Fans get a better deem the beat picks up while watching Arty at Circuit Premises throughout the first night of the 2015 Electric Daisy Carnival on Friday, June 19, 2015, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Saturday, June 20, 2015|12:32 p.m.
2015 EDC: First Night
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The Buddha Garden includes a giant Buddha towering over the crowd on the first night of the 2015 Electric Sissy Carnival on Friday, June 19, 2015, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Fans gather at Phase 7 as the next artist readies to perform throughout the first night of the 2015 Electric Daisy Carnival on Friday, June 19, 2015, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Among the numerous art pieces during the first night of the 2015 Electric Daisy Carnival on Friday, June 19, 2015, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Fireworks explode during the first night of the 2015 Electric Daisy Carnival on Friday, June 19, 2015, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Night 1 of the 2015 Electric Daisy Carnival is in the books, and the fifth-annual electronic dance music extravaganza is back larger, much better, bolder and brighter than ever at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
I don’t take this grandiose statement lightly, as I have actually covered EDC Las Vegas every year considering that the first one in 2011.
The design and layout of 2015 EDC Las Vegas in the Speedway has never been much better. It’s more open this year. The compartmentalization of phases is not as segregated as years past, so there’s a simpler flow of traffic.
The new Carnival Square with numerous options for food and beverages, meet-and-greets, picture opps and services (cellular phone charging, massages)– plus, restrooms rather of outhouses– is a terrific and clever addition this year, and it acts as a good center-point for the 8 revamped, booming-and-bright EDM stages.
Good or bad depending on choice, the open design total means that 2015 EDC Las Vegas is a sensory overload– on optimum overdrive.
There likewise were the typical yearly missteps and headaches Friday night, however none of them were unforeseen:
Waits for shuttles– 5 hours ?!– and tickets were reportedly a nightmare. EDC fans are understood to be laid-back, but 5 hours would test anyone’s perseverance.
It was crowded and hot (however not unbearably hot like the daytime)– this is a first-night festival of 134,000, and it’s in Las Vegas throughout the very first weekend of summertime. Duh.
Parking in and out was the easiest yet in five years, however for others it was hours-long waits on I-15, Las Vegas Boulevard and entering and leaving 2015 EDC Las Vegas at LVMS– not a surprise there.
Cell phone service– calling and texting– was missing. Not a surprise there.
It was gross to see all the garbage that had accumulated by 4:30 a.m. today– and I’m fairly specific that a festivalgoer vomited right behind me throughout Martin Garrix’s thundering set in Kinetic Field from 2 to 3 a.m.
Question: Why do little groups rest on the ground in high-traffic areas? Yes, you’re tired, but it’s unsafe and horrible. Hoof it to the new Carnival Square.
Alas, all in a night at EDC.
Likewise from Night 1:
The new archway entranceway to Kinetic Field, with its brand-new Crystal Phase, resembles going into an EDM fairytale. Love it. Also onsite: art setups (consisting of live artists and the Art Garden), theatrical entertainers, fireworks and pyrotechnics galore, a relaxing Buddha garden and numerous Ferris wheels and rides.
The Crystal Stage is inspired by earth, fire, water and air; 480 feet wide and 100 feet tall, making it one of the largest phases in The united state and canada; and consists of 1,000 lighting fixtures, 40 lasers, 22 flame devices, 15 confetti blowers and waterfalls. It’s amazing.
Kinetic Field sets by Las Vegas headliners Kaskade (Repetition Beach Club and Surrender in Encore) and Martin Garrix (Omnia at Caesars Palace), at 1:30 and 2:30 a.m., respectively, were awesome.
They played their big hits remarkably choreographed to pyrotechnics and fireworks. Kaskade and Garrix yelled typically to the 10s of thousands of revelers packed in Kinetic Field, and both DJs likewise displayed their dance steps.
Las Vegas is a shame of riches when it comes to superstar-DJ headliners and EDM. Garrix spun throughout the grand-opening weekend of Omnia in March and Kaskade at the summer-season opening of Repetition Beach Club in April.
Both DJs were incredible during those occasions– and both men truly stepped it up on the Crystal Phase early today.
There are 152(!) free-water access points, misting zones and an air-conditioned room in Ground Control Oasis.
Insomniac has partnered with Yahoo! to curate the 2015 EDC Las Vegas live stream powered by 7UP. Tune into Yahoo.com/ EDC from 8:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. PST to experience the festival.
Insomniac has actually announced exclusively through the EDC live stream the return of fan-favorite festivals Escape All Hallows’ Eve from Oct. 30-31 in San Bernardino, Calif., and EDC Orlando from Nov. 6-7.
Statistics from Las Vegas Metro Police for 6 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. today: 9 misdemeanor citations, 4 traffic citations, 2 misdemeanor arrests, 0 gross misdemeanor arrests, 19 felony arrests (all narcotics associated), 1 DUI liquor arrest, 0 DUI drug arrests, 0 traffic mishaps, 0 traffic deaths, 506 medical calls (mainly minor, with 10 transports to an area medical facility)– and participation of 134,000 and 102 ejections per Insomniac Productions.
Outstanding numbers for a gathering of 134,000. Celebration people: Kindly stay hydrated and safe.
Night 2 of 2015 EDC Las Vegas starts at 7 p.m. today and continues through 5:30 a.m. Sunday. Check back for continuing coverage at the Las Vegas Sun and from our colleagues at Las Vegas Weekly.
Don Chareunsy is the Las Vegas Sun’s entertainment and luxury senior editor and has actually been a journalist for nearly two decades.
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & & Famous fame” has actually been a journalist for more than 50 years and has invested the previous 15 years offering readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum play area.
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