Four years later and I still pick up something new every time I go to a festival. There's so much to learn and take in from the people you talk to, things you see, and your own previous experiences. Just imagine what you'll learn this year. Can you even stand it? EDC Las Vegas 2016 is so close!
But remember to be patient
(that can be a bonus tip)! You'll wait at the airport. You'll wait in line for the shuttle. The drive out there takes some time. You'll sit in traffic. You'll wait in line (again) to get into the fairgrounds. You'll wait for your friends inside. And the whole time the anticipation will drive you crazy. But it's all worth it. All the planning, spending, organizing, and waiting pays off. Oh my goodness, does it pay off. EDC can easily be one of the best weekends of your summer, if not your life.
In honor of the 20th anniversary of one of what has become one of the biggest music festivals in the world, here are 20 ways to keep you dancing from dusk until dawn.
1. Get there early, but not before the doors open.
Everyone's trying to get in right away, and honestly unless you're one of the first people in line (also a fine option), you'll be standing in some significant traffic. But once the initial group of people get inside, everything should move along pretty smoothly.
2. Spend the first day getting your bearings.
EDC is big. Really big. Like massively, unbelievably big. Pictures and live streams can't begin to convey this. They space out the sets on day one so you have some time in between each of them to find your way around and figure out where everything is. Take advantage of this. Download the EDC mobile app and wander around.
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If you think this looks big, just wait until you're one of those little dots. | Photo credit: Insomniac.[/caption]
3. Put your phone in airplane mode.
You'll be lucky if you get service at all until the end. Save your battery so you can take pictures. Don't worry, you can still submit to your Snapchat story. Just send them all through again when you get to your hotel.
4. Take more pictures than you think you need to.
Delete apps and pictures you don't need before
you get to the fairgrounds.
5. Have a specific spot to post up at each stage.
You will get separated from your friends. Best of luck finding them again.
6. Have a collective meet up towards the beginning of the night.
For example, last year we had about 4 or 5 different groups all met at the kandi making booth from 10:30 - 11:00. It was a central location, gave people something to do while they waited, and allowed people that arrived at different times to all find each other easily. Not by the daisy
meets by the daisy and it's too crowded.
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They have literal candy there too. | Photo Credit: Insomniac[/caption]
7. Don't miss the fireworks.
You'll get a more than a few chances over three days, but man...is that special effects budget something else. From 2011 - 2013, EDC produced a combined 108 minutes of fireworks. This included 15,120 pounds
of confetti in 2013.
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Photo Credit: Insomniac[/caption]
8. Ride the Ferris Wheel.
This is a must
at some point during the weekend. Day three is a good ride day. Find the biggest one, ride with strangers, and go slackjawed staring at the lights from above. Riding the Ferris Wheel last year was the moment that I knew I had to go back.
[caption id="attachment_38045" align="aligncenter" width="577"] Eric Prydz's set was another one of those moments
9. Bring earplugs!
I wish I had been wearing earplugs long before I actually started to. My hearing has definitely diminished and EDC doesn't mess around. The Kinetic Field has set a record for the largest stage structure in North America and the festival as whole is putting out over 920,000 watts of speaker power. Here's TrollPhace and Getter breaking the Bass Pod last year.
10. Get out of your comfort zone. Dance like a goober. Make friends with strangers. Spend some time at a stage you'd normally never go to.
14. Bring things to share with other people
There is so
much cool stuff to stumble across at EDC, you couldn't see it all if the festival lasted a week. From carnival games to random parades and art cars to celebrity sightings and sideshow attractions, it really is like an adult Disneyland. Keep your eyes and your mind open! You never know what you'll find. Insomniac has an official list for you to check out
, but my personal favorite art piece had to be what can only be described as a "bug zapper for high kids." You'll know it when you see it.
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Photo Credit: Insomniac[/caption]
13. The Vodka Red Bull slushies are just spectacular.
(no, not like that
). Kandi isn't necessarily for everyone, but little things that I've been given in the past that just make the experience a little more fun. Paper diffraction glasses, balloons (hold them in between your fingertips to feel the vibrations from the bass) light up rings, gum (make sure it's sealed when you bring it in), slap bracelets, spray fans with water. Travel packages of hand wipes are a huge
hit. That place is dusty and your hands, face, legs, and booty will get dirty and gross. Nothing like getting to freshen up a little bit.
16. Walk away from bad vibes.
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Not pictured: Bad vibes. | Photo Credit: Insomniac[/caption]
17. Take it easy.
It's hot in the desert and you're pushing your body to the limits, so listen to yourself and take a break if you need to. You can always take more, you can never take less.
Drink water (Camelbaks are clutch). Eat food (especially before bed). You can be kind of sort of a little somewhat responsible while still having a really fantastic time.
18. You can always take a cab back to the strip.
Miss the shuttle? Friends leave without you? Don't worry. Taxis in Vegas have to charge by the distance, not by the time. It doesn't matter if you're stuck in traffic for an hour, the cost will be the same. There's a line of people waiting to take a cab back so you can split the fare with some other people.
19. Try to get some sleep.
Remember, it's a marathon not a sprint. That doesn't mean you have to leave early, you just have to take a nap at some point. Fortunately you can crawl into your hotel room, shut the blinds and blast the AC. This also means maaaybe skipping that pool party.
20. Take care of each other.
Keep an eye out for people who look like they might not be doing so well. It only takes a minute or two and can make all the difference in the world. Even if it's not a crisis situation, use this as an opportunity to be kind for no reason. Share a stick of gum. Give someone some water. Trade a special piece of kandi. It's no secret that the dance music community is filled with some of the most genuine and thoughtful people out there. If you've been, you know. If this is your first, you're in for a pretty incredible treat. Either way, you have a fantastic opportunity to meet some of the most amazing people out there. Spread the love, spread the vibes, you know...PLUR and stuff.
You know...it's not too late to decide to go, too.
General Admission for Electric Daisy Carnival 2016 is sold out, but that doesn't mean you can't get tickets. You can always check out the official EDC ticket exchange page for people who are trying to sell their passes.
If you're feeling a little bolder, there are plenty of people in Vegas selling their wristbands, but remember always proceed with caution when buying tickets from someone.
Of course, there's always VIP.
I'm usually not one for buying VIP tickets, but if there was ever a festival where it would be worth it, it's EDC Las Vegas.
Less than a week until we're under the electric sky!