Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas: 10 Highlights From Day Two

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EDC in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 20, 2015.

Following an opening day that showcased the festival's impressive new stage designs, Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas continued to weather hot temperatures on its second day. With a weaker Kinetic Field lineup than the previous night's triple-header of Kaskade, Martin Garrix and Steve Angello, fans found themselves more often in transit on Saturday, June 20, as they made the rounds to catch standouts scattered on various different stages. Here are 10 highlights from day two.

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9:30 p.m.: Trap duo Loudpvck embraced their early set on the Cosmic Meadow stage, but the kick-off was a little unsettling. "Where my f--ckin' '90s babies at?" screamed Ryan Marks into his microphone, "I said where my f--ckin' '90s babies at? Are we gonna get f--cked up tonight?" Given EDC's history, along with the string of tragic festival deaths that have become deeply associated with EDM, it was an ugly reminder of dance music's reality: Festivals tend to draw an uncomfortably young crowd that's intent on partying and pushing their limits. Do we really need to encourage it?

10:30 p.m.: In what was far and away one of the day's strongest sets, Disclosure performed in the Neon Garden tent and packed it to the brim. The British producers, Howard and Guy Lawrence, began with their 2013 hit "When a Fire Starts to Burn," and truth be told, it fit the atmosphere a little too well. With nighttime temperatures reaching upwards of 100 degrees, the tented dance areas became big saunas, spurring fans to tear off pieces of clothing and use cardboard signs to fan each other. (One fan's efforts were so spirited that their makeshift fan snapped in half.) 

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11:17 p.m.: Following a Deorro set replete with guest stars and dancing panda videos, Avicii takes the Kinetic Field stage to the percolating arpeggiator of an ID track commonly called "Hope in Your Heart." After sprinting through versions of David Guetta's "Lovers on the Sun" and his recent single "The Days," the Swedish star earns ovations for well known hits "Hey Brother" and "I Could Be the One."

12:00 a.m.: The Funk House stage is new to EDC this year, and it's one of the festival's best ideas yet, with a loose vibe that straddles a house party and a beloved dive bar. In an interview with Insomniac, mashup king Z-Trip, who is performing at the stage all three nights, said the experience is designed to feel like "digging for records," with DJs tossing on throwback tracks that suddenly put current music into perspective. But, perhaps more directly, it's a perfect place for fans to take a quick break from house, techno or trance without putting a halt on the evening. What's more fun than a renown scratch DJ spinning 2pac and Dr. Dre's "California Love" over Bassnectar's breakout hit "Bass Head"? 

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1:15 a.m.: Pretty Lights drops bass-filled funk beats at the Cosmic Meadow while the audience hoists inflatable bananas in time with his tracks. A woman in a glowing blue headdress dances with a gyrating man in a tye dye tank top.

"EDC! One time... make some noise for all the people in the place," the Colorado artist yells as fireworks rend the sky. "Whenever I go to EDC, it ruins the 4th of July for me, man," laments an attendee. "Nothing tops EDC."

1:57 a.m.: Eric Prydz lets loose at the colossal Circuit Grounds stage, whose sheer scale puts Coachella's Sahara tent to shame. As crackling lightning dances along an alien face's contours on the massive video screen behind the Swedish artist, a ludicrous number of white lights crisscross in the luxuriously large space above the crowd. 

Prydz is one of the few popular DJs who actually pushes his fans' tastes forward, and his set reflects it by interspersing popular favorites with broken-beat offerings featuring buzzing electro bass lines and techno sensibilities. While a smiling girl in the front row waves a monarch butterfly totem, Prydz transitions from chugging progressive house faire into a climax of slowed-down synths that marks his set's completion.

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2:00 a.m.: Duke Dumont has only performed his new live show a few times since it premiered at Coachella in April, but it's a special treat. Much like other out-of-the-box 'deep house' acts such as Disclosure and Gorgon City, he blends live instruments with DJ-ing in an effort to spice things up on stage. During his Saturday performance at Cosmic Meadow, he added a drummer and keyboardist into the mix and the pieces fit together perfectly. The crowd favorite? "Need You (100%)," his 2013 single that was nominated for a Grammy for Best Dance Recording. 

3:18 a.m.: Carl Cox holds court at the Neon Garden stage beneath a giant fuchsia pyramid spewing golden light from its top. The veteran stage curator layers multiple tracks to create a vigorous conglomerate groove marked by shuffling hats and buoyant bass lines, allowing airy synth breakdowns and pumping drops to guide the dancing masses between tension and release.

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3:58 a.m.: There'sa secret backstage enclave -- colloquially known in the artist compound as the "Ibiza Stage" -- where a cooling mist system surrounds a swimming pool in which inflatable orca whales and floating chairs drift peacefully.

"I wish it weren't so chilly here," a girl jokes. "...said no one ever at EDC."

4:42 a.m.: Dutch duo Showtek close out the sprawling Kinetic Grounds stage beneath its ever present owl's watchful green eyes. The brothers launch into their edit of MAKJ & M35's "Go" with an exaggerated build, prefacing the track's spoken hook "It's time to go if you don't dig techno."

While resilient ravers spin prismatic hula hoops beneath the lightening electric sky, the two siblings lead their late night crowd in a somewhat self-indulgent chant as sunrise draws near,

"S-H-O-W-T-E-K. What's that spell!?"


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