In June, I attended Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas with a bunch of friends from Texas. My experience while I was there was indescribable but somewhere in the realm of euphoric bliss. I think for everyone that has attended a large music festival before, you sort of get it. Now let me preface this post by saying this was the largest music festival I’ve attended (and not the last). I’ve been to Ultra Music Festival Miami, Austin City Limits, Freepress Summerfest and more… so I have some festivals under my belt!
EDC celebrated their 20th anniversary this year. So they went big and spared no expense. This was my third time to Vegas but every time I have come to this city, I have a completely different experience. I can’t get enough of it.
So why should you attend?
4. THE MUSIC
Duh, right? Now I understand that not everyone enjoys electronic music. I’m not writing this to push my music views onto you. I just want to tell you why I love the music. The simplest way to put it is that it just makes me happy. The festival might have lasted for 12 hours but it felt like 4. I love that the music completely traps me. If I could dance and sing like I did at EDC every night, I would. My body would hate me, but I would. I sang so much that I actually lost my voice on Saturday and not just a little bit, I completely lost it.
There were 7 stages and an art car that played music as it moved throughout the festival. It was like an audible treat sprinkled throughout the whole music festival. Guest surprises from John Legend, Soulja Boy and Skrillex definitely made our nights better. The music started at 6PM and ended around 6AM. There was nothing better than seeing the sun rise while someone (like Dash Berlin) is performing on the main stage. I had all the feels.
To be honest, there were too many things going on at EDC that I cannot name them all. There are free carnival rides throughout the entire park – WIN. Street performers were dressed up in wacky costumes and popped up throughout the grounds. Some performers were on stilts, others were riding around in cars that looked like Pacman characters. There were fire-breathing tin animals that were the size of a bus that I was NOT a fan of. You could feel them from 50 ft away. They had just about every type of food you could imagine but by far the best thing you could get was the lemonade. If you next you get it next year, you’ll understand.
EDC is in none-other than the biggest party city in America – Las Vegas. Go for the story because trust me, you will have a great one. It is Las Vegas after all. Pool party by day, EDC by night. And like they say “you’ll sleep when you’re dead”. There is too much going on in this city to sleep. Since there were so many people in the city for EDC events did sellout. My group and I booked our hotel 7 months in advance, bought pool party tickets as soon as they were announced and ordered shuttle passes to the festival a few months in advance.
*Tips for EDC:
– Buy everything in advance.
– Hotel: My favorite hotel on the strip to stay is hands down the Cosmopolitan. We stayed in the Delano (formerly known as The Hotel). It was great for our big group and located at the end of the strip.
– Pool Parties: Encore Beach Club, Wet Republic, Drais Beach Club, Marquee
– Clubs: Omnia (newest club with what looks like a spacecraft chandelier), XS, Marquee and Haze. Hakkasan is rated high but I don’t like the layout of the club. Other than the DJs that have residency there, I wouldn’t go.
Last but not least, you need to go to EDC for the people. I cannot say enough great things about every single person I went with and all of the new people that I met (except for the bouncer at Encore Beach Club; I hate you).
The people are what truly made my trip something special. Everyone was in this mindset that we were all family; we will look out for one another and let’s have the best time of our lives. So thank you to everyone that touched a part of my soul. New friends and old – we now have a connection that can not disappear over a few days. I’m having all the feels again while I’m writing this. Love y’all.
I have to end with a quote from my friend Austin who described his love for music “like a baby who just discovered it’s own laughter”.
Bottom Line – just go to EDC. Don’t wait. Really don’t. Ask yourself – if not now, when? What is stopping you?