Wednesday, June 24, 2015|1:26 a.m.
The fifth-annual Electric Daisy Carnival has ended after three nights (Friday through Sunday) at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. An approximated 404,000 participants– 134,000 on Friday, 135,000 on Saturday and 135,000 on Sunday– gathered to celebrate music, art, creativity, self-expression and peace, love, unity and regard.
For the second successive year, EDC Las Vegas ended on a high note (musically, to be crystal clear) with a set by leading worldwide DJ Calvin Harris. Yes, he’s a homeowner at Hakkasan Group (Hakkasan and Wet Republic at MGM Grand and Omnia at Caesars Palace), however top-notch performances in mega-nightclubs are dwarfed by the raised and electrifying sets at EDC.
Harris most likely drew the largest crowd of the weekend at his Sunday evening set in Kinetic Field, and it didn’t disappoint with fans singing and dancing along to hit after hit– “Feel So Close,” “Summer,” “We Discovered Love,” “Blame,” “Bounce,” “Let’s Go,” “We’ll Be Coming Back,” “Sweet Absolutely nothing,” “Considering You,” “I Need Your Love,” “Outside” and more.
One excited tank-top-wearing male fan nearby shouted, “Calvin Harris is the man!” The 60,000 individuals in Kinetic Field– and Taylor Swift– most likely concur. (I wanted to remain for Alesso and Tiesto, but this journalist needed to be bright-eyed and pleasant for work Monday early morning.)
Prior to the night and 2015 EDC Las Vegas weekend ended, a final walk-through of the 8 stages reminded of how unbelievable and distinct each phase was this year at LVMS. Kinetic Field was the main phase, and where the majority of the weekend was spent, however Circuit Premises advised of many gay clubs throughout the years in San Francisco and West Hollywood (and that’s a good thing), and Waste Land seemed like a real rave in a deserted commercial park (was this set used in “Go”?).
Likewise, Bass Pod, with its “Star Wars”-esque design, was overrun my attractive guys putting on only vibrant and tight briefs (and that’s a good idea); Neon Garden’s centerpiece was a gorgeous moving chandelier; and Cosmic Meadow was huge, loud and proud. Funk Residence and Phase 7, powered by 7UP (one couldn’t miss out on the green lights) rounded out the eight phases.
Maverick Helicopters delivered VIPs to Las Vegas Motor Speedway heliport, and contributing photographer Tom Donoghue was onsite for arrivals and departures. He recorded Afrojack, Flosstradamus, Above & & Beyond, Dubfire, Apollo, Avicii, Armin Van Buuren, Art Department, Carnage, Snake, Kaskade, Martin Garrix, Tiesto, Nicky Romero, Dada Life, Alesso, Dimitri Vegas & & Like Mike, Flume and Pasquale Rotella and Holly Madison (sporting a long, pink wig).
Likewise on Night 3 (and Nights 1 and 2) at 2015 EDC Las Vegas:
The 8 epic phases of 2015 EDC Las Vegas showcased extraordinary creative design and amazing modern technology, consisting of the Circuit Premises phase, which captivated fans with exciting LED video panels, 452 lighting components and six confetti blowers.
More than 60,000 gathered at Kinetic Field to delight in some of the very best efficiencies in electronic dance music, consisting of Garrix on Friday night, Hardwell and Van Buuren on Saturday night, and Harris, Alesso and Tiesto on Sunday night.
The 480-foot-wide stage featured 6,500 video tiles, 400 lots of steel, 2 large waterfalls and 15 confetti blowers. This year’s Kinetic Field was a remarkable sensory experience commemorating earth, fire, water and air. And EDM, lest one forget.
The EDC Wedding Chapel welcomed fans looking to commemorate love and relationship through enjoyable or legal nuptials. Seventy-four legal events happened in the church situated in the humble district of EDC Town. The small EDC town consisted of a movie theater, saloon, speakeasy and working Post Office.
During the EDC Live Stream broadcast on Yahoo, fans tuned in from across the globe to enjoy DJ sets, behind-the-scenes video and more. The live stream aired on tvs throughout Brazil as Insomniac announced that EDC is making its way to Sao Paulo for the first time from Dec. 4-5 at Autodromo de Interlagos.
The EDC Live Stream consisted of surprises, among them Kaskade spinning a surprise visitor set atop the Mayan Warrior Art Vehicle, Garrix signing up with Julian Jordan’s efficiency and Diplo DJ’ing along with 4B on the 7UP Phase. Surprise visitors on Sunday night consisted of Dillon Francis at Cosmic Meadow and Hot Considering that 82 at Neon Garden.
Throughout EDC Week and the festival, winners of the very first EDC Week Charity Auction hung out in a VIP cabana with Rotella and Madison, made sushi with Krewella at Nobu and took a selfie with Hardwell onstage. The auction raised an estimated $70,000 for Culture Shock Las Vegas, a nonprofit committed to steering youth far from drug abuse, violence and hatred through performance art and dance.
Data from Las Vegas Metro Police for 6 p.m. Sunday through 6 a.m. Monday: 6 misdemeanor citations, 17 traffic citations, 1 misdemeanor arrest, 0 gross misdemeanor arrests, 31 felony arrests (mainly narcotics associated), 1 DUI liquor arrest, 0 DUI drug arrests, 3 traffic accidents, 0 traffic fatalities, 512 medical calls (mainly small, with 10 transports to a location medical facility)– and attendance of 135,000 and 48 ejections per Insomniac Productions. RIP to this year’s one casualty, a 24-year-old male.
In covering all 5 years of EDC Las Vegas, 2015 enters the record books as the favorite. Peace, love, unity and respect, certainly. #PLUR
Don Chareunsy is the Las Vegas Sun’s home entertainment and luxury senior editor and has actually been a reporter for almost 20 years.
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & & Famous fame” has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has actually invested the previous 15 years providing readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum play ground.
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