The Best and Worst of Electric Daisy Carnival

Josh "CuriousJosh" Reiss

If there is any lingering question about the mass popularity of electronic music, one need look no further than Electric Daisy Carnival. We'd be remiss to call EDC the "Woodstock of EDM," because even one of rock's most iconic festivals doesn't hold a candle to the production, logistics, and near incomprehensible grandeur that is Insomniac's flagship rave. To call it a party would be diminutive and downright disrespectful. For three days at the end of June, EDC is an ephemeral nation unto itself with a population of more than 300,000 whose primary export is bass.

We were among the masses at Electric Daisy Carnival over the weekend. Here is the best and worst of what we saw, heard, smelled, touched and felt:

See also: Electric Daisy Carnival's Pasquale Rotella on When the EDM Bubble is Going to Pop


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Electric Daisy Carnival Means So Much. Here's Why.

Josh "CuriousJosh" Reiss

Electric Daisy Carnival, which ended early this morning, promotes itself as being "all about the experience," and it's indeed much more than just a bunch of DJ sets and some carnival rides in a parking lot. There's a reason fans from around the world (115,000 of them!) descended on Las Vegas this past weekend.

For many of them, EDC a festival-land hero's journey. At its peak, it's nothing short of sacred -- and, at the very least, a mother lode of rave-style fun.

This was the 17th year of EDC. Here, attendees weigh in on what the festival means to them.

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People Are Getting Married at Electric Daisy Carnival

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A new feature this year at Electric Daisy Carnival is a wedding chapel, which is not actually a chapel but an outdoor deck area tricked out with an arch made of fake flowers. Here couples can legally tie the knot -- or just take part in a commitment ceremony and be "rave-married" for the weekend.

In the past two days, eight couples have been legally wed, via EDC's partnership with the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel. Dozens more have gone the EDC-fake marriage route, standing under the arch, trading candy rings and participating in non-legally binding celebrations of love under the glowing lights of the Ferris wheel.

We spoke to three of these couples on what getting EDC-married means to them.


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This Is What's On the Ground at 6 a.m. at Electric Daisy Carnival

So much of this stuff

Last night 115,000 ravers, kandi kids, bros, babes and other assorted fun lovers turned out for the second evening of Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas. The city-sized electronic music mega-party started at dusk and featured sets by 75 artists including Avicii, Carl Cox, Tiësto, Wolfgang Gartner, Empire of the Sun and Major Lazer. The air temperature was damn near perfect, the crowd was loose but not rowdy, and the light-up art installations, fireworks, parade, stilt performers and carnival rides were all legitimately dazzling.

It was an epic party that went all damn night, straight on 'til morning. By the time the full moon was setting, the sun was rising and Dutch hardstyle producer Headhunterz was closing the Kinetic Field stage, a mainstage area that fits 80,000 people, the festival grounds were a bit of a mess. A rave-ey mess!

Here are some of the more notable items found on the ground this morning at dawn:


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Ten Questionable T-Shirts Seen at Electric Daisy Carnival

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Because one idea is synonymous with the other.

Electric Daisy Carnival started Friday in Las Vegas, bringing the EDM generation out en masse to celebrate its love of sensory overstimulation and all things electronic. The scene inside the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where the festival is being held, was a sight to behold, with fireworks, complex stage productions, lights, carnival rides, lasers, art installations and music on seven stages.

Nothing about this festival is subtle, clothing included. While the look for ladies erred on the side of mostly naked, many of the dudes went with a frat rave look via statement t-shirts. Here, some of the most eyebrow-raising messages spotted at the first day of EDC.

See also: Electric Daisy Carnival's Pasquale Rotella on When the EDM Bubble is Going to Pop

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Electric Daisy Carnival's Pasquale Rotella on When the EDM Bubble is Going to Pop

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Dance music's least likely purist, Pasquale Rotella, head of Insomniac Events and the brain's behind this weekend's Electric Daisy Carnival, has been making people dance for the last twenty years, throwing parties everywhere from L.A. warehouses to New York stadiums. Yesterday, we spent an hour talking about how that experience sets him apart from other promoters, and when the EDM bubble will inevitably burst.

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Top Ten Awkward Electric Daisy Carnival Dance Move GIFs

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Chris Victorio
By Christopher Victorio and Ben Westhoff

We love you, Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas. In fact, here are five reasons why you rule the roost. But my oh my you dance funky. We're not saying we're any better; truth is, we're utterly captivated by you and your awkward ways. Were God to create a third left foot, we know you would utilize it. Here, then, are the top ten awkward EDC Las Vegas dance move GIFs.

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EDC 2012: The Underground Has Left The Building

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Christopher Victorio
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Twenty years after rave culture first entered the American mainstream, the success of a festival like Electric Daisy Carnival makes one wonder: Can electronic dance music retain its warehouse roots and peace, love, unity and respect (PLUR) on this level?

EDC, whose organizers claim they sold out this year's event in Las Vegas with a three-day audience of 300,000, has taken EDM to levels previously unseen in the United States.

Massive stages, booming sound systems, and DJs who are now studio A-listers (David Guetta) and arena-rock stars (Kaskade) can't help but inspire debate over whether this event has indeed become a mainstream showcase, as its promoters argued before raves were shut out from the L.A. Coliseum last year and EDC moved to Vegas.

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EDC 2012: After Canceled Night, EDC Closes Fest With Massive Turnout

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Christopher Victorio
See also: EDC Vegas Pulls Plug on Music Due to High Winds

Organizers of the second annual Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas declared the three-day party a success , despite high winds that cut its marquee night short on Saturday.

Promoters say a whopping 115,000 people were in attendance on Sunday, during which David Guetta, Avicii, Dirty South, Chuckie, Morgan Page, John Digweed, Armin Van Buuren and others performed.

On Saturday ..

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EDC 2012: Electric Daisy Pulls Plug On Music Due To High Winds

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Christopher Victorio
EDC ravers
[Update at 2:48 a.m]:

EDC is over for the night. Organizers are waiting for crowds to thin out before making an official announcement. More details and older updates at the bottom.


Electric Daisy Carnval in Las Vegas tonight was shut down temporarily as a result of high winds buffeting tall sound stages. A representative of the Los Angeles-based promoter said the music shut-down was temporary and that winds were being monitored to determine when fans could return to the stage areas. Patrons were told ...

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