Sin City: Electric Daisy Carnival

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This past June, I had the opportunity to visit Las Vegas for the first time to attend Electric Daisy Carnival; the largest music festival in North America. A 3 day electronic dance music festival filled with many of the biggest DJs in the world playing on extravagant stages, advanced lighting designs, carnival rides of all variety, live theatrical performances, amazing décor everywhere you went, attendees dressed in all types of creative pieces, and a generous display of fireworks were set off multiple times throughout the nights. The first moment I walked into the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and saw the entire set-up, I was blown away. Insomniac (the entertainment company that organized this event) has really outdone themselves this year.

Vegas itself, without attending EDC is filled with options that will keep you entertained for as long as you can stay awake. Known as one of the top party destinations in North America, there are day and night time pool parties available, nightclubs, shows, casinos, shops, and a variety of restaurants and tourist activities to choose from. With an abundance of options to choose from, there’s often not a lot of time left for snoozing when you arrive.

If you are a fan of EDM, Electronic Daisy Carnival is definitely a festival worth experiencing at least once in your prime years. It takes place every year in June and runs from dusk till dawn on all three days. The arena is large and easy to get lost inside on your first night. Combine that with hundreds of thousands of individuals that are all there for the sole purpose of having the best time and you have a formula for one unforgettable experience.

If you plan to attend, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Make sure to get a good few hours of rest (you are in Vegas after all), you don’t want to be falling asleep when your favourite DJ is playing well past midnight.
  • Arrive early to avoid being stuck in traffic: 2014’s event brought in an estimated 400,000 attendees, meaning a lot of vehicles all heading in the same direction on the few limited roads leading there. We learned our lesson after the first night when it took over an hour to arrive.
  • Arrange a transparent meeting location as you will not be able to rely on cellular reception once inside. My friends and I brought a large Canadian flag, attached it to a broom stick and kept it in the air throughout the night that made us easier to locate in a large sea of people.
  • Take some time to walk around and enjoy everything that EDC has to offer, you never know what unexpected surprises you might find. There are many interesting set-ups throughout the venue.
  • Similarly with arriving early, many people stay until the end. If you plan on driving and staying late, try and park as close to the exit of the parking lot as possible and spend the extra time walking instead; you will save yourself a significant amount of time (1-3 hours) from complete gridlock in the parking lot.
  • And last but not least, take care of yourself, be safe and have an amazing time!
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