Since its inception in 1997, Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) has evolved into one of the most talked about music festivals on the western seaboard of the United States. What was once a single day event in Los Angeles has now become an international spectacle experienced across the world. This year, the festival returned to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, attracting over 345,000 attendees throughout its three-day run, which easily topped 2011’s impressive feat of 230,000+ attendees. From sundown to sunrise, the festival offered an arsenal of the hottest electronic-dance music acts, carnival rides, flashy light shows, and a bevy of fashionable outfits. People love their raves out west and arguably EDC is the culture’s peak destination. Despite all this, it’s still in dire need of heavy improvements.
In all honesty, EDC Las Vegas is a logistical nightmare. The raceway is far from the ideal venue for such an event. There’s one way in, and one way out, and everybody is trying to get back to the same destination: the Las Vegas strip. That alone eats up most of your money, thanks to limos jacking the price up tenfold, while cab fares rise with every second that you’re stuck in traffic. And this year at EDC, everyone experienced the meteorological phenomenon of high desert winds, causing the festival to shut down on its second day at roughly one in the morning.
This was all very unfortunate, considering rave culture is one that embraces the ideas of love and happiness. (Let’s just say we’re elated the thousands of attendees weren’t pounding booze — that could have been disastrous.) But its because of the production value, and high billed performers such as AVICII, Steve Aoki, TiÃ«sto (who never actually got to play), Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, and Porter Robinson, that attract hundreds of thousands of people. In this situation, though, do the pros outweigh the cons? There’s an argument for either side, but in hindsight, it was still a spectacle.