After an exhausting opening day of the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, the event’s second day on June 21 was slightly more laid back as festival-goers recharged their batteries. But it didn’t take away from the fact that the crowd appeared to grow overnight. While the party was still intact, the thousands in attendance spent a lot of time soaking up the sights and enjoying more than 30 carnival rides. EDC Vegas’ various stages were stuffed with good vibes courtesy of acts like Martin Garrix, Carl Cox, Tiesto and Kaskade.
11:00 p.m.: What was supposed to be a 10 p.m. arrival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway has been delayed due to an influx of traffic. The last two miles of the car ride has stretched to over an hour wait. But in the distance, the neon glow of EDC illuminates the moonlit sky. Some festival-goers abandon their vehicles on the side of the road to walk the rest of the way. A group of what appears to be college students is walking at a brisk pace. The reason? A-Trak’s set starts in 15 minutes.
11:35 p.m.: It becomes clear early on that day two of EDC is all about decisions. A-Trak has taken over the cosmicMEADOW and Kaskade is gearing up for an 11:52 start across the Speedway at kineticFIELD. It’s getting increasingly difficult to pull away from A-Trak’s as Kaskade’s set draws near as he’s on a roll with a bouncy blend of hip-hop, EDM and house. Festival-goers are torn but most opt to stick it out through the duration of A-Trak’s show.
11:58 p.m.: Pregnancy wasn’t going to stop one EDC attendee. With her belly protruding from underneath her tank top, she is raging to Kaskade away from the crowd. An intoxicated man staggers past and can’t contain himself. “Dude, she’s so pregnant!” She overhears his slurred statement and rubs her stomach before turning her attention back to Kaskade’s set. The stories this unborn child will soon hear about his mother’s pregnancy are sure to be interesting.
12:31 a.m.: There’s an alarming amount of men in nothing more than sunglasses and underwear milling about the festival. Was there a conference call where it was decided that a pair of shades and briefs would be the uniform of the evening? If so, why? Nevermind…
12:52 a.m.: Kaskade’s set has drawn one of the larger crowds at the festival in kineticFIELD. With the entire area jam packed with people, an overspill carries into the carnival area. Hypnotized by an enchanting set highlighted by “Last Chance,” the crowd was treated with a marvelous fireworks display that could rival Las Vegas’ New Year’s Day pyro show.
1:05 a.m.: Tiesto has his work cut out for him after Kaskade completely annihilated his hour-long set. But he’s up to the task and glides through a strong set. The field goes dark as the opening for Tiesto’s reworking of Samuel Barber’s “Adagio For Strings” begins. As soon as the uptempo drums kick in and the lights flood the field, the crowd goes bananas. Amidst all of this, a guy wrapped in a Canadian flag is jumping rope by himself in the distance. Why? Nobody knows.
1:15 a.m.: Chromeo is funking up circuitGROUNDS with a performance that provides a pleasant departure from the mostly DJ oriented festival. The electro-funk duo of Dave 1 and P-Thugg ran through fan favorites such as “Sexy Socialite” and demanded everyone to sing along to “Frequent Flyer.” Dave 1 reminded the crowd “everybody is high anyway so nobody can tell if you are singing off key.” And, yeah, they were pretty off key when belting out the hook.
1:54 a.m.: A woman in a Darth Vader helmet and cape with nothing but a bra and thong underneath has captured the attention of a group of “Star Wars” geeks who can’t help but stare with their mouths agape. Although she was shaking her goodies for the world to see, it’s pretty certain that they were more interested in her lightsaber skills.
2:32 a.m.: Day two has turned out to be a little more turned down than day one. Many festival-goers have sought refuge in the grassy areas while others stand in line to get on one of the many festival rides. But for those who still wanted to party, the Discovery Stage featured EDC Discovery Project winner Singularity putting down a vicious set that snatched anybody within a 15-foot radius and demanded they joined the party. A well-timed fireworks display goes off in the distance that felt like it was scored by Singularity’s set. Good vibes here by a new kid on the EDC block.
2:53 a.m.: Did everyone leave already? It’s looking scarce out at the Speedway. That is, until you make it over to the cosmicMEADOW and realize that damn near everyone has assembled to watch the Bingo Players set. For many, it’s a sentimental show as Maarten Hoogstraten goes at it solo without Paul Baumer by his side. Baumer passed away from cancer in December but, per Baumer’s wishes, Hoogstraten has continued the Bingo Players legacy. Various country flags flap in the Vegas breeze while the swelling crowd dances nonstop for the next hour. Quite the impressive sight if you can manage to get to a high vantage point and capture a distant view.
3:42 a.m.: Fatigue is setting in as festival-goers are littered throughout the Speedway. Some are taking catnaps while others have simply passed out from all the partying. A couple’s conflict is overheard nearby. The girlfriend is completely gassed and trying her best to pull her man away from the thunderous Carl Cox set. But he’s not having it and dances away from her while she states her case for rest. It looks as if he has won the battle tonight, but the war is a totally different story.
3:59 a.m.: To Paul Oakenfold or to not Paul Oakenfold, that is the question on festival-goers’ minds as the sun begins its ascent into the Vegas sky. The combination of burnout and getting stuck in the parking lot fallout has caused quite a few to skip out on the 4:30 a.m. set. But for those that remain, Oakenfold welcomed the morning sun with a wicked trance set.
With only one day left, it will be interesting to see what special guests take the EDC stage on Sunday.