Oftentimes, the festival outfit plays an integral role in one’s attendance of the festival itself. In many cases, the drip—if you will, is a crucial element to one’s festival experience, and perhaps none understand that notion better than ZHU, who dusted any potential competition with his EDC getup.
ZHU hit EDC Las Vegas this year sporting a custom jacket made entirely out of festival wristbands, for one of the more creative outfits spotted at this year’s event. The jacket, a living festival homage, features fan-donated wristbands from previous EDCs, Dreamscape, Lollapalooza, Coachella, Tyler, the Creator‘s Camp Flog Gnaw, and many more. See ZHU’s festival fit below—which other wristbands can you spot?
Pasquale Rotella‘s flagship Insomniac festival, Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) Las Vegas boasted a diversely curated lineup of electronic talent for its 2019 iteration. Skrillex‘s name was not to be found on EDC’s 2019 roster of dance acts—not unusual, as he’s been absent from the festival’s Las Vegas edition for many consecutive years. Despite that, the versatile electronic veteran could nevertheless be found throwing down a surprise set at circuitGROUNDS on the second day of the Sin City affair. Rotella tipped EDC attendees off on Twitter, where he announced that “someone who [hadn’t] played EDC in a long minute” would take the circuitGROUNDS decks come Saturday.
It didn’t take long for those on the ground and those tuned into the livestream at home to speculate that the mystery guest was in fact the Recess producer. While EDC Las Vegas live broadcasted a myriad of the weekend’s sets, Skrillex’s was not among them, which left the fans at home curiously contemplating just what would transpire at the “Would You Ever” hit maker’s unexpected performance. Fans need wonder no more, thanks to one GA hero who recorded Skrillex’s entire appearance at EDC. See Skrillex’s surprise performance below.
Saturday SURPRISE SET!! Someone who hasn’t played EDC in a longgg minute! I’m HYPED! circuitGROUNDS Saturday>10:30 to 11:30
Arrest numbers at this year’s edition of EDC Las Vegas were way down in comparison to years passed, with 65 total arrests made over the festival’s three-day run. Very nearly bringing that total to 66 was Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot, who found himself amid a physical altercation with festival security staff on Sunday night (May 19).
Footage obtained by TMZ Sports shows the Cowboys’ star skirmishing with a security guard at EDC, after the staffer stepped in to break up a fight between Elliot and the woman he was with, reportedly his girlfriend. The video shows Elliot going back and forth with the woman several times, and once security tries to defuse the situation, things escalate. Eventually Elliot knocks one of the guards over a barricade with his chest, leading to his detention, though Las Vegas police did not subsequently arrest the running back.
In response to the video being made public, Elliott’s lawyer, Frank Salzano has made an official statement on his client’s behalf, claiming security overreacted to a “normal discussion” between Elliot and his girlfriend. See the footage below.
Zeds Dead are veterans and trendsetters in the electronic space, creating their own lane of new sound both produced and supported by their own Deadbeats imprint. Innovation is currency for the two dubstep flag bearers, combining different amounts of rumbling, melodic low end with dynamic synths and powerful energy for an ever-evolving, idiosyncratic sound.
Dylan Mamid (DC) and Zachary Rapp-Rovan (Hooks) mentioned on Twitter about their upcoming EDC performance, “This’ll be the most unreleased music we’ve had in a set I think.” For these Toronto-based artists who defy categorization brought Bassmentality to one of Canada’s most storied club nights and the rest was history.
Throw tour Z’s up and listen to Zeds Dead rock the Circuit Grounds stage at EDC below.
Bitbird boss San Holo is guiding EDC into its final morning over at the Kinetic Field. The Dutch future bass pioneer is primed to bring the energy levels up via his unique blend of sentimental melodicism and a tight, thumping low-end. This set might err to the former of the two traits tonight; on May 17, Holo tweeted that his set would be the “most emotional” he’s ever played, and implied some teary moments were in store. It will likely include new music from his September 2018 LP, album1, in addition to newer cuts from Bitbird signees from the Gouldian Finch 3 compilation.
San Holo has been heavy on the album campaign trail since it released, scoring key performances at many iconic festivals—including EDC Las Vegas. He’s also been confirmed to play San Francisco’s Outside Lands in July.
