From dusk ’till dawn under the Electric Sky — EDC’s first camping venture

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EDC Las Vegas 2018 - Jake West

As a festival built on an ethereal foundation of acceptance, imagination and an appreciation for dance music, Electric Daisy Carnival has contrived and solidified their elusive reputation in the realm of music festivals. It has grown to become one of the most distinguished dance music festivals throughout the globe, after years of creating transcendental experiences that manage to remain unique to, and a principal facet to the festival’s essence.

Some may say that EDC’s success can be ascribed to its core focus on the principles of unity, love, self expression, and respect. Others may attribute it to the touches of creative ingenuity in every aspect of the festival, along with their perpetual nature of outdoing themselves with the passing of each year.

EDC 2018 - Jake West

Though EDC excels in all areas of community creativity, and growth, their success innately derives from their focus on the festival attendees — thoughtfully referred to as the “Headliners” behind the weekend. No festival is able to thrive without balancing their hiccups with accompanying improvements, and this one is certainly one of those that learns from their mistakes.

From its very first edition held in 1997, to the colossal three-day takeover just over two decades later, EDC has risen to the top of the international festival landscape with little competition along the way. The 2018 edition proved to be nothing short of what is known as the “EDC experience”, as the team worked magic to pull off 72+ hours of unprecedented extravagance.

With prior years of facing issues with shuttle transportation, and being at mercy to the desiccant, desert heat, one of the largest additions (and solutions) to this years event included the introduction of Camp EDC. Positioned just outside the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Camp EDC hosted over 20,000+ attendees over the course of the weekend, kicking off a lineup of widespread festivities right from the get-go. Campers were given the choice between the GA Moonstone, and VIP Desert Rose tenting accommodation, each priced within reasonable grounds to the accustomed price-hike that Las Vegas visitors typically assume. RV Camping was available for  those who weren’t fans of traditional camping, offering a more “cushy” outdoor experience.

While Camp EDC was an excellent solution to alleviating the traffic load to the venue, it came at the cost of long entry wait times to the campgrounds.

Campers took to social media to relay their dismay behind the circumstances, tweeting both EDC and festival owner, Pasquale Rotella, about the 8+ hour wait times, and the risk of running out of gas/car battery. For those who were the lucky few that managed to be in the right place at the right time managed to breeze into the campgrounds, and get set unpacked before the weekend madness commenced.

Camp EDC’s first-ever campground kick-off party took place in their common-grounds, known better by “The Mesa.” Well prepared for the daily heat and incoming profusion of happy campers, “The Mesa” was characterized by colorful landmarks, non-stop daily activities, and weekend-long pool parties hosted by fan-favorite groups like Space Yacht, Insomniac Records, and Brownies & Lemonade.

Thursday’s pre-party was one for the bassheads (and was definitely met to bewilderment from campers seeking a more tame pre-EDC night), hosted by Excision, G Jones and Habstrakt as they played out on the illustrious Parliament Art car. To add to the already stacked evening, NGHTMRE went b2b with Slander in the early evening; adding to the large case of FOMO that non-campers, and campers who weren’t yet inside experienced. Camp EDC 2018 - Skyler Greene

With the good came the bad, and EDC was not exempt from the common camping festival struggles. Desert Rose campers were promised their own 24 hour, VIP bathroom/shower facilities, yet these were unaccessible at different points throughout the first day. Shower lines for the rest of the weekend were rarely scarce, pushing people to head back to their tents and resort to a good ‘ol-fashioned baby-wipe shower. Bumps on the road aside, no festival is complete without a few mishaps, especially when accommodating to 20,000+ thousand people in the middle of the desert.

Between the daily pool parties, and influx of group activities aiming to address the mind, soul and body, Camp EDC was a cloud nine destination for those looking to fulfill their EDC experience. Just as Insomniac prides themselves on centralizing the principles of positivity and respect, staff and security showed ample enthusiasm and genuine concern to the needs of festival-goers, making for smooth and sweet conversations all around.

