Friday, June 17, 2016 | 2 a.m.
“Who’s gonna save the world tonight? Who’s gonna bring me back to life?”
“Save the World” by Swedish House Mafia was the final song I heard before the Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway ended for me in 2011, the first year EDC was in the Entertainment Capital of the World.
It was early Monday morning, about 5 a.m., as I made the drive home solo from LVMS to Henderson, while commuters on the other side of I-15 were heading to work.
It was an incredible memory, one that I remember like it was yesterday. Fast forward five years, and I’ve had the privilege of attending the five EDC festivals at LVMS for work, and this year will be No. 6.
I love electronic dance music, so EDC really isn’t work. Here are a few words of wisdom (although I’m not a particularly wise man) in covering the first five EDC festivals at LVMS as we head into the sixth consecutive year:
EDC is a celebration: All ages (from 18 to 80), genders, ethnicities and ideologies are welcome. EDC is truly a melting pot.
EDC is hot: Duh. EDC is in the desert. Even overnight, it’s still in the 80s and 90s. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
EDC is an EDM Mecca: If you can’t find a handful of DJs who you love on the list of 300+ DJs — yes, 300+ — well, then the problem is likely with you.
EDC is a work of art: Check out the art installations. Check out the different music stages. The annual production that is EDC is incredible.
EDC is safe: Unfortunately, there are a few deaths nearly every year, but, considering that the total attendance in three days is about 400,000, organizers, Metro, paramedics and everyone else do a great job keeping the music festival safe and running smoothly.
EDC is about giving back: Since the first festival in 2011, EDC has given back tens of millions of dollars to the Las Vegas economy.
EDC is about patience: Yes, the commute to and from EDC will suck. Talk with your friends. Sing along to and enjoy some great music. Yes, it will be crowded inside LVMS in certain areas. Be patient. We are all at EDC to have fun.
There are, of course, EDC haters — EDC is not everyone’s taste — but how can you knock it if you’ve never been?
Be safe at EDC, and have fun. Say it with me: We are all at EDC to have fun.
Be sure to check back this weekend for extensive 2016 EDC coverage — reports and photo galleries — by the Las Vegas Sun and our colleagues at Las Vegas Weekly.
Be sure to read the story by LVW’s Mike Prevatt about covering EDC the last two decades.
Here are 20 new things about EDC this year. And, finally, a tip of the hat to my LVW colleague and friend Mark Adams, who also covered the first five EDC festivals in Las Vegas but is likely to skip EDC this year.
Don Chareunsy is the Las Vegas Sun’s entertainment and luxury senior editor and has been a journalist for nearly two decades.
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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