I’ll be honest, there’s almost a Christmas-like excitement for the Vegas holiday that we affectionately call Electric Daisy Carnival. It’s an excursion we’ve all been waiting for, the chance to dance and experience music and art with friends as well as a hundred thousand other people. With names like Tommy Trash, Armin van Buuren, and Crookers the diversity that EDC Las Vegas brings is undeniably huge.
So let’s get down to business, and review the first day of EDC, starting with the venue.
In their most audacious move yet, Insomniac has created the most massive stage I’ve ever witnessed. The majesty of the Kinetic Field (also often referred to as the “main stage”) is palpable. It sports an almost-Tomorrowland-like stage, with mushrooms and Alice in Wonderland like artistry, not to mention the giant night owl cradling the DJs. With plenty of screens and lights and pyrotechnics, this is a real main stage, a reflection on the size and scope of EDC. Other fields like Circuit Grounds had an impressive moving ceiling where panels of LED screens and flashing lights undulate towards you. Or the Bass Pod stage which, while cleanly constructed, gave a gritty and energetic air to the performers. While all stages are incredible in scope, I worry the size of kinetic field fails to translate the energy or immediacy of the music, or the intimacy of a smaller stage.
The most effective term would be: “star-studded”! When you look at the lineup on any given day and you realize that there are so many amazing artists that there’s almost no time to see them all. The most impressive DJs that I was witness to were Armin van Buuren, Tommy Trash, and Bassjackers. These three knocked it out of their respective ballparks, controlling the crowd in the ways a DJ should. The only set on the Kinetic Field (main stage) I was truly impressed with was Armin van Buuren. It seems like this year’s main stage plays to a more ethereal, transcendental tone than a raucous, in-your-face type (like Porter Robinson).
The Headliners (a.k.a. YOU)
The crowd, while larger, could stand to do more for these DJs. It seemed a lot of people were seated or not dancing whatsoever to the music. Now, I’m of the mindset that the DJs have the ability to control entire fields of dancers, but they must be dancers and not simply be there to see and be seen.
Overall the vibe was right, Insomniac hit the mark with security, keeping areas from getting overly crowded, and keeping everyone in a safe environment to have a fantastic experience.
Check out our EDC Day 2 Recap!