EDC Las Vegas 2018 - Skyler Greene

An attribution to the countless hours placed before the festival’s success, campers left tired, yet fulfilled at heart from the three-night spectacle. A daunting task which proves difficult to face, EDC deserves credit where it’s due. Corralling over 20,000 individuals amongst 3,400 tents and 1,100 RV’s requires far more than extraneous planning and meticulous calculations. A project of this caliber requires patience, unwavering dedication and a love for dance music; drawing back to the founding pillars behind Insomniac’s success.

Photo credits: Skyler Greene and Jake West.

Martin Garrix Plays Unreleased Song During His EDC Las Vegas Set

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With Electric Daisy Carnival officially coming to an end, fans are beginning to scour through live sets to catch all of the unique things that happened at this year’s festival. Even though Martin Garrix said he won’t be playing many more unreleased songs during his sets, fans at EDC Las Vegas noticed that the DJ

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Listen To Live Sets From EDC Las Vegas 2018

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EDC Las Vegas 2018 has officially come to an end, but the EDM community is still buzzing. For any dance music fans that weren’t able to make it to Vegas or catch the live stream his past weekend, you have some major catching up to do. While the live stream seemed to fall flat with

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Watch EDC Live Stream Day 3 on EDM Sauce

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Who can believe that we are already at Day 3 of EDC Las Vegas. While most of you aren’t under the electric sky right now in Las Vegas, Insomniac Events has teamed up with LiveXLive to bring you all of the magic from the comfort of your own couch. With performances beginning at 9pm PST

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Kygo Premiered A New Song At EDC 2018 Called ‘Feels Like Forever’

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With thousands of people in Las Vegas for EDC 2018, artists are pulling out all of their tricks for this year’s flagship festival. Last night, Ookay brought out Kenny G, Porter Robinson shares a new edit of one of his most popular songs, and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike bring out Wiz Khalifa. During Kygo’s

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Ookay Brings Out Kenny G During EDC Las Vegas 2018

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At EDC Las Vegas 2018, artists are pulling out all of their tricks to wow the crowds with their mainstage appearance. During Ookay’s set back at EDC Las Vegas 2016, the DJ and producer brought out the Sexy Sax Man to perform his hit single “Thief.” Fast forward two years, Ookay pulled out one of

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Watch EDC Live Stream Day 2 on EDM Sauce

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After a successful start to EDC Las Vegas 2018 yesterday, we’re off to the races again with day 2 of this year’s flagship festival. Instead of being under the electric sky, Insomniac Events has teamed up with LiveXLive to bring you all of the magic from the comfort of your own couch. With performances beginning

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Stream all the best sets from day 1 of EDC Las Vegas 2018

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With the first day of EDC Las Vegas in the rearview, Dancing Astronaut looks forward to its other two days of music from some of the most forward-thinking acts in the industry. Luckily, for those that couldn’t catch the vibes under the electric sky, EDC Las Vegas will be live streaming the entire weekend. This year, Insomniac’s launched its brand-new Insomniac Channel with a partnership with Live X Live.

Though before we move on, it’s only right to review the best of the best from 2018’s first day. Thanks to Mixcloud user “Buzz Lightyear,” listeners can hear sets from Diplo, Kaskade, Slushii, Mija, and more.

Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Surprise EDC Crowd With Wiz Khalifa

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As thousands of people have made their way to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway to attend EDC Las Vegas 2018, thousands more tuned in to the official EDC Live Stream to watch all of the events from the comfort of their own home. During Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike’s highly anticipated set, the duo surprised

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Listen To EDC Las Vegas Day 1 – Full Live Sets From Diplo, Kaskade, Slushii & More

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As the first day of EDC Las Vegas has just come to an end, we were presented with some of the best DJs in the industry. EDC Las Vegas is live streaming the entire weekend, this year, however, Insomniac has chosen a new outlet for the stream, the brand-new dedicated Insomniac Channel via LiveXLive.com. The two

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