Let me start off by saying that last year I said that I would be attending my last EDC Las Vegas... Well, I lied. I attended my 13th EDC this year, and I’m already planning out next years trip. The Las Vegas Motor Speedway has transformed into such a magical place, that I don’t ever see myself not attending. At least not anytime soon. Especially as each year seems to improve exponentially. The FOMO is real!
I arrived in Las Vegas from South Carolina on Wednesday night after having a hellish experience with the airline. Determined not to let anything damper my spirits, Thursday afternoon I attended the EDC Week Basscon Pool Party. I arrived a bit late since I had to find out where the airline had lost my luggage, then buy new clothes and a bathing suit.
My group and I arrived to the speedway at 9pm. Traffic was killer, but we went straight to Basspod, then my favorite stage, Wasteland! We explored a bit and tried going to as many stages as possible, checked out the art installations, and had a few drinks. The mini cathedral which was designated as our meet up spot, was beautiful. One thing I noticed was the price difference depending on which stand you got beers from; prices varied by $2-4 dollars, which isn’t much, but can make a difference over the course of the weekend.
My favorite set on Friday, and possibly all weekend, was Avalon at Quantum Valley. The stage design made me reminisce of the 2011/2012 Main Stage EDC with all the LED panels. I do enjoy the Main Stage themes, however, I much prefer LED wall displays over everything. If you are not familiar with Avalon, he plays Psytrance and was absolutely amazing. I wish we had been able to watch his entire set, but I had to leave early in order to make it back to the meetup spot to leave with my group.
Saturday and Sunday we went with our friend Kyle, whom we stayed with that weekend. Saturday was my favorite day as it had many of the sets I was looking forward to most (TNT, Excision Detox, Darren Styles, Armin Van Buuren, and Vini Vici to close out our night at Kinetic Field). We arrived a bit earlier Day 2 around 7:45pm and ran straight to Basspod to headbang to Space Jesus who always puts on a great show. Afterwards we all went to Wasteland with fists in the air for Darksiderz B2B Mekanikal, and TNT(Technoboy & Tuneboy).
We took a break to explore the different stages and noticed that this year there were VIP sections at the front of every stage, whereas before they were only located at Main Stage and Neon Garden. Super cool idea, but I do wish it had been announced beforehand(unless I missed the memo). I attained my EDC ticket through my Festival Passport so upgrading to VIP was not a possibility for me, but others decisions might have been swayed to VIP had I known this.
We headed over to Cosmic Meadow and made our way through the crowed to see Post Malone at 11:00pm. One thing that irked me was that he only had a 30min set, but we waited… and waited… and waited some more. By 11:20pm I was ready to leave. The stage was insanely packed and people were getting restless. We made friends with the people standing near us, cracked jokes about how rappers are always late, and made the best of the situation. Post Malone finally came on shortly past 11:30pm, after his set was supposed to end, but Insomniac seemed to have predicted this and allowed for a 30min cushion before Malaa and Tchami came on. We more or less got to see his full set.
I opted to see the Malaa and Tchami No Redemption set which conflicted with Eric Prydz, but I have already seen him several times. No Redemption kept us groovin, but I wasn't too impressed considering the fact we passed up on Eric Prydz.
All in all, the vibes were fun, people were super nice, and the music was excellent. As always there were set conflicts which are totally unavoidable, but nothing too major. The pre-parties during EDC Week acted as such a great warm up, I do hope that next year we get a couple nightclub hardstyle shows in addition to the Basscon Pool Party... but I'm just being greedy. I'm very happy I went this year, and so happy I got to spend it with such beautiful souls.
One more thing that I feel needs to be said… I’ve attended 5 EDCs in LA, and 8 in Las Vegas. I loved EDC when it was in LA, loved attending my favorite rave/festival in my backyard (25 minutes with minimal traffic) but it’s more from the nostalgia and all the good memories I made there than anything. The pool parties leading up to EDC and the EDC pre-parties are a good precursor for the festival itself. Las Vegas is a party town, and there's so much to do if you arrive earlier or stay after the festival. Be it gambling, watching a Cirque show, buffets, etc... I prefer it stays in Las Vegas. Also, moving it up a month to May was an EXCELLENT decision as the weather was so much better. I didn’t camp this year, but I'm sure the May weather fared much better for all the campers as well.
One thing I will change, is that I will arrive to the speedway WAAAAY earlier, and continue to just go with the flow. Exploring new artists assuming there are no set conflicts.
See y’all next year!!
Who was your favorite set this year? Did you join Camp EDC? Let me know how your experience was in the comments section below!
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