Thursday, June 16, 2016 | 1:58 p.m.
The EDM beat is on! The rides are ready! The fireworks are finished for firing. The wheels of steel are set to spin. The wedding vows of the nation’s first legal same-sex marriage broadcast at the festival are in place. This mother of all parties is just 24 hours away from exploding in the night sky.
The glorious 20th anniversary dusk-to-dawn celebrations of the Electric Daisy Carnival get underway Friday for 72 hours, but the parties up and down the Las Vegas Strip increase the temperatures tonight.
And that prompts a very serious cautionary warning. Even though everything is from sunset to sunrise, our desert keeps most of its daytime heat. The National Weather Service warns of 120-degree highs over the weekend and overnight temperatures still in the 80s, so drink plenty of water.
The world will get to watch it all when EDC LIVE broadcasts around the globe on YouTube, Insomniac.com, LNTV.com and Live Video API on the EDC Facebook page.
Millions of viewers from Australia to Argentina and the U.K. to U.S. will be transported to the 300-acre site of Las Vegas Motor Speedway with its eight massive stages, full-scale carnival rides and two beautiful wedding chapels for the first nationally recognized legal same-sex marriage broadcast.
Incredible lighting, theatrical performances, international DJ superstars, pounding pyrotechnics and sensational sounds make the sixth consecutive EDC at LVMS a worldwide winner.
The mind-blowing three-day EDC festival kicks off with a preview night of music as Tiesto debuts his Viva Vision show “A Town Called Paradise” at 8: 45 p.m. today on Fremont Street Experience, which literally turns into a five-block open-air nightclub.
Tiesto will play three handpicked numbers — “Secrets,” “Red Lights” and “Wasted” — to custom-sync to the stunning and gorgeous graphics. This launch ceremony will feature Tiesto explaining why he chose the “Town Called Paradise” title and songs featured in the show.
Tiesto’s production will be shown tonight at 9 and midnight for its world premiere, then nightly at midnight throughout EDC weekend and the summer schedule. Viva Vision is the world’s largest video screen spanning five football fields 90 feet high and 1,500 feet long.
Here’s the Royal Robin Rundown of the other DJ events today as the warm-up to the party of all parties:
Flosstradamus is at Encore Beach Club in Steve Wynn’s Encore
Major Lazer is at Encore Beach Club at Night
Borgore is at the Foundry in SLS Las Vegas
Bassjackers are at Light in Mandalay Bay
Marshmello is at Intrigue at Wynn Las Vegas
Above & Beyond is at Wet Republic at MGM Grand
Hardwell is at Hakkasan in MGM Grand
3LAU is at Liquid Pool Lounge in Aria
Jauz is at Marquee Dayclub at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Galantis and Loco Dice are at Marquee Nightclub
Oliver Heldens is at Jewel in Aria
Nicky Romero is at Omnia in Caesars Palace
Bassrush is at Rehab in the Hard Rock Hotel
Thomas Jack is at Tao Beach Club in the Venetian
Dreamstate is at Tao
Vegas DeLuxe will have full coverage of all three nights of the festival with a team of writers and photographers onsite to capture all the excitement, so be sure to check back Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
It promises to be the music experience of a lifetime with dancing Under the Electric Sky. Pasquale Rotella, founder and CEO of Insomniac, said:
“This has been an amazing journey and experience, one I am truly grateful for. I can’t wait for everybody to see what we have created to commemorate two decades of incredible memories.”
More than 300 of the world’s top dance music artists will perform in the fully immersive neon-lit playground. There are more than 20 art installations to explore, or witness the 72 wedding ceremonies that have been booked for the weekend.
Young DJs in training will be spinning all day at our McCarran International Airport welcoming passengers arriving for the festival.
And if you’re a little longer in the tooth than the frenzied festival fans, you can catch them in their psychedelic party frocks, torn and tattered tutus and lingerie dragging themselves home from 5 a.m. onward each day as you head to work in the morning rush hour.
Tis a sight to behold — and a platinum party like nowhere else on Earth!
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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