8 music stages, more than 135,000 daily attendees and almost 200 of the world’s finest DJs filled the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend, forming The United States and Canada’s biggest electric music festival and an ever-growing part of Vegas’ home entertainment identity.
Those at the Speedway over the weekend consisted of not only 10s of countless ravers from California and Nevada, but those traveling from as far south as Brazil, as far north as Iceland and as far east as China for exactly what some called “the opportunity of a lifetime.” And while many of this year’s Electric Daisy Carnival participants were going back to the celebration after having experienced it in previous years, others marveled at the very first and possibly only time they’ll have the possibility to celebration under the electric sky.
LA resident JaJuan Engle went to EDC for the first time Friday night at age 35. Engle, who stated he had “constantly wished to go” when the festival was held in his hometown for its very first 13 years, and in Las Vegas for the previous six years, could never ever manage the expense of the three-day festival admission wristband, which reached $335 this year.
EDC Vegas 2017 Day 2 After landing a promotion at a Pasadena-based Vons supermarket in January, Engle, now married with two kids, persuaded his spouse Jasmine not only to let him purchase an EDC wristband, however to join him at LVMS this weekend and satisfy his teenage dream.
“If I never come to this again, I simply wished to state that I did it,” stated Engle, standing in a tank top, denim shorts and a pair of all-white Nike Flying force 1 shoes outside the Kinetic Field phase throughout a set from DJ Will Sparks. “I’ll remember the brightness of the lights and particularly the feel of the bass from all these DJs.”
At the Cosmic Meadow stage, Belo Horizonte, Brazil locals Paolo Cielo, 22, and Thaisa Alves, 21, took turns waving a 10-foot tall Brazilian flag totem during DJ Porter Robinson’s set early Sunday early morning. The 2 university students were part of a group of 15 Belo Horizonte natives that had actually saved money for the much better part of the last 12 months working numerous tasks– from retail store clerk to cabby– to make their EDC debuts this weekend.
Their awestruck faces, illuminated by the flashing stage lights, appeared to verify their stated satisfaction of the festival. “We came to Las Vegas simply for this,” a shirtless Cielo stated in his native Portuguese. “Sure, the Strip is the most popular, and the shopping is terrific, however EDC is special.”
“There’s no place I ‘d rather be this weekend,” Alves included. “This is extraordinary.”
While electronic dance music is considered a niche industry in their homeland, Jing Yang, 19, Liu Fang, 18, and Kevin Liang, 19, stated they hope names like Tiësto and Armin Van Buuren soon become mainstream in China, as the DJs have in numerous other developed regions across the world.
For the time being, the chance to see such artists live is a rarity for the three Tianjin natives, who also went to EDC for the very first time this weekend. On Saturday, Yang, Fang and Liang– all wearing red T-shirts with a variety of glowsticks and “kandi” beads hung from their neck– danced outside the Circuit Premises stage throughout performance by DJ Oliver Heldens.
“We’ve traveled a long method to see this,” Yang said. “Now is our time to delight in.”