This past weekend, I attended the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, thanks to local musician Anamieke Quinn and her husband Michael Quinn, who is currently working on tour with EDC performers Empire of the Sun. After attending Coachella, I would say the EDC is 100 times better. The seven massive stages were all incredibly colorful and eye-catching, and the pulsating beats kept everyone in the electronic dance music-loving crowd dancing all night long — yes, all night.
I headed to the festival around 7 p.m. and didn’t leave until around 3:30 a.m. — but the music continued well after I left. It was so much fun to see interesting sights as these, random drummers who played along to the DJs’ tracks.
The stage set-ups were just amazing. Some had screens that lit up on the ceiling, while others featured colorful psychadelic art that made the show just as much fun to watch as it was to listen to.
These were the coolest stages I’d ever seen, and they were surrounded by fair ride attractions that rival the Arizona State Fair.
The festival was clean, and the crowd here was super-friendly compared to most other huge concerts I’ve been to. Sure, maybe it’s because they were all on drugs, but it was good vibes all around, for sure.
Of course, the music was so awesome. Empire of the Sun didn’t disappoint with a beautiful set that included four costumed backup dancers and a costumed band, as well.
While most of the performances on their stage were straight DJ sets, this live band fit in perfectly, as they continued to keep the crowd energized with a mesmerizing spectacle and top-notch musicianship.
It’s hard not to have fun with music that just wants to keep you moving, and the positivity at the festival was palpable.
Here are some other tips:
-You can smuggle things in. Yes, the people at the gate check you as you enter, but they don’t reach into every crevice. Do be warned, though, my bra was pulled away from my shirt, and my waistline away from my body, so be careful about smuggling in those spots.
-Go early for no lines. I’d heard rumors getting to EDC from the strip, normally only around a half-hour away, could take up to 3 hours with traffic. Head there earlier than 9 p.m., though, and you’ll probably avoid major crowds.
-Hit up The Cosmopolitan next time you’re on the strip. The chandelier-filled hotel is definitely one of the most beautiful hotels I’ve ever seen. I also went to their Holsteins Shakes and Buns for lunch and got a decadent alcohol-filled tiramisu shake — yum!
Check out more videos from my trip below.