Sunday, June 23, 2013 | 7 p.m.
The 17th annual Electric Daisy Carnival, back at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the third consecutive year, has attracted sold-out crowds of 115,000 fans on Friday and Saturday nights, with the festivities featuring more than 75 dance music acts across seven stages from dusk until dawn.
Among the attendees: Las Vegas’ sweetheart Holly Madison, her baby daddy and Insomniac founder Pasquale Rotella (Insomniac runs EDC), their baby girl Rainbow Aurora and friends; thanks to Denise Truscello of WireImage for her photo gallery. EDC and EDM icon DJ Tiesto headlined Night 2 on Saturday; thanks to Erik Kabik of Retna for his photo gallery.
On Night 2, interactive art installations offered a highlight throughout the festival, including “The Electric Daisy” by artist Poetic Kinetics, a 100-foot articulated moving flower rising above the attendees to dance, play and engage.
New to this year’s festival, The Flaming Lotus Girls introduced Soma, a 25-foot-high and 50-foot-long interactive sculpture. The piece includes fire effects that are controlled by fans from a distance, allowing them to communicate with the installation itself.
At 11:30 p.m. Saturday, the theatrical performers took over the complex with a parade interweaving through the show. Starting from the Circuit Grounds stage, more than 50 of the festival’s clowns, Lollipop Girls and more marched alongside the art cars. Several rode through on the Pushing Daisies art car, a float-style bouquet with female performers in character as flowers.
EDC returns for its final day today, with gates opening at 7 p.m. and then wrapping up at 5:30 a.m. Monday. We’ll be back Monday to wrap up this year’s three-day EDC.
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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