EDC Las Vegas 2016 Day 2 Recap Saturday, June 18


As the second night of the sold-out, 20th edition of Electric Daisy Carnival came to a close at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, fireworks lit up the sky above Headliners from around the world as they celebrated a milestone year in dance music.

The newly designed wasteLAND stage transported fans into an apocalyptic San Francisco landscape, boasting a monstrous crab attacking the Golden Gate Bridge and destroying shipping containers amidst a sea of shipwrecks. Headliners shuffled to the ultimate Basscon experience with sets by hardstyle artists TNT, Gunz For Hire, Adaro and more.

During the EDC20 celebration at kineticTEMPLE, Robin S surprised fans with a special live vocal performance of her iconic anthem, Show Me Love, a track that has captured the hearts of decades of dance music lovers. At Stage 7, Martin Garrix also made a fun-filled appearance during Julian Jordan’s epic set.

Eighteen full-scale rides decorated the festival grounds, immersing Headliners in a true carnival experience. The newest and most popular attraction, Big Splash Water Flume, kept fans cool as they took the plunge down the water slide.

In the bustling EDC Town, guests wandered through a sprawl of mock shops and vendors such as the EDC Theater, showcasing puppet shows, magicians, and stand-up comedy performances; The Post Office, mailing free postcards decorated in 20 years of EDC magic to any fan’s location of choice; the EDC Saloon, outfitted with a fully functioning bar and specialty cocktails; and The Little Red School House, hosted by eccentric teachers giving lessons in bizarre, nonsensical subjects.

Love filled the air as Headliners celebrated their commitment to each other during vow renewals and legal wedding ceremonies within EDC’s two new wedding chapels, located inside EDC Town. Representing two iconic pillars of EDC, The Chapel of Nature brought couples together amidst earthy tones and wood-carved hearts, while The Chapel of the Future resembled a portal to space and beyond. With history in the making, fans from around the world tuned into EDC LIVE Presented by Smirnoff to witness the first federally recognized same-sex wedding held at EDC Las Vegas. Inside the beautiful Chapel of Nature, the two Headliners promised a lifetime of happiness and love to one another in front of family, friends and viewers around the globe.

New for VIP Headliners, neonGARDEN offered a dedicated lounge with plush day beds under the gleaming 9-foot disco ball, while fans soaked up extended sets by Nicole Moudaber, Jonas Rathsman and Chris Liebing. The lounge was a gamer’s playground, featuring old school billiards, ping-pong, shuffleboard and foosball.

Throughout the night, 14 whimsical art cars weaved in and out of the crowd with eccentric performers, like the Sunshine Harleys and the Deep Sea Sirens, dancing aboard to the blooming beats. Traveling along the parade route, the Inky and Clyde Pacman cars playfully chased each other while fire-breathing Heathen and Kalliope illuminated Rainbow Road.

In an effort to remain environmentally conscious, Insomniac once again partnered with Global Inheritance to bring back the TRASHed Recycling Store, where fans could turn in recyclable materials to earn points towards exclusive prizes, like EDC merchandise and Insomniac festival passes. A new addition to the green efforts this year, festival food vendors were provided with Biotane barrels to collect and convert their cooking oils into usable biofuel.

In partnership with Uber, Insomniac encouraged guests to ride swiftly and safely when traveling home from the festival, by both car and chopper. Uber hosted a private lounge for fans, fully stocked with charging stations, shade and music to keep fans cool while they waited for their ride. Inside the festival, 160 access points of free, filtered water kept attendees hydrated.

EDC Las Vegas returns Sunday, June 19 for the final night of EDC’s 20th anniversary festival, with even more surprises and special sets in store! Gates will open at 7 p.m.


MrDread Is a writer, editor and photographer of the DreadMusicReview. He is an adventurer who travels as much as humanly possible, and has been to every state except Delaware.

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