Electric Daisy Carnival 2016 is nearing its twentieth anniversary this June 17th, 18th, and 19th. Hosted by Insomniac, it’s an eight-day long electronic music festival in the heart of the City of Sin itself. The actual event is three days long, but parts of Las Vegas are participating all week. Artists will be putting on their best shows at various venues, some of which won’t be making it to this festive pageant and will instead be performing exclusively at these locations. Tickets range from $335 to $700 (before taxes and fees).
Over 200 dj’s performed at the festival last year, and the full lineup for this year won’t be revealed until May. Knowing how painful the anticipation would be for some, Insomniac held a “Halfway to EDC” event in the early months of this year where 17 djs played sets over the course of two days.
The pageantry itself is a sight to behold, boasting over seven stages, dozens of exciting rides, amazingly unique carnival style performers and more lazers and bass drops than one can handle. According to its Wikipedia page, last year held it over 400,000 people over the 3-day period. Genres include, “EDM, house, dance, electro house, drum and bass, techno, dance-punk, hardstyle, dubstep, trance, and more.” There are many impressive stages with intense theatrical scenes. Each stage houses a different theme and type of electronic music.
Kinetic Field is the largest stage and some of the most well known artists perform there. Last year it was claimed to be the largest stage in North America, as it was 480 feet wide and 100 feet tall. It featured 1,000 lighting fixtures, 40 lasers, 22 flame units, 15 confetti blowers and a waterfall. (Source: electronic.vegas). Cosmic Meadow, Basspod, Circuit Grounds, Neon Garden, Wasteland, Funkhouse, as well as many smaller, moving stages are all there to be witnessed.
The Mother of all Festivals is great for any electronic music lover in any stage of their musical appreciation. Not everyone is there for the music, however, which brings a rowdy crowd full of half-naked party people ready to lose control until they don’t remember the event at all. These people are, unfortunately, what most think of when they think of the hype over the monstrously large festival. It’s easy to get caught up in the buzz, since it’s getting bigger every year.
Even though insomniac caters to these newcomers, they also cater to the old school ravers as well, who live with Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect in their hearts all year round. Some of the best stages are the smaller ones, with up and coming artists that haven’t yet been over exposed and are just looking for their time to shine and do what they love.
Though there are parties to be had, there is business to be made as well. EDMBiz is a yearly conference where people gather to discuss the past, present, and future of the electronic music community. The expo discusses the cutting edge technology that will shape the future of the industry, as well as the culture as a whole. Panels are open to debate about current issues and cultivate new ideas.
EDMBiz 2016 will have a new concept, the Hackathon, where aspiring entrepreneurs and programmers will have the opportunities to develop and change tools of the trade. This is the first time at a dance music conference, but has appeared at other festivals such as Outside Lands, SXSW, and Bonnaroo. (Source: edmbiz.com)
Las Vegas natives can’t complain about the 1.7 million enthusiastic fans that have made their way to the stage since EDC moved to vegas in 2011. According to Insomniac’s website, Electric Daisy has brought over $1.3 billion into the local economy, with $145.4 million in accommodations and $93.6 in transportation costs. On average, the Electric Sky community has spent $638 million dollars during these weeks, and they won’t be leaving anytime soon.