Bringing in the first official day of summer, Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas, has come to a bittersweet close. A sold-out crowd of over 400,000 fans danced until sunrise at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway throughout three magical days. Electric Daisy Carnival’s landmark 20th anniversary celebrated dance music culture, creativity, and an appreciation of life’s beautiful moments.
A slew of surprise appearances and performances delighted fans all weekend. Tonight at kineticTEMPLE, Grammy Award winning artist, John Legend, joined Tiësto on stage for a performance of their hit song “All Of Me.” Chrissy Teigen watched backstage as the two artists also treated fans to the very first festival performance of their brand new single, “Summer Nights.” Skrillex took over the mic during the enigmatic DJ Marshmello’s set on cosmicMEADOW, and made an impromptu stop at neonGARDEN, joining Richie Hawtin on stage. Spotted in the crowds and viewing decks over the three-day festival were Calvin Harris, Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons, Lil John, Michael Trevino, and Olympic gold medalist Apolo Ohno.
Debuting a design almost three times larger than previous years, circuitGROUNDS welcomed fans into an open, immersive atmosphere with reimagined 360-degree special effects. Dreamstate, Insomniac’s dedicated trance brand, hosted the stage for the very first time at EDC Las Vegas, curating an incredible lineup with the likes of Paul Oakenfold, Markus Schulz, Gareth Emery and more. Paul Van Dyk’s performance was met with a roaring applause as he made his first festival appearance after overcoming a serious injury.
Paying homage to the origins of west coast underground dance parties, the upside-downHOUSE featured sets by early 90s warehouse legends. Fans were transported to a sonic sanctuary of good vibes and great music with sets by Doc Martin, Juan Atkins, Mark Farina and more.
As guests wandered the festival grounds, the Metaheart art installation beckoned people closer with its mesmerizing colors. The 23-foot-tall, mirror-clad structure reacted to each human touch, radiating beautiful hues in time with each heartbeat.
Guests also discovered a flashback in time, in honor of EDC’s 20th anniversary. Memory Lane acted a portal for fans as they travelled through a twinkly-lit walkway, lined with four massive LED video screens, highlighting the history of Electric Daisy Carnival with footage dating back almost a decade. The celebration continued throughout the weekend with more than 15 minutes of jaw-dropping firework displays that dazzled fans from start to finish. The sky was painted with a rainbow of neon lights as whimsical theatrical performers paraded through a crowd of awestruck fans below.
As the sun rose over the mountains and the last set came to an end, Headliners left Las Vegas Motor Speedway having been a part of a pivotal moment in dance music history.
Photos from Day 3 of EDC Las Vegas can be downloaded at http://insom.co/EDCLV2016. Photo credit can be found in the file name of each image.
Thank you for joining us and taking part in our incredible 20-year anniversary. We look forward to seeing you next year Under the Electric Sky!