Every year after attending Insomniac‘s famous Electric Daisy Carnival event, often referred to as EDC, I think to myself “Wow. I have to wait a whole year to do this all over again.” When the time comes, I say “Wow. I can’t believe it’s already time again.” For those of you who are not familiar with this glorious occasion, it has been around for almost 15 years. In the past, thousands of party go-ers of various origins and ages gathered at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to dance the night away while listening to their favorite artists. Last year, the festival attracted more than 185,000 people, which is a record for North America. With even more guests anticipated for this year, Insomniac decided to move this sure to be crowded event to Las Vegas. With this in mind, the music goes on until morning since Vegas has different laws about this sort of thing. So, what does Las Vegas + bigger crowds + bigger DJs + bigger venue + after parties equal? You do the math…Check out the official lineups, stages, artist links, pictures, and tunes from some of the featured guests after the jump.
Insomniac’s Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas - 2011
Here is a quote from Insomniac about this year’s EDC:
“Creating a true carnival atmosphere, the festival will feature more than 200 performers, including dancers, fire twirlers, aerialists, and stilt walkers, plus 28 full size carnival rides and attractions that are free for all ticket holders. The 1,000-acre complex will be transformed into a fully immersive audiovisual experience as 13 large-scale art installations will create their own interactive environments amidst the six stages, along with state-of-the-art lighting and sound production. Attendees will also get to experience most impressive pyrotechnics display in Insomniac’s history, featuring a 15-minute fireworks display each night.”
In the past, the fine people at Insomniac have not disappointed with production, lighting, dj selection, and overall wow factor. We should expect nothing less this year. Now on to the music. The lineups were officially announced last night for each of the 5 stages (the 6th stage called The Dome has not been announced) at the festival. Check them out!
Kinetic Field - Main Stage
At previous events, the main stage which is also known as the “Kinetic Field” has been the most popular stage at EDC. At the Coliseum, crowds would come early to pile in and ensure their place on the floor, otherwise having to sit in the stands in stadium seating. If you look at the lineups for each day, you can see that many people are going to be hanging out at the Kinetic Field. Starting with Friday, to have Wolfgang Gartner, Dirty South, Tiesto, Steve Angello, and Sander Van Doorn all play sequentially on one stage is insanity.
On Saturday, depending on when you wanna get there, this stage will be popping all night. Alesso, The Glitch Mob, Bassnectar, Empire of the Sun, Chuckie, Dada Life, and Boys Noize will be sure to keep it energetic.
There is entirely too much to say about this stage. As if picking time slots was not hard enough already, the Neon Garden stage will also be a go-to location for many of the crowds this year. On Friday, we have Kastle, Dave Nada (Moombahton dance time), Bloody Beetroots + DC77, Drop the Lime, and Major Lazer (who is finishing up a new album).
For all the bass freaks in the place, I’m sure you can find plenty of happiness at this stage. Though there is plenty to go around at the Neon Garden, there are some huge dubstep and drum ‘n bass names at the Bass Pod. For Friday, Borgore, Excision, Skream & Benga, and Dieselboy.
Now you have the lineups and time slots for the stages at EDC Las Vegas. But, the work isn’t finished yet. I’m gonna be spending this week trying to plot and decide exactly who I am going to want to see at which time. I suggest you do the same to maximize your pleasure factor at this event and get your money’s worth by seeing who you want to. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR DECISIONS AND HAVE A SAFE, FUN, AND MEMORABLE EDC LAS VEGAS THIS YEAR!
For some general information about the event, go here.
For a list of guidelines, including what to bring/not to bring, go here.
If you are wondering what to wear or what the weather/temperature will be like this year, please visit this page. Insomniac has actually provided temperature recordings from the past 4 years for various times during the day and night, which is awesome. This will definitely give you an idea of how HOT it should be.
For transportation to and from the festival, we STRONGLY suggest taking advantage of the shuttle service for 2011. Some reasons why from Insomniac:
1. Party Safely – Why drive when you can ride safely from the Las Vegas Strip to EDC?
2. Save MONEY on cabs back and forth to the LV Motor Speedway – you could spend $300-400 on round-trip cabs for the festival – and your whole group has to come and go at the same time or it will cost even more!
3. Save TIME by avoiding cab lines on the strip and at EDC
4. Avoid Festival Traffic while riding in and out of the event in special shuttle only lanes
5. Best drop off spot – EDC Shuttles have best drop off spot the at the Speedway so you won’t have to walk miles
To purchase shuttle passes, visit this website.
For everything else EDC Las Vegas, please visit the official website.