Monday, June 23, 2014 | 4:33 a.m.
2014 Electric Daisy Carnival Night 2/Insomniac
This recap of Night 2 at the 2014 Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was written after attending Night 3, so the following analogy can be made with confidence:
Night 2 at EDC was like “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers”: It was great, but it was a bridge between the new and exciting Night 1 at EDC/“The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” and the best of the three, Night 3 at EDC and the Oscar-winning “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”
EDC has returned to town for the fourth consecutive year, and there were a few “LOTR” costumes among the hundreds of thousands of EDM revelers. Gandalf and Legolas, anyone?
Highlights from Night 2:
Traffic on Night 1 was heaven — 30 minutes to LVMS from Henderson and another 30 minutes back at 4 a.m. Traffic on Night 2 was backed up for miles and very frustrating — three times as long to get to LVMS than the night before at a whopping 90 minutes.
But karma returned, as the final valet spot was secured, and the expedited media line for entry was discovered (bypassing the security line and saving probably 30 minutes), unlike Night 1.
Mark Adams and Mike Prevatt, two colleagues at sister publication Las Vegas Weekly, are absolutely correct: The amount of trash at EDC is dis-GUST-ing. To be fair, trash cans are difficult to find, let alone recycling bins, but still … gross.
Two-time America’s Best DJ winner and Marquee at the Cosmopolitan resident DJ Kaskade gave an animated headliner set at Kinetic Field — literally in that much of the accompanying visuals were animation. He has amassed quite a following the past five years, and the devoted crowd at the largest stage at EDC was jam-packed.
Tiesto, longtime the king of the DJ world and respected by his younger counterparts — nearly every DJ I’ve interviewed in the past few years cite Tiesto as an influence and/or idol — showed why he remains at the top of the field with a high-energy and visually stunning set. “Red Lights” and the Hakkasan at MGM Grand resident DJ’s remix of John Legend’s No. 1 mega-ballad “All of Me” were crowd favorites.
The all-encompassing fireworks show at 2:30 a.m.: Awesome.
Also: The second night of EDC featured more than 65 acts, including up-and-coming artists from this year’s Discovery Project. Recipients were expanded beyond aspiring DJ/producers to include art installation, stage and costume-design winners.
And carnival isn’t in the title of Electric Daisy Carnival for nothing, as the annual festival this year included more than 30 complementary rides and five Ferris wheels mixed in with 20 large-scale art installations, including the reimagined Electric Daisy. The 125-foot structure featured LED lights and 45-foot white petals.
The Bass Con stage unveiled a new design that engulfed the DJ booth at the mouth of a 65-foot-tall, apocalyptic Cyclops surrounded by 26 large, graffiti-stained steel containers and crushed automobiles. Awesome.
Please check back later today for a report from the final night of 2014 EDC, which featured the best DJ set of the weekend. Hint: He likes to talk about meeting you in the summer.
For more Electric Daisy Carnival news, see our complete coverage.
Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
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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