OMG OMG OMG! We feel like we HAVE to tell you every single thing about our EDC Las Vegas trip (did you get home and do that to someone?). But, it’s only coming back to us bit by bit (you too?), so for time and sanity’s sake, here are the LessThan3 team’s absolute favorite, deeply profound, “holy Hell!” moments from Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas 2014 that we will have on replay in our minds until next year.
1. When The E-D-C Chanting Made Tourists Kinda Want To Stay In Their Hotel Rooms For The Weekend
So we’re bending The Strip Thursday night when one person innocently enough shouts “EDC” in excitement, slowly encouraging an unstoppable rally cry booming down the entire block and scaring the confused masses clear out of their ill-fitting shorts–priceless.
2. Finally Reaching The Interior Of The Festival
We had to catch our breath, not from fatigue, but from awe–seeing the sprawling neon utopia from the elevated entrance made our hours of preparation, waiting, transit, and a little bit more waiting all completely worth it.
3. Finding That Perfect Seat In The Grandstands To Take In The cosmicMEADOW
Insomniac did a fantastic job of creating diverse stages that felt like venues-within-venues, like the grassy cosmicMEADOW stage with its outward-facing orientation and squishy green patch.
4. When Sluggers Threatened The Continued Stability Of Stage 7
Miami’s Sluggers nearly brought that poor thing to the dirt with a relentlessly bassy and fun-loving house set Friday night.
Stage 7 provided the flip side to the stadium-like cosmicMEADOW with a mid-Speedway nightclub complete with wraparound video screens and a mezzanine packed with dancing bodies. Yo, 7UP: can we get some cocktail waitresses next year or what?
5. When We Communicated Telepathically With The bassCON Monster
Andrew Rayel belted the crowd at the BassCon Stage with beastly trance mixes of popular big room and electro from his booth inside the gaping maw of the one-eyed creature, also filled with scaffolding and other pieces of the stage. Obviously, he’d been tearing it apart and eating it for a snack (nom nom nom… that’s him eatin’ the stage).
Somewhere between Rayel’s remix of Clarity and his EIFORYA collab with Armin van Buuren, we and our hungry Basscon monster had a moment.
With his singular eye peering out the right corner of his only socket, he seemed to beg the crowd for verification of what he was hearing: “Holy sh*t, are you guys hearing this? It’s amazing! Plus, it’s coming from inside my mouth! Man, that’s so trippy… what is going on right now..?”
6. When The Fireworks During Knife Party Made Us Want To Build A Little Hut And Live In cosmicMEADOW Forever
Knife Party took a break from pummelling fans with new and old “seizure music” at cosmicMEADOW to drop Legacy by Krewella and Nicky Romero while backlit by a breathtaking fireworks display. Knife Party even treated us to vocals from Rob Swire himself in a brand-new track from their forthcoming album Abandon Ship.
7. When Dillon Francis Put On A Suit To Sell Us His Moombahton
Dillon Francis made a clinching argument for moombahton’s vibrant health while wearing a snazzy suit for the raucous rump-shaker he threw in cosmicMEADOW, where standing was optional, but dancing, apparently, was not.
8. Finding An Easy-To-Use Bathroom–Great Moment Every Time
YES! Man, that’s perfect. Who’s picking out these photos? Get out of my mind…
Finding an available restroom wasn’t a dire challenge, but the 140,000 people who came to EDC didn’t come for the convenient bathroom situation. With that said, every time felt just like this, with celebratory sparks and smiles all around–figuratively of course. If you really saw sparks, you’d better get that checked out.
9. The Bass During UMEK
The neonGARDEN offered some of the most ear-splitting, chest-rumbling lower frequencies of the weekend, and UMEK put it to use as well as anyone for his 4 a.m. set on Day 2.
10. When A Marriage Proposal Made Everyone Tear Up A Little Bit
Two nocturnal lovebirds decided to be each other’s Sun & Moon for eternity during Above & Beyond’s set at kineticFIELD Sunday night. The video above tells a better story than we ever could, but… *sniff* sorry… gets us every time. A lifetime of happiness and happy raving for the lucky couple.
11. When Bassnectar Ended With Welcome To Jamrock
Bassnectar had some of the wildest, trippiest visuals on stage for his massive set. He dropped our favorite classics like Bass Head, his new anthem You & Me, and ran the full gamut of bass music genres, including impressive mashups that dipped into punk rock and hip hop. His encore affected the “atmosphere” of the cosmicMEADOW in more ways than one.
12. When Le Youth Brought Back The ’90s
Le Youth (pictured left with Plastic Plates) had us like Silly Putty in his hands on Sunday in the club-esque Stage 7 shakin’ like beepers to his nostalgic house party, and everyone was there–Salt-n-Pepa, TLC, Ginuwine–it was totally boss. He brought classic R&B and hip hop into the modern era and made them brand new to our ears in one of our favorite sets of the weekend.
13. Realizing “GAH! Those bassPOD pyro jets are no joke” during Sub Focus
The thus-far dark expanse in front of the bassPOD had room for encroachment, so we inched ever-closer to Sub Focus‘ imminent performance through the dimly lit bodies and found a spot that seemed strangely empty. “Alright, perfect!” But when the harmless-looking steel post we were standing beside belched a fireball Out The Blue and into the night sky, we backed off a bit and enjoyed Sub Focus and his hype man from a distance and with our eyebrows intact. Otherwise, you wouldn’t have been able to tell how blown away we were–you know, without eyebrows.
14. When Maya Jane Coles Dropped MLK’s “I Have A Dream” Speech
Deep struggles met deep house Sunday when Maya Jane Coles busted out her latest signature move on the neonGARDEN. MJC’s set was one of the best of the weekend by far, offering the chance to leave on a seriously high note filled with beautifully low bass tones and stunning visuals.
15. When Your Shuttle Driver Has Refreshments And A Special Route That Gets You Back In Less Than 4 Hours
See y’all next year!