Electric Daisy Carnival
June 16-18th 2017
Electric Daisy Carnival is the largest electronic dance music festival in Las Vegas–and one of the biggest in the world. In 2014, the event drew over 400,000 people over the course of three days at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
So what’s in store if you’ve never been? All the neon, bass, skin, face paint, costumed characters, and throbbing music you can possibly imagine. Also, fireworks. The big-budget festival is put together by the EDM event experts, Insomniac. The festival proves to be unaffected by naysayers who tout that the “EDM bubble” has burst. Given that attendance is still in the hundreds of thousands, we think this bubble is alive and well.
The insanely extensive lineup includes: Afrojack, Above and Beyond, Armin Van Buuren, Martin Garrix, Tiësto, Kygo, Marshmello, and a literal f-ton of other artists.
Expect this three day adventure to be a pyro-laser-journey into bass-drop land. We see two paths here: go and make new friends, or stay home and feel old.
Where to Stay
While you may spend a large part of your trip at the festival, there’s still moments to explore some of Las Vegas’ greatest hotels and even squeeze in a little after-partying—should you have some energy left. This city is famous for its mega-clubs, amenity-filled hotels, and larger-than-life experiences. Here’s how and where you’ll get to experience it all.
One of Vegas’ best spots for post-EDC partying is 1Oak, the NYC-born, and exclusive as hell nightclub. You can make your reservation at The Mirage and then literally crawl back to your hotel room if necessary. Not that we’d encourage that. But clubbing isn’t the only option when you want to spend time away from the festival. If you’re more of the R&R persuasion, you can unwind at the Mirage spa, pool cabanas, or Rhumbar. On top of that, they have a great dinner and drink options so that you can refuel properly.
Think of The LINQ as the modern, light-filled, playful version of Las Vegas hospitality. It’s no secret that the hip furnishings are meant to attract younger crowds, and their entertainment options were designed to match. If EDC falls short on the fun levels, The LINQ has your needs covered at The Promenade. As a major plus, they have a giant bowling alley, so make sure to visit Brooklyn Bowl for food, drinks, live music, and bowling. For a slice of something quaint, head over to Canter’s Deli, the famous Jewish deli from New Jersey that is loved by everyone–including Guns n’ Roses. With food and entertainment options geared towards the new generation of Vegas travelers, you won’t be disappointed if you take time away from the festival to hang here. Pro tip: book the shuttle bus to the Speedway.
Aria Resort & Casino
Aria’s property may not be as large as some of their older counterparts on the Strip, but this stylish spot has modernity on their side. Stylish, modern, and new, a creative crowd will love this resort. If you’re in the mood for some post-EDC after party, Jewel nightclub headlines EDM acts frequently. We give them bonus points for housing an enviable fine arts collection. They even sponsored Ugo Rondinone’s latest colorful totem sculptures ten miles south of Las Vegas, which might actually match your rave gear. Double bonus points for having amazing dining options–our favorite is Carbone.
The MGM Grand is a hub for all things EDC. Here, you should expect the bustle of the festival to run for a full week. Hakkasan is a full on party, with performances by top EDM acts nightly–typically their acts are in the realm of Kaskade and Tiestos. A major plus: the MGM helps you get to and from the Speedway, since the festival’s official shuttle bus stops here. Guests staying here during the festival can expect an opulent, colorful, party-friendly atmosphere.