Where do I even begin to explain not only EDC Las Vegas 2014 but my own personal experience. I will try very best, but please not that words will never do it justice, it is truly something you have to experience for yourself.
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Day 1 – Friday June 20th
I arrived early to the event so I could relax and get my pre-drinking on. Once the gates open, I walked in and the energy and music was already thumbing in the air. You could just feel the excitement walking down the steps and into Motorspeedway. There were sounds of deep house, progressive, hardstyle, trap, and electro. People were beginning to get into lines for the rides, while others were rushing to their favorite stage to start dancing their asses off. My first artist was 3lau at the KineticFIELD stage. Once I found the VIP area, I entered and immediately got my drink. Which by the way they raised their prices to $13. From this view you could see the entire stage design which looked awesome. A lot of people didn’t like it, but I truly enjoyed it. It was a cathedral theme, which gave it this meaningful experience. 3lau sets was great. Full of electro bangers and some exclusive releases of his. The crowd was really fist pumping and cheering during his set. I stuck around to catch Glitch Mob set which I have never heard live. I have to say I was immediately hooked with the style of music and vibes. I will definitely be following Glitch Mob very closely.
The rest of the day I was jumping between KineticFIELD and CircuitGROUNDS stage. I was able to catch Dyro & Dannic, Bear, Sander van Doorn, Steve Angello, Hardwell, Armin van Buuren, Madeon, Orjan Nielson.
My favorite artist I saw Day 1 has to be Dyro & Dannic. Those guys ROCKED the crowd the moment they pressed play on their first track. They were mixing and mashing and dropping not just hitters from their tracks but vocals and breakdowns from classic songs that we all love and remember. They should a variety of mixing style and sound that I really didn’t hear anyone else do. And I have to say they rocked it harder then Hardwell himself. Also, I have to say Dyro’s visual looked so dope. They had 1 logo that looked like it was made out of made mechanical with fire and smoking coming off of it. Check out my clips from their set and you can see it.
1 awesome surprise I had was when I went over to check out Madeon’s set, I was lucky enough to spot the RABBIT! I was so happy I got to see my rage buddy Kristen before the night ended. I only wished I got to spend more time with her.
Well the sun was coming up and it was time to go. So I headed back to my vehicle and called it a day. Might I saw, this years traffic was much better. Bravo to the Highway Patrol for doing a better job at traffic control. Didn’t take me nearly as long as it did past years to get back to my hotel room.
Day 2 – Saturday June 21st
Day 2 began and this time I brought some buddies with me to get our pre-game on. We walked around a bit as some of the guys with me wanted to get on some rides. While walked around I ran into some Modesto friends. Shortly after we ended up at Firebeatz at the CircuitGROUNDS. I went to the VIP stage to enjoy some more drinks and watch Firebeatz up close. At that moment, the night changed forever. Meeting some awesome talent, almost getting into trouble, making memories, and ended up backstage of the bassPOD stage setting off the fire for the stage! In between all that I was able to catch Krewella, Kaskade, A-Track, Excision and Infected Mushroom. Which ALL of them did an amazing solid job! But I have to tip my hat off to Infected Mushroom. I have never heard of them and they blow my mind away. It was a nice refreshing sound of indie, trance, psychedelic and electronic music. It was seamlessly blended well. You barely even noticed the genres changed. This was a great way to end the night, behind the stage setting off the fireworks while listening to great duo!
Day 3 – Sunday June 22nd
Tired and exhausted from hardly ANY sleep…not to mention extremely sore, I mustard on ready for Day 3. Day 3 had a lot of BIG names! One artist I wanted to see for sure was Deorro! I had to see him live. After I entered, I went straight over to check him out, and boy I was not disappointed. In fact A LOT of people were running as hard as they could to go catch Deorro. He was playing hard hitting music with that BOUNCE vibe! We were all jumping, shuffling, fist pumping, and yelling the entire time. He definitely got a ton of reactions on 98% of his drops. His biggest reaction was Lose It. And people were still loving Dechorro as they sang along with the melody. I stuck around for Blasterjaxx, which I got to finally see EDC’s opening performance. It was this kind of ritual dance to help awaken the spirit owl. Which everything was fun and exciting, music was awesome, tons of performers and dancers, people coming down on robes while dancing, a wizard looking guy talking, awesome 3D visuals, and TONS of fireworks. But once the “owls” woke up, it was just their 2 huge owl statues on the set that opened their eyes. Which I personally thought was anti-climactic.
I caught some of Mat Zo’s set which was awesome. A nice infusions of house, progressive, drum and bass, trap, and so much more. I had to cut his off early so I could get into CircuitGROUNDS in time for Calvin Harris’ set. Which I’m glad I did because of 2 reasons. 1, a line began to form and 2, I ended up catch Eric Prydz set. And all I can say is WOW! Eric Prydz had me immediately moving and grooving to his sounds. It was a beautiful mixture of house, techno, progressive and some deep house. PEOPLE were LOVING IT! I’m bummed out that I didn’t catch any clips on my phone because I was too busy dancing but my favorite party was when a song mentioned “lazers” and all you see is the entire roof light up with lazers!!! Check a clip out here: http://youtu.be/9zztKQQERsU
Once his set was done, people started to chant for Calvin Harris!!! Once his intro started the air exploded with cheers! And it literally did not stop the entire set. Calvin had everyone cheering and screaming the ENTIRE time! He played every song he had from past to present. In fact he had more of a reaction with his classic hits especially with BOUNCE and We Found Love. Even the performers on stage decided to body surf across the crowd, which was entertaining to watch since they didn’t make it far since they kept getting dropped. Calvin did an awesome job at mixing EVERYTHING in, from all of his hitters and from other producers. You never knew what he was gonna do.
R3hab was after Calvin Harris, which he was just as hard too. But I wasn’t able to stay too long because I had to rehydrate before I checked out DJ Dan at STAGE 7. It was a little difficult to get some water but man I glad I did, because I was drenched in sweat from the entire night so far and it wasn’t going to stop any time soon. As soon as I got the STAGE 7, I got up to the booth and the grooves took over. Everyone was feeling Dan’s set. It was funky, it was groovy, it was CLASSIC! In fact, my buddy Scottie and his fireworks crew were also there to check him out! After Dan’s set, I went to bassPOD again then I ran into a friend after I was leaving. We went to check out GTA, New World Punx and then Dash Berlin to end the night. It was a great way to end the night and the festival. My hat goes off to Dash Berlin for a beautiful and perfect set to close the festival. Nothing but fun and love was in the air.
Well the event had ended and it was time to go. People were exhausted but still cheering and thanking every crew member they came across. It was indeed a beautiful experience that I encourage anyone to see. Looking back I was able to see and do a lot of things I thought I would never do. I meet so many awesome people from all over the world. Nobody or nothing can take this years experience away from me. Just wished I had more people to share it with. But I am definitely in love with not only this festival but with Las Vegas. My heart broke when I drove back. Its all I can think about right now. But I know I’ll be back next year to do it again! You can check out photos and video from my EDC Las Vegas 2014 experience with the links below:
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