June 24th-June 26th marked the 14th annual Electric Daisy Carnival that attracted more than 230,000 unique visitors to the recently moved Las Vegas location. As expected, EDC was on everyone’s mind; fans, DJs, Las Vegas officials and most of all police. “Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman welcomed Insomniac Founder Pasquale Rotella to the City and presented him with a proclamation declaring the week of June 20, 2011, as Electric Daisy Carnival Week” (www.electricdaisycarnival.com). This was a strong statement to make as millions of skeptics had their eyes on the event waiting for anything to occur that would possibly ban the event for good. However, the biggest complaint that officers had at the event was, “it is too loud to hear anything.” For ticket holders, that’s exactly what they wanted.
Over 200 performers from around the globe spun their stuff as thousands witnessed the worlds top DJs such as Afrojack, Sweedish House Mafia, David Guetta, Benny Benassi, Skrillex and Tiesto shake the ground as the bass dropped from their best hits. In the film industry we use the phrase “lights, camera, action.” EDC however coined the phrase “Lights, camera, lasers.” With one of the nations largest pyrotechnic displays the endless fireworks and Redbull skydivers lit the sky. Stilt walkers and fairies led one of the brightest laser displays since 2010’s event. Acrobats, performers and even DJs such as Skrillex were jumping to the beat on one of the trampoline displays at Kinetic Field. EDC skeptics soon became believers.
Sweedish House Mafia gave the performance of a lifetime on one of the nations largest stages, Kinetic Field. People stood shoulder to shoulder as the crowd erupted during the transition into Sweedish House Mafias new hit single “Save The World.” Vocalist John Martin created uproar as he took the stage to lead the crowd. An 8-year stage crewmember said, “this is one of the best finishes to EDC that I have ever seen.” As I looked into the field, 40,000 people were jumping in agreement.
As the sun crept over the Las Vegas Motor Speedway at 6a.m. on June 27th I overheard one group of people ask “did anyone die?” After consulting EDC staff and Las Vegas city Police, there were roughly around 60 arrests and 300 injuries mostly associated with dehydration. Overall the outcome of the Electric Daisy Carnival was better than expected. The transition from LA to Sin City brought more than an experience, it brought change. It brought more organization, more parking, more security, more people but most of all more music. Noelle Espero who traveled from Riverside, CA to attend this years event said, “It was like a dream world! The music, the people, the rides, the lights and art exhibits were too surreal. I would have never thought I would see the day where I was dancing until sunrise. With the new Las Vegas location it was the Cherry on top to an amazing weekend.”
This years festivities accomplished more than a name, it set the bar for years to come. It allowed people to realize that the ideologies behind raves are slowly changing. This year was all about the experience, passion for music and passion for the art. EDC allowed a genre of music to become physical nature. Music was not only heard by thousands people but it was felt by thousands of people. This years event was simply an adventure of a lifetime.
*EDC Preview April 29th, 2011
The Electric Daisy Carnival moves from LA, in 2010, to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway from June 24-26, 2011.
Last year, thousands of music enthusiasts were bombarded by the words “SOLD OUT” when Friday and Saturday General Admission tickets were bought in record time. The first wave of tickets sold at $75 each as ticket sales were cut off in about 30 minutes. The next wave of tickets jumped to $100 as tickets were completely sold out in less than 3 minutes. This might be due to the fact that the most anticipated Electric Music Carnival of the year is now set to take place in none other than “Sin City” Las Vegas, Nevada. This years Carnival was moved from the prior location of the Los Angeles, Coliseum to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway due to the conflicting view points from the Memorial Coliseum and Insomniac, the host of EDC.
The unremitting Carnival will host over 200 World Renowned artists and Disk jockeys performing their top hits and debuting unheard tracks specific for EDC. Artists will be spinning on 6 massive stages spread throughout the Motor Speedway on site grounds estimated to be 9 times larger than the Memorial Coliseum. The speedway is approximately 17 miles North of the Las Vegas strip and Insomniac has allocated 40,000 Free parking spots available on a first come first serve basis. Shuttles to and from the Las Vegas Strip are more than likely to be offered during the 8pm-7am musical extravaganza.
