’s dome ceiling.
7UP brought the party to life with the dynamic and immersive experience at Stage 7. Fans experienced endless tracks from some of dance music’s hottest DJs, and were able to dance high above the crowds on an elevated catwalk.
Setting the scene for love and unity, approximately 70 legal weddings took place over the course of the three-day festival—more than five times the amount of weddings than last year. Couples stood beneath the specially crafted altars that featured a beautiful arrangement of vibrant daisies to share their vows.
EDC Vegas saw the return of many fan-favorite art cars, including the BoomBox, which welcomed performances from up-and-coming DJs and producers. Fans danced as they followed the mobile sound system throughout the festival grounds. The Mayan Warrior art car, making its first Las Vegas appearance after its debut at EDC Mexico, wowed fans throughout the grounds with fiery special effects and vivid LED lighting.
For the first time, Insomniac and Global Inheritance teamed up to create the TRASHed recycling store where fans could bring recyclable materials and earn points towards special merchandise. Each day, two fans that participated were randomly selected to be upgraded to VIP, and an additional two lucky attendees will receive tickets for next year’s festival. Global Inheritance is a creative, cause-based campaign that aims to educate individuals about the global issues that affect us all.
If the post-EDC blues are already setting in, be sure to relive the magic and catch a screening of the 3D documentary, Under the Electric Sky, as it hits select theaters in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Phoenix on Friday, June 27. A cast photo is included in tonight’s photo selects.
We want to thank you once again for taking part in our adventure and sharing this incredible experience with the world. The journey continues July 12-13, as Insomniac makes its return overseas for EDC UK at Milton Keynes Bowl.
Photos in order: 1 & 2 – Doug Van Sant, 3 – Marc van der Aa, 4,5 & 6 – aLIVE Coverage, 7 – Alex Perez
By Kirvin Doak Communications