EDC Vegas 2017 Preview: 15 Sets to Not Miss
Electric Daisy Carnival's flagship festival in Las Vegas gears up for another weekend under the electric sky, beginning this Friday (June 16).
With more than 230 artists set to perform this year and numerous back-to-back sets in place, there's a plethora of acts to see at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. There will also be several art car stages cruising around the track hosting talented acts from sunset to sunrise.
Before busting out your maps and schedules, Billboard Dance has picked 15 sets across the weekend that you will not want to miss.
FRIDAY, JUNE 16
Audien b2b 3LAU, CircuitGROUNDS, 3:00 – 4:15 a.m.
When two melodic minds come together, expectations are going to be high. Good friends Audien and 3LAU will be going back-to-back and have promised to play out their "Hot Water" collaboration, which drops June 16. -- David Rishty
Brownies & Lemonade, Art Car, All Day
If you’re haven't heard of Brownies & Lemonade, it’s time to do your homework. The L.A. events group is known for crafting secret, eclectic lineups and packing rooms to capacity. They've hosted everyone from Skrillex and Valentino Khan to Jai Wolf and Louis The Child. -- DR
Nicole Moudaber, neonGARDEN, 2:45 – 4:00 a.m.
When in doubt, leave it to the pros. Nicole Moudaber is a veteran in the techno scene who's collaborated in the past with Carl Cox, Adam Beyer and more. Get lost in the hazy beats and dark refrains. -- DR
Trippy Turtle, circuitGROUNDS, 4:15 – 5:30 a.m.
Festival-goers will be able to see Trippy Turtle at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend. He’s given the jersey club treatment to mainstream cuts like Calvin Harris' "Slide," Soulja Boy's "Crank That" and Drake's "Controlla" to name a few. Be sure to tune into this peppy set. -- DR
GTA, kineticFIELD, 10:13 – 11:13 p.m.
With its roots in Miami and a new home in Los Angeles, this duo knows rhythm and bass like no other. "Death to genres" is the battle cry, and collaborations with Martin Solvieig, Vince Staples, and What So Not are the living proof. GTA opened for Rihanna on her European leg of her Diamonds World Tour, so trust that the creative beat makers know how to rock a huge crowd. These guys can play it funky, they can make it sweet, and they can def get a bit naughty. Listen to GTA's debut album Good Times Ahead, and make sure that booty is ready to move. -- Kat Bein
SATURDAY, JUNE 17
Snails, bassPOD, 1:30 – 2:30 a.m.
Watching Snails live is an experience like no other. The vomitstep leader has paved his way to the top of the bass circuit by blitzing rail riders with gut-flipping wobbles and gurgles. His EDC set will be no exception. -- DR
Shaun Frank, kineticFIELD, 7:00 – 8:10 p.m.
Shaun Frank is a man of many talents. The DJ, singer-songwriter and producer is on the cusp of breaking into prime dance-pop territory with releases like "No Future" and "La La Land" with DVBBS. He also co-wrote The Chainsmokers' hit single "Closer" featuring Halsey. Get on the Frank tank early and catch his set. -- DR
Mija, cosmicMEADOWS, 4:00 – 5:30 a.m.
Expect the unexpected from Mija. Her live sets swing from genre to genre, laying you under some bass heat before cooling you off with house grooves. Be prepared to go down the rabbit hole. -- DR
Jamie Jones, neonGARDEN, 2:00 – 4:00 a.m.
Chill out to the house vibrations of Jamie Jones. The London-based artist will be playing a proper two-hour set that stays true to his sound. Don't expect to be hearing any crowd favorites. Instead, he'll be playing out groovy house tunes that are meant for fan discovery. --DR
Ferry Corsten, quantumVALLEY, 11:30 - 12:30 a.m.
A living legend in the trance world, Ferry Corsten represents the past, present, and future of dance's most elegant genre. The Dutch DJ will conjure beautiful spirits from every corner of the dance floor. It will rain silver essence with every emotional drop, and you bet your ass there's gonna be a bunch of fireworks for this one. -- KB
SUNDAY, JUNE 18
Alison Wonderland b2b Diplo b2b Jauz, kineticFIELD, 1:28 – 2:26 a.m.
This has never happened before – at least, not in a setting where we could all see. These three basically guarantee a face full of bass, but it's gonna come with so much personality. None of these producers allow them to be put in a box. All of them come with USB "crates" full of rare gems and hidden treasures. No doubt they're going to have tons of fun up there, and when the DJ is having fun, we feel that in our happy feet. -- KB
Chet Porter, cosmicMEADOWS, 3:20 – 4:30 a.m.
It's late in the game. Your feet are tired. You wonder how you can go on. Then, somewhere in the distance, you hear the adorable twinkle of a xylophone. You hear the effervescent sheen of hope. It is Chet Porter's pastel-colored magic wafting through the air to lighten your heart and re-pep your step. It will be a time of innocence remembered and woes forgotten. It will be the closest thing to perfect you can have this close to sun up. Don't sleep. -- KB
GRiZ, bassPOD, 2:25 – 3:30 a.m.
Reppin' Michigan with a funky, genre-blending sound, GRiZ is a musician who stands for true musicality. He's beloved by festivalgoers of all kinds for his funky, fresh mix of jazzy instrumentation, electronic texture, and hip-hop rhythms. His music has a classic attitude, a brassy edge you find in NoLa streets with a club undertone. This one set that won't sound like the rest. -- KB
REZZ, circuitGROUNDS, 10:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Dark, basement techno with heavy attitude and gritty edge is what had deadmau5 chompin' at the bit to sign this wild youngin'. She's creative and consistent, and word on the street is she is a real ruthless deck slayer. REZZ has been a buzz magnet since she first hit the blogs in 2015. Come see what the hype is all about. You won't leave disappointed. -- KB
DJ Khaled, cosmicMEADOWS, 12:10 – 1:10 a.m.
From loud-mouthed Miami drive-at-five radio DJ to star-studded, key-beholden Snapchat King, DJ Khaled is one of the most flagrant and flashy producer/DJs on the scene. Sure, he's a hip-hop boss, but his beats run the gamut from Jersey club to R&B ballad, dark trap, pop smash, and more. The best part about a DJ Khaled set? He is bound to bring out guests most DJs can only dream of. And this is EDC Vegas, a place famous for special appearances. Who will show up this weekend? You have to be there to find out. -- KB