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One Electrifying Weekend – Ibiza Meets Vegas

Posted by    |    July 5th, 2011 at 4:21 am

Last weekend the Las Vegas Motor Speedway played host to the Electronic Daisy Carnival (EDC). Though local and national news outlets had raised concerns over safety leading up to the massive party, attended by well north of 200,000 people, these proved unfounded. Though the massive 1000+ acre infield was certainly crowded, people were well behaved and in fact things appeared better organized than other festivals such as Glastonbury and Coachella. Unlike other festivals EDC was definitely a total sensory overload. Hundreds of trippy performers cavorted around the grounds. Some dressed as fish on stilts, neon blobs, and others as what we will just refer to as whimsical, fey-like creatures. Beyond the performers, there were also free carnival rides, but the real draw here was certainly the music. Major electronic dance music (EDM) talent was omnipresent throughout the weekend. Highlights included sets by Manufactured Superstars, Sander van Doorn, Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki, Afrojack, Cedric Gervais, Martin Solveig, Benny Benassi, EC Twins, Ferry Corsten, and Wolfgang Gartner. Certainly headliners like Tiesto and David Guetta wowed, but Avicii, Skillex and Swedish House Mafia were simply unbelievable. Near the end of Swedish House Mafia’s 2-hour long set they transitioned into their latest single “Save the World” and the crowd erupted as the lights came up revealing the vocalist John Martin center stage offering a live performance as Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso stood on top of the booth to hype the crowd. This occurred while a ten minute fireworks show was underway and Red Bull skydivers shot off flames that lit up the sky.