As for many people around the world, EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival) is the mecca of electronic music festivals. Every year the festival sells out to over 400,000 fans, and there is a reason why: pure, unadulterated fun. The production value alone would make Solomon himself blush thanks to the sheer excess of visual and auditory stimuli. This year was my first EDC in Las Vegas and the experience will not be forgotten. Whether it was good or bad, every experience was worth it in the end.
Let’s talk about transportation. Naturally, it was less than easy wading through 100,000 plus people leaving the Speedway on Day 1. Some people waited at least 3-4 hours just to board the shuttles back to their hotels. On top of that, the roughly 15 mile journey took nearly an hour and a half. As with all things, the transportation team made adjustments through the weekend and had it down by the third day.
Insomniac did a tremendous job in planning their transportation routes, and even had Nellis Airforce Base open to allow shuttle cars through. Regardless of how we, or a lot of other people, may feel about the drama of getting to their favorite festival, the thing everyone has to realize is that it’s literally the best setup that could possibly happen. Take a step back and think to yourself, “how could this of been done more efficiently?” Short of creating a series of transportation tubes similar to those in Futurama, it really couldn’t get much better. So quit the bad vibes, and get on the shuttle.
Now let’s talk about how stunning this place actually is. The production value put into this festival is far beyond anything we had ever seen. There isn’t a direction you can look without seeing something that will shock or impress you. The Neon Garden stage was one giant pyramid lined with oscillating lights at the peak and LEDs running down the spines. It was like a beacon of purple in the midst of a techno-colored sea of rainbows and PLURR power, something that is already a semi-familiar sight in Las Vegas because of the Luxor Hotel.
But Insomniac didn’t really stop there when it comes to similar themes appearing from local Las Vegas attractions. On the circuit grounds stage, they have moving chandeliers that look similar to Omnia Nightclub located inside the hangar tent.
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