Sunday, June 21, 2015|7 p.m.
No, there was in fact no hangover today. It’s impossible when one sticks with only water on Night 2 of the 2015 Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. (Pre-owned smoke from cannabis is another matter– contact high, any individual?.)
But after an amazing Night 1, led by Las Vegas headliners Kaskade and Martin Garrix, going back to 2015 EDC Las Vegas started with a little fatigue and the odor of Friday night’s party in the air.
Fortunately, an outstanding fireworks display– does it get any much better anywhere?– at 1 a.m., a remarkably touching nod to Dad’s Day and pounding sets by Hardwell, DJ Magazine’s reigning, back-to-back top world DJ, and Armin Van Buuren pushed the stupor to the side.
After a set from Above & & Beyond, with a surprise intro by Emmy Acclaimed actor Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), the fireworks captivated the crowd ahead of Hardwell’s set at Kinetic Field, and there was loud applause at the end.
Before Hardwell took the phase, a videomontage of daddies and EDC fans was played starting with an image of EDC guru Pasquale Rotella and his daddy. The homage generated tears and an unexpected amount of emotion at this fifth-annual electronic dance music festival.
Hardwell lived up to his title as the world’s leading DJ. It was my very first time watching and dancing to a complete (well, 70-minute) Hardwell set, and it didn’t dissatisfy. It was high-energy from start to finish, and I was nearly spent by the end. Rumors of a hip-hop and rumbaton set didn’t pan out, although there were little samples of each.
Night 2 for this reporter ended with a set by the famous Van Buuren, whose admirers include Hardwell. Van Buuren’s set last year included Idina Menzel’s “Let It Go” from “Frozen.” The sing-along? His hit “This Is Exactly what It Feels Like,” of course.
Hardwell and Van Buuren’s work Saturday night consisted of a lot of clapping, putting hands up in the air and jumping. What a Night 2. Outright exhilaration and fatigue? Yes, this is what they seem like.
Also from Night 2:
Night 2– with more costumed entertainers, art setups and, naturally, sets by the world’s emerging and top DJs– was supposedly sold out, just like Night 1, with 135,000 revelers taking to LVMS, up 1,000 from the night prior to.
Night 2 was the best commute yet off hours. There was no traffic even upon arrival at LVMS. Are others utilizing sides streets– Cheyenne Opportunity exit (or Craig Road), then Las Vegas Boulevard?
For attendees who favor harder styles of dance, the Waste Land stage hosted by Basscon showcased hardstyle performances on a new phase design. DJs spun from the torch of Girl Liberty surrounded by 32 trashed cars with graffiti, freight-train containers and a military helicopter.
Executive chef Keven Lee served a three-course, sit-down supper at the Balcony restaurant with a view of Kinetic Field. Fancy. (However fortunately not Iggy Azalea “Fancy.”)
2015 EDC Las Vegas includes two-dozen carnival trips, including four Ferris wheels, Super Slide, Zipper, Vertigo, Cliff Hanger, Rampage and Ring of Fire.
At midnight, EDC theatrical performers the Sparkle Pops, Armed force Brats, Cosmic Cuties, Bumble Bee Honeys, Cyber Angles and Toy Soldiers paraded through the new Carnival Square.
And the Funk House phase, new this year and a 360-degree phase structure made from discovered and recycled materials, featured groove, nightclub, soul and hip-hop.
Data from Las Vegas Metro Cops for 6 p.m. Saturday through 6 a.m. today: 5 misdemeanor citations, 0 traffic citations, 8 misdemeanor arrests, 2 gross misdemeanor arrests, 26 felony arrests (all narcotics associated), 1 DUI alcohol arrest, 0 DUI drug arrests, 1 traffic mishap, 0 traffic fatalities, 408 medical calls (primarily small, with 7 transportations to a location hospital and, unfortunately, 1 fatality)– and attendance of 135,000 and 69 ejections per Insomniac Productions.
This year’s first death at 2015 EDC Las Vegas was reported today, and the following statement was released from Insomniac Inc.:
“We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the guy who passed away. The health and safety of our fans are Insomniac’s first priority, and we take every procedure to create a safe environment.
“While the reason for this disaster will spend some time to determine, we ask that you keep his enjoyed ones in your ideas and prayers. Tonight and every night, we ask all our fans to look after themselves and one another.”
The last Night 3 of 2015 EDC Las Vegas starts at 7 p.m. today and continues through 5:30 a.m. Monday. Inspect back for continuing coverage at the Las Vegas Sun and from our associates at Las Vegas Weekly, consisting of a 15-year appearance back from Mike Prevatt.
Don Chareunsy is the Las Vegas Sun’s home entertainment and luxury senior editor and has actually been a journalist for nearly two decades.
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