The move from LA to LV is set to bring a few perks for EDC goers. With some of the most sought after destination clubs in the country, you can expect an entire weekend of Electric music at every major Pool in the city. The June 24-26 weekend has had an average temperature of over 100 degrees for the past 4 years so feel free to take your pick between our pick of the top 3 Pool parties hosted at Marquee, TAO beach and Wet Republic. These top 3 daytime destinations will undoubtedly ensure a more than merrier weekend.
After taking a look at the hundreds of places to stay during EDC, we have narrowed the extensive list of Hotels down to 3 options. Our first option for the weekend would have to be the Wynn Las Vegas and Encore. We have chose this venue due to the luxury aspect and custom tailored dedication for every customer that walks through the door. As per the Wynn Las Vegas website, Excellence is a habit. Our second prime location for the weekend happens to be right in the middle of the strip. Known for The Fountains of Bellagio water show, The Bellagio guarantees to offer a “Unique Experience.” From Villas, Suites to Lounges, 3,933 Guest rooms and Suites will be able to accommodate your every need. Our last mention but certainly not least is The Venetian and Palazzo Las Vegas. The Five Diamond luxury Hotel and Casino is bound to fulfill your every desire. Suite packages, shows, nightlife and amenities will far exceed your every desire. The competition for the best weekend resort is officially underway and these three top destination will surely guarantee a phenomenal weekend along side the Electric Daisy Carnival. A full and extensive review of our #1 Hotel resort destination will be published once and for all for the 2011 summer. The Battle for the #1 Inland Empire – Las Vegas destination will occur none other than June 24- June 26.
“The new venue for 2011 gives us the chance to create Electric Daisy Carnival like you’ve never seen it before. The grounds of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be transformed into a giant amusement park for you to explore, and each area of the festival will be meticulously constructed into a themed utopia.” Insomniac
EDC Las Vegas Line Up – Confirmed
EDC will include some of the top Theatrics, Carnival Rides, Decor and Art installations that meet the eye. However, the one thing that an approximated 90,000 daily ticket holders are dying to see are the artists. The fully released Artist Lineup should be released by May 21st and the 2011 EDC Trailer should be released by May 10th. Music enthusiasts can expect Confirmed artists Tiësto June 24th, David Guetta June 25th, and closer Swedish House Mafia June 26th. According to Music Alerts, Daily Confirmed Lineups might include the following: *6/24- Tiesto - Above and Beyond- Sander van Doorn - Tritonal - DJ Marky – High Contrast – Borgore – Justice - Manufactured Superstars – Drop the Lime – Underworld – TC Twins – Benga – Sub Focus – Bloody Beatroots *6/25 - David Guetta - Tritonal - Skrillex - Hardwell - Afrojack - Hernan Cattaneo - Bart B. More - Porter Robinson - The Glitch Mob - Andy C & MC GQ – Manufactured Superstars – Benny Benassi – Showtek – Laidback Luke – Zeds Dead – Zedd – Bunny of RITM – Calvin Harris *6/26 - Swedish House Mafia - Mt. Eden – ATB – Simon Patterson – Loadstar – Markus Schultz – Ferry Corsten – Sean Tyas – Liquid Stranger – John O’ Callaghan – W&W & Sied Van Riel – Doctor P. – Flux Pavilion. This Lineup has not been confirmed by Insomniac, however it has been compiled from various artist announcements and sources. Deadmau5 has reportedly said on his Twitter page that he is not going to be in attendance this year however ticket holders are still hopeful since there is nothing on his schedule from June 19-July 7th. Daft-Punk is the favorite to be performing this year, but no reports have been released about an appearance at the Las Vegas Festivities. The much-anticipated lineup nonetheless will surely make 11 hours of raving an unforgettable experience.
With a change of venue from LA to Vegas, the Inland Empire is now the closest metro area in Southern California to the 2011 EDC. Students from UCR, University of Redlands, Cal. State San Bernardino, Valley College, Riverside Community College, and young folks throughout the region will no doubt be in attendance, with close access to a Friday evening exit from the Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.
For those of you who never caught the 2010 EDC trailer, check it out here: