Thursday, June 19, 2014 | 9:55 p.m.
Electronic dance music fanatics will just be ending their nightlong rage and starting their trek home for bed from the 2014 Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as morning-shift workers wake for breakfast and prepare for a hard days work. The sun comes up as dawn breaks for two very different groups headed in opposite directions.
Pyrotechnics, neon strips and colored lamps will all light up the nighttime sky for dancing in the desert in the dark. It’s time again for the largest multi-day music festival in North America with a total of 400,000 fans (or, more accurately, the total attendance) expected this weekend.
The statistics are stunning out at LVMS for the three nights of EDC. Las Vegas plays host to more than 130,000 revelers there nightly through Sunday, and our Strip nightclubs have already thrown EDC DJ parties all week long.
Insomniac founder Pasquale Rotella, Holly Madison’s hubby, promises that this year’s EDC spectacle under the electric sky will be bigger and better than ever. He would know after producing more than 250 festivals and concerts for 4 million ticket buyers in its 20-year history.
It goes beyond the 200+ A-Z DJs (Afrojack to Zeds Dead) spinning across eight multisensory stages and the epic six-minute nightly firework displays, plus cannon and confetti blasts. Stages will come with walls of “fire” featuring 57 flame units, 42 CO2 cryojets, 12 stadium streamer shots, 57 lasers and 35 confetti blowers.
More than 500 costumed performers in outfits from fearlessly wild to perfectly pretty will add to the rainbow effects. This year, a 125-foot-tall Electric Daisy will stand over one-of-a-kind interactive art pieces, including the Knight Owl, Bamboo City and the Lily Art Pond, plus six art cars.
The massive 180-acre playground will have more than 30 carnival rides, including five Ferris wheels to give the Linq’s High Roller three nights of competition. There also is the Vertigo, Super Himalaya and classic bumper cars. As Pasquale says: “Whatever you want to twirl, whirl, flip or spin, we have something to excite you.”
Pasquale has 4,600 staff members on duty each day of the weekend to ensure that the two months of installations and preparations run smoothly over the next 72 hours.
You won’t go hungry out at LVMS: There will be 11 new food trucks alongside five new restaurants. Chef Keven Lee and Kitchen 24 will serve three-course gourmet meals overlooking the action on the VIP dining deck daily from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.
If romance is more on your mind than food in your tummy, marriage can be on the menu. There are two wedding packages ready for I Do’s in between all the back beats. A traditional or Elvis minister is available for a real wedding with legal filing or just a Wonderland Renewal or commitment ceremony.
If you don’t want to tackle traffic, there are a couple of choices: The parking lot of Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club just off the Strip will be the site of a six-hour party starting at 6 tonight with DJ Kristina Sky. Buy Hustler Hollywood erotica apparel and then drive out to EDC to show it off?
For the first time, Insomniac will broadcast the festival online with Electric Daisy Carnival Curated, and you can watch from home. More than 50 cameras will be set up at the eight main stages to capture the action.
“For years, I’ve debated whether or not we should broadcast EDC Vegas online,” said Pasqual. “But after watching other events adopt live streaming, I felt a traditional approach wasn’t for us.
“We’ve created something completely different. With EDC Curated, we produce a unique experience for people around the world to select and view handpicked footage highlighting different aspects of the show.”
The 7-Up-sponsored online feeds start at 8:30 p.m. PT Friday to 8:30 a.m. Saturday and again Saturday and Sunday nights at Insomniac.com and is a one-time-viewing experience never to be rebroadcast.
We are now hours away from the magic of EDC unfolding with Dubfire, Steve Aoki, Afrojack, Martin Garrix, Sander van Doorn, Hardwell, Armin van Buuren, Cedric Gervais and Steve Angello just a few of the opening-night spinners. Tiesto, Kaskade, Krewella, Alesso, Benny Benassi and Paul Oakenfold are set for Saturday, with Dash Berlin,, Calvin Harris, Paul van Dyk, Tommy Trash and Fedde Le Grand among the Sunday night sensations.
Check back to Vegas DeLuxe throughout the weekend with our daily reports of the night’s happenings. We’ll have photo galleries of the stars, DJs, fashions, carnival attractions and nonstop dancing.
It’s sunset to sunrise 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. starting Friday through Monday. One hint: Remember to use Snapchat real-time texting while you’re out there so that you can find your friends if you wander away from each other.
Enjoy EDC — we’ll have it covered from top to bottom and inside out!
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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