EDC Las Vegas Day 1 Recap Friday, June 17


Night one of the sold-out, 20th anniversary celebration of Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) has come to an epic close at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Hundreds of thousands of dance music fans have begun a journey, celebrating 20 Years Under the Electric Sky. The first night of EDC Las Vegas revealed a redesigned festival landscape complete with eight innovative stage designs, stunning new art installations, beautifully costumed theatrical performers and over five minutes of jaw-dropping firework displays.

Headliners from around the world experienced the debut of the kineticTEMPLE stage, encompassing an ancient temple of the owl community, surrounded by technology of the future. Spanning 446 feet wide and standing 95 feet tall, The Tree of Imagination served as a novel centerpiece, celebrating life, creativity, and the memories upon which EDC was built. Equipped with 1,400 light fixtures, 26 lasers, 33 flame units, and more than 800 LED panels, 70,000 Headliners witnessed unprecedented sets from the likes of Alesso, Jauz, The Magician, and Hardwell. Moby made a surprise appearance during a meaningful midnight ceremony, celebrating iconic EDC visuals and the unity of the dance music community, along with a vibrant fireworks show.

Perched on the vast grassy field, cosmicMEADOW, hosted by Audiotistic, took fans on a journey through an eclectic mix of live music formats, from electronic and hip-hop to turntabilsm at its finest. Stretching 253 feet wide and 60 feet tall, the towering stage featured more than 600 LED panels, twelve massive confetti blowers and sets from Flux Pavilion, Knife Party, and Chris Lake.

Along Rainbow Road, Headliners could scale through the 46-foot long jungle gym known as Jejunum, emitting a glowing light through each of its winding, steel ribs. Fans lounging under the beautiful, wooden SkyBridge art installation were treated to a surprise performance by Kaskade, playing a classic Redux set until sunrise.

This year, Carnival Square served as a centrally located one-stop-shop for attendees to refuel, relax and reenergize. Fans soaked up the festival scenery while enjoying a variety of amenities, including free WiFi, comfortable bean bags, live performances by costumed characters, classic carnival games, delicious bites and beverages, and more. With the election just around the corner, guests also had the opportunity to register to vote for free with the bipartisan organization, HeadCount, in Carnival Square.

For the first time, VIP Headliners could enjoy dedicated viewing areas at four different stages. Expanded offerings in these brand new spaces include elevated viewing decks, a secret 90s warehouse party, scavenger hunts, an oxygen bar, daybeds and pool tables, a by-appointment hair, makeup and beauty bar and much more. Overlooking the mass of dancing fans at kineticFIELD, the VIP Blind Owl Speakeasy served up specialty craft cocktails, including the Electric Daisy and the Beat Meister, with authentic Gastropub fares such as bacon mac & cheese, chicken & biscuit honey maple sandwiches, and chocolate brownie skewers.

Tonight, Insomniac also announced exclusively through EDC LIVE, the return of fan-favorite Halloween festival, Escape: Psycho Circus, to the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino on October 28 and 29, 2016.

For those who were unable to join us Under the Electric Sky, Insomniac introduced EDC LIVE Presented by Smirnoff, allowing fans everywhere to tune in on YouTube, Insomniac.com, LNTV.com and the official EDC Facebook Page, via the Live Video API, to watch all the magic unfold from dusk until dawn. The ground-breaking live stream brought the festival into the homes of viewers across the globe. Tune in from 11:30 p.m. PST to 8:30 a.m. EST on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19.

ses for night two! Gates will open at 7 p.m. We look forward to creating new memories in celebration of the 20th anniversary with you!



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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