Where hasn’t Diplo been lately? 2019 has seen peak public expansion of his musical palate, where he’s spun everything from deep house at Get Lost Miami, to country fusion at Stagecoach. The multi-platinum record holder returns to the electronic sound that lent to his breakout years ago for another headlining EDC set. He’ll be playing at the main stage, Kinetic Field, where he also headlined the year prior in 2018, and in 2017 alongside Alison Wonderland and JAUZ.
Diplo shocked fans at Coachella by swapping out his more popular bass get-up for house, leading fans to wonder what he has in store for his behemoth Las Vegas performance. Luckily, they can watch live as the action unfolds. Listen to see if he slips in some cuts off his latest EP, Higher Ground, or his new collaboration with Madonna and Quavo, “Future.”
The moment has finally arrived for Dillon Francis to stir EDC‘s Kinetic Field, with his iconic bass-laden, moombahton sound. His choice slot at the festival’s main stage comes after a series of huge developments on the career front. In the past six months alone, the Latin Grammy nominee went on an expansive national tour alongside Alison Wonderland, ventured further into television with a Fox deal for Gerald’s World, and packed out the Sahara Tent both weeks of Coachella.
Francis also confirmed that This Mixtape Is Fire 2 will make it to digital shelves sometime in May or June—thus, this notable EDC performance serves as a ripe testing ground for new music on the record. The mixtape’s debut was in 2015. It’s also likely he’ll inject his latest anthem with lovelytheband, “Chamge Your Mind,” somewhere in the mix. Listen closely for new dancefloor weapons until 4:14am.
Dillon’s is the stage’s penultimate performer, with Jamie Jones taking over afterward to close out.
Anjunabeats labelheads Above & Beyond are returning to EDC Las Vegas for the 2019 edition of the festival, scoring a midnight set at the Circuit Grounds stage on Friday, May 17th. Marking one of the most anticipated festival weekends of the year, thousands of attendees —both newcomers and EDC veterans alike return to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway to reunite for three mesmeric nights under the electric sky.
Ahead of their long-awaited performance, Above & Beyond curates an exclusive playlist with 15 of their choice festival cuts for Dancing Astronaut. The trio delves into a slew of their most prominent and striking singles, ranging from “Distorted Truth” to “Show Me Love,” their collaboration with trance maven Armin Van Buuren. The playlist trickles into the soothing lulls of the trio’s club mix of “There’s Only You”, mesmerizing listeners with the harmonies of long-time vocalist Zoe Johnston. Between the invigorating twists of percussive-soaked festival anthems and the lush transitions of their staple ballads —Above & Beyond notate their musical journey through the ebbs and flows of the playlist.
Hazardous windy conditions have struck a blow on EDC Las Vegas once again. On Saturday night, May 18, the festival’s main stage Kintetic Field and the Dreamstate-hosted Quantum Valley were temporarily shut down due to high winds. Some of the advisory signs also told attendees to evacuate the premises when in reality this wasn’t needed, leading to widespread confusion and upset.
The shutdown didn’t persist through the rest of the night, and eventually both stages reopened. Insomniac also took to its social media platforms to advise guests they could re-enter; however, a large amount had already long exited the venue. Angry comments swelled on Twitter.
EDC Las Vegas has faced wind issues before. In 2012, its second year at the Speedway, the festival fully shut down and fans were barred from entry. Markus Schulz and Steve Aoki notably kept the party going, however, throwing impromptu sets at EDC’s pop-up stages for those that stayed behind.
After a stellar 2018, REZZ is back on the festival grind with new music to share. The Canadian downtempo space bass boss recently released a new single, “Dark Age,” in preparation for her new EP Beyond The Senses set to drop July 24.
REZZ is known for her cult of loyal followers and hypnotic presence. The drumming low ends pair nicely with haunting melodies curating a contrast of anxiety and power complimented nicely by mesmerizing visuals. Her new project will reportedly “exudes more depth in my songs’ melody and structure.”
To see the REZZ in action at 12:30am Sunday morning (May 19), tune into the EDC livestream below.