RECAP: Electronic Daisy Carnival 2013

July 1, 2013


It’s perhaps the biggest rave of the year. Welcoming more than 350,000 fans to the Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, LA promotion company Insomniac Events put on the 2013 Electric Daisy Carnival this past weekend – and it was bigger and more electric than ever before. Exploding with energy from 7 pm until 5:30 am for three consecutive nights, the electronic dance music fest offered fans everything they could possibly want at such a shindig, including carnival rides, dazzling light shows, dancers and performers bedecked in intricate costumes, and – perhaps to remind them that they are in Vegas, after all – an onsite wedding chapel. Y’know, just in case the urge to put a ring on it comes calling in the midst of all the (dance-fueled) chaos.

EDC was first installed in Los Angeles 17 years ago to what is now considered a measly crowd of 4000. As this past weekend’s festival has proven, the life span of the event has shown an exponential increase in both popularity and success, particularly for the company that birthed it. In fact, Insomniac has put on events for more than 2.5 million people ever since – and EDC 2013 has proven to be arguably their best.

Among the lineup at the festival were Harlem Shake remixer Baauer, Clarity hitmaker Zedd, six-time Grammy winner Skrillex, and DJ/producer Diplo (known for working with some of music’s greatest, including Beyonce and Justin Bieber), to name a few. It was a star-studded show in the name of electronic music, and fans could not possibly have hoped for more.

The Vegas romp was the biggest showing of EDC 2013, following two similar festivals in New York City and Chicago. It may only be the third year the Electric Daisy Carnival has played at Sin City, but if ticket sales are any indication, it won’t be the last.


-Shelley DeHekker


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