One week and hundreds of artists later and EDC 2017 is still winding down. Last week, hundreds of thousands of festival-goers flocked to Sin City to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Electric Daisy Carnival. Since its inception, EDC has become a staple of the festival circuit. In 2011, the electrified extravaganza also was absorbed into the culture and calendars of Las Vegas, and it’s safe to say that our city has never been the same.
The city of Las Vegas’ partnership with Insomniac and EDC has undoubtedly blossomed since 2011. This year’s festival was no different. From the introduction of EDC Week 2017 to the re-naming of Las Vegas Boulevard to Electric Daisy Lane for the week’s festivities, EDC brings Vegas a boom of visitors unlike any other event. From crazy costumes to traffic jams, here are some of the highlights of EDC 2017.
When EDC first debuted in Las Vegas in 2011, Insomniac CEO, Pasquale Rotella wasn’t so sure that Sin City could handle the hundreds of thousands of EDC-goers that flock to the festival in cities around the world. Fortunately for Rotella and Las Vegas, our entertainment and hospitality framework has served as the ideal foundation for this festival phenomenon to grow and thrive upon.
As a nod to the successful partnership between the Electric Daisy Festival and the city of Las Vegas, Rotella received the key to the Las Vegas Strip from Clark County commissioners. The city also commissioned the erection of a street sign reading “Electric Daisy Ln” for all to see—and take selfies with!
The bloom of EDC festival-goers also brings with it a boom in traffic. Although traffic was relatively quiet during the first half of the week, construction to and from the Las Vegas Motor Speedway (where Vegas holds EDC every year) made traveling a hassle for many attendees and locals looking to get to and from work or school.
Fortunately, Insomniac introduced a free park and ride service, which sent more than 100 buses on continuous loops from Craig Ranch Regional Park to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The service began at 6 PM each night and continued until the morning of the next day.
Temperatures skyrocketed last week as well, shooting up to 114 degrees the Tuesday and Wednesday before EDC 2017 and stayed in the triple digits through the rest of EDC week and EDC weekend. In response to the heat, the National Weather Service issued a heat wave warning and recommended that EDC attendees take extra precautions like staying hydrated, wearing loose clothing that would provide some protection from the heat, and taking advantage cooling stations both on the Strip and at the Speedway.
With more than 230 different acts gracing the stages of EDC, including some of the most famous DJs of our time, EDC partnered with Red Bull this year to bring music lovers a taste of the EDC action, even if they were unable to attend. Announced on June 15, the livestream schedule not only included times and dates for listeners to tune in during the weekend, but it also included EDC Week events that festival goers could enjoy before beginning their nights of festivities.
Of course, no EDC highlight reel would be complete without at least mentioning the out of this world performances by Major Lazor and Tiesto, who lit up the stage like the entertainment giants they truly are. Nevertheless, EDC 2017 was also an opportunity for new artists to make their stamp on the EDC scene.
Hailing from Montreal, Black Tiger Sex Machine lit up the stage with their unique and difficult to pin down sound. The masked trio’s MSTRKRFT electro-feel was nuanced with flavors of hip-hop, reggae, and early 90’s house that made them unforgettable. Another new act that took us by surprise came from Detroit-based DJ and producer, GRiZ, whose funk and soul-influenced beats are the kind of genre-blind, forward-thinking styles that modern audiences love.
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