Published Sunday, June 19, 2016 | 1:04 p.m.
Updated Monday, June 20, 2016 | 1:21 a.m.
More than 135,000 daily visitors have filled Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Electric Daisy Carnival through its first two nights. While many of the participants are return visitors to the festival’s sixth consecutive year in Las Vegas, others, including yours truly, are first-time EDC festivalgoers.
The experience has been unique, to say the least. But here are five notable things that have caught my attention — and I’d say to other first-time EDC-goers ahead of final tonight’s final evening of EDC of the carnival, its 20th anniversary this year, going forward.
1. It really helps to have earplugs.
With most of the eight full-size stages hosting DJs at the same time, extremely loud sounds are being blasted at eardrums from all angles. If you want to survive all three nights of the festival without losing too much hearing, do yourself a favor and use earplugs — even if just on occasion.
2. The landscape seems to go on forever.
“EDC is like its own little world,” one festivalgoer told the Las Vegas Sun on Friday. With more than 20,000 light fixtures, nearly 10,000 more LED panels, more than 15 free carnival rides, nightly fireworks and some 300 performers packed into LVMS, that couldn’t be much better said.
3. Think before going on carnival rides.
Sure, they’re included with your weekend passes, but do you really want to be spinning 75 mph in a large circle or dropping a couple hundred feet from a tower after a consuming a few drinks and who knows what else?
To EDC’s credit, there somehow wasn’t much vomit to be found anywhere on speedway grounds Night 1 and 2 of the festival. Festivalgoers are either showing remarkable restraint this year, or the venue has one helluva cleaning crew. I am thinking the latter.
4. No clothing is off-limits.
As long as you’re wearing something, it seems like it’s fair game at EDC. Through two nights of reporting, we’ve seen everything from Pokemon costumes to showgirl attire on festivalgoers’ bodies.
On the flip side, some EDC outfits have featured nothing more than body paint and small pieces of fabric covering birthday suits. But all attire seems to fit in the happy-go-lucky EDC crowd, where, despite its large number of attendees, you’re more likely to see people hugging than any kind of confrontation.
5. The EDC experience is perhaps best described as one word: Intense.
The closer you get to a stage, the more you’ll understand. Beyond the music, rides, food and fireworks, EDC-goers also can get married. Why not in the Entertainment Capital of the World?