“All are welcome here.” That’s the message Electric Daisy Carnival has for its participants this year, and evaluating from an inviting and successful first day, the slogan could not be more precise.
Like all EDCs prior to it, everything at the festival on Friday night was a sight to be seen, photographed and Instagrammed. From radiant mushrooms and daisies to light-up boom box automobiles, Ferris wheels and other carnival flights, Las Vegas Motor Speedway sparkled like a neon wonderland under the firework-studded electrical sky.
Roving entertainers– females dressed up as cartoonified piranhas, bees and “cyber angels”– traipsed the celebration grounds, and a procession of post-apocalyptic “animals” and steampunk mimes on stilts had everyone stopping to document the minute. There was even a fur-covered art car made in the similarity of an adorable pug young puppy.
However the genuine spectacle was the festival’s piece de resistance: the participants. Wild costumes and light-up kicks were everywhere Friday into early Saturday, not to mention the regular barrage of pasties, butt-baring shorts and loads of neon. mermaid-inspired face glitter is another substantial pattern this year, while furry boots seem to be on their way out. Go to the “Shine and Makeup Providers” booth and give your eyes and cheeks the sparkly, sequined EDC treatment for $10.
And we need to talk totems. Rick and Morty sightings were all over the Speedway (scream out to Mr. Meeseeks), along with a couple of Pokemon referrals (Pikachu, Exeggutor), baby Goku from Dragon Ball Z, unicorns, piñatas, boba tea, LED marijuana leaves and more.
While totem-toting festivalgoers get an A+ for creativity, others didn’t appear to obtain EDC’s extensive message. I counted 13 folks wearing headdresses on Friday– to which I advise checking out cultural appropriation and dumping the Native American-inspired headbands for something less offending.
When it comes to the music, Significant Lazer’s 1 a.m. Cosmic Meadow set was a lesson in supercharged dancehall-inspired house and trap. Blending struck after hit– the group’s own “Cold Water,” Flosstradamus’ “Mosh Pit” and Fat Joe’s “I’m All the Method Up”– Diplo & & Co. kept bodies leaping and hands pumping the entire time.
All in all, Day 1 saw a smooth start to EDC’s seventh year in Vegas– with 2 crucial takeaways heading into Saturday and Sunday nights:
1. Stay hydrated in this heat. This is apparent, but should be reiterated. If you or a good friend are experiencing lightheadedness, confusion or any other indications of heatstroke or intoxication, get to a medical camping tent instantly.
2. When you have actually parked at the festival, open your phone’s map application and mark your place. Likewise, take an image of the closest lot number. There’s nothing like looking for your car for hours in a dark parking lot to put a damper on an otherwise outstanding night.