Electric Daisy Carnival’s much talked-about debut in Las Vegas is almost here, and we at LessThan3 couldn’t be more excited for this historic event of all-night partying, killer DJs, and of course, Vegas baby. To celebrate, we’ve put together a list for you of the top five reasons you should be excited for this festival of biblical proportions.
Sander van Doorn & Afrojack & R3hab - Koko Prutataaa (First State Bashup)
These days, festivals all across the country are upping the ante in terms of length, and EDC Vegas is no exception. For the first time in the event’s 14-year history, there will be three whole days of music and madness, courtesy of forward-thinking events company Insomniac, who have promised in a recent press release that this year’s EDC “will be about full scale art," “deliver theatrical performance," and “encompass state-of-the-art special effects, all against a backdrop of carefully crafted sound design." In case that wasn’t enough to get anyone excited, and perhaps in an effort to separate themselves from other US festivals, they made it clear that they “are not concert producers; [they] are experience creators." What are we in for, LT3-ers? Read on.
The Electric - Toot Toot (Zeds Dead Remix) [OGS]
One qualm that many festival-goers have had in the past is the early ending time; who wants to stop dancing at 12am when the party should just be getting started? This is often because of city noise ordinance laws, but Vegas is… Vegas, so those rules apparently don’t apply. With hours listed on the site as “8pm ’til sunrise" every day, the party will be starting right when it needs to: when darkness falls. This provides the opportunity for some spectacular audiovisual shows, courtesy of industry leader V Squared Labs. With a client list that includes past EDCs, The Black Eyed Peas, Beyoncé, Kaskade, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, these guys are no strangers to large-scale events. V Squared has promised “groundbreaking technology unlike anything you have seen before," along with a fifteen-minute nightly firework display.
Patrick Bryze & Jim Tonique - Better World (Thomas Gold Remix) [Attractive]
Just far enough away from the Vegas metropolis to get a little crazier, and just close enough for easy transportation, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a 1200-acre complex normally used for racing events, will be turned into a three-day electro carnival. With plenty of space for multiple stages, carnival rides, and merchandise, festival-goers can have a great time without feeling suffocated by over-capacity crowds. There will also be easy access to and from the Las Vegas strip hotels and the speedway via a shuttle service, which is highly recommended as cabs for the weekend could be in the 400 dollar range. Purchase your shuttle ticket here.
Tritonal feat Meredith Call - Broken Down (Original Extended Remix) [Air Up There]
Vegas has welcomed EDC with open arms and the dance music community is grateful. Why wouldn’t they be–who doesn’t like partying in Vegas? The “City of Sin" was practically built for the purpose of revelry, so you’d be hard-pressed to find a US city better suited for nocturnal raving. Recently hailed by DJ/industry tastemaker Pete Tong as “second only to Ibiza" in terms of the dance music market, Las Vegas is taking over the American scene as the “go-to" destination for the best DJs, the best afterparties, and the best places to rest your head. In case you’re functional during the day, the strip is the ideal place to spend your time, with its many tourist attractions and visually stunning hotels and casinos.
Skrillex - Ruffneck (FULL Flex) [Big Beat]
We would be amiss to not put at #1 the topic on everyone’s lips–the artist lineup to end all lineups. Insomniac kept EDC-goers in suspense by waiting until the event was just a couple of weeks away before releasing the artist itinerary, but it was well worth the wait. Headliners include David Guetta, Tiesto, and Swedish House Mafia, along with a host of artists set to appear across six stages. Genre-wise, there is something for everyone, as the DJs slated to appear run the gamut from trance to house to dubstep and beyond. Notable appearances include Skrillex, Feed Me, Wolfgang Gartner, Rusko, Richie Hawtin as Plastikman, Markus Schulz, and Showtek. View the full lineup here.