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January 16, 2018

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EDC 101: What to bring, where to park and how to get there


Sam Morris

A sculpture waits to be placed at the Electric Daisy Carnival Thursday, June 7, 2012, at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Electric Daisy Carnival preps for kickoff

KSNV reports that the Electric Daisy Carnival, known as the most over-the-top display of electronica, kicks off Friday, June 8.

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Here's a quick checklist of what you'll need to know to navigate the three-day Electric Daisy Carnival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend.

What: Electric Daisy Carnival, the country’s largest annual dance-music festival, taking place in Las Vegas for the second straight summer. (If you don’t know what EDC is by now, it probably isn’t for you.)

Who: A ton of DJs and other electronic music acts, from the superfamous to the relatively unknown. For the full lineup and set times, visit

When: June 8-10, 7 p.m.-5:30 a.m. (yes, 5:30 a.m.).

Where: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 7000 Las Vegas Blvd. N., located some 20 miles north of town.

Directions: Two options: 1. I-15 north, exit on Speedway Boulevard. 2. Las Vegas Boulevard north to Checkered Flag Lane. If you choose the latter and you’re coming from the east side, taking Nellis Boulevard north to Las Vegas Boulevard could save you some time.

Parking: Free at the speedway. Just make sure you get your car out each morning or it’ll get towed. Also, some spots are pretty far away, so we recommend comfortable shoes.

Tickets: Sold out, but lots are being offered on Craigslist and eBay. Three-day passes originally sold for $275.

Ages: 18 and up, though VIP areas are 21 and over.

Shuttles: Picking up at 12 casinos throughout the festival. Weekend passes — sold out and originally priced at $70 — were available on Craigslist at press time.

Weather: That cool spell that passed through town this week? Gone by the weekend, according to, which has the speedway hitting 101 and 98 on Friday and Saturday. Sunday is supposed to get cooler (93), and Saturday and Sunday nights should bottom out near 70, so plan accordingly.

Bring: Your ID, entry pass, cell phone (charged!), earplugs, small backpacks (12x12 max), Insomniac water bottles (which can be refilled for free) and sealed cigarettes. Also, fanny packs are acceptable ... at least by rule.

Don’t bring: Tents, chairs, coolers, pens, pacifiers, eyedrops, stuffed animals, food, drinks and weapons. Oh, and pets. Don’t bring your pets to EDC.

This story first appeared in Sun sister publication Las Vegas Weekly.

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