Monday, June 24, 2013 | 4:28 p.m.
The third and final night of the 17th annual Electric Daisy Carnival came to a safe and successful close at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday night and through this morning with a sold-out crowd gathering under the electric sky for the third annual three-day event.
Pasquale Rotella, CEO and founder of Insomniac, which oversees EDC, made Sunday at EDC memorable for Holly Madison, the mother of their baby girl Rainbow Aurora, by officially proposing on a Ferris wheel (the couple has set a wedding date for September). Their guests included Josh Strickland, Alex Acuna, Tanya Popovich, Tom Recine, Mike Snedegar, Laura Croft and Grammy-winning DJ Afrojack. Our thanks to Denise Truscello of WireImage for her exclusive photo gallery.
Animated theatrical performers and interactive art installations enveloped the festival grounds alongside eight art cars providing roaming entertainment, including the Rockbox, a boom box-inspired vehicle that includes its own sound system. A fireworks display began at 2 a.m., while pyrotechnics lit up all seven stages until dawn.
This year’s Discovery Project showcased 30 aspiring DJs/producers, allowing them to perform on their own stage in the heart of festival grounds at LVMS. Alumni from last year’s competition also performed over the three nights, promoting the development of emerging EDM talent.
An estimated 80,000 fans gathered at Kinetic Field for the Night Owl Experience, a brainchild of Rotella (and owl fan Madison?!). Incorporating audiovisual elements and special effects, a theatrical cast took over the stage alongside the 100-foot-tall owl while hundreds of glowing beach balls dropped from the sky and a spider’s web crawled over the sea of fans. Kinetic’s headliners Sunday night included Calvin Harris, Dash Berlin and Above and Beyond.
Check out our extensive coverage — stories and photo galleries galore — at our sister websites LasVegasSun.com and LasVegasWeekly.com. EDC continues its journey overseas for the first EDC London on July 20 at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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