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Home of Insomniac Events' Premier Music Festival--Electric Daisy Carnival--the Las Vegas Motor Speedway was psychedelically engulfed by a record-breaking number of ravers this year. Where the number of mind-blowing stages is nearly double to those of its competitors, and carnival-themed art installments outnumber ATMs and Merch Tables, Pasquale Rotella has perfected the art of raving with his Electric Daisy Carnival. EDC Las Vegas has evolved into the largest music festival in North America, quieting those who have denounced the industry's mainstream inclinations.


Unique for this year, Rotella heavily debated adding the feature of live-streaming the festival for those unable to attend. As we were to expect, the Insomniac Founder created his own version of live-streaming. It was a 12 hour broadcast of different point-of-views from different headliners (as he calls each festival-goer), alternating between stage sets and behind the scenes footage.


Rotella has illustrated that he is a true professional, who achieved success even amidst over-saturation of The Scene; but as Dance Music's popularity has broadened in the United States, it has also assumed the stigmatic role of scapegoat, in regard to excessive drug (over)use. Any festival--moreover, a summer music festival in Sin City--can be an attraction for chemical (and natural) enhancements for its attendees. EDC has taken charge in repair of today's rave scene perception: through its ban of LED gloves/accessories, of which have face-melting implications. At first, many were (some still are ) critical of the festival's new regulations; but Electric Daisy Carnival's interactive entertainment and attraction of the world's best DJs, more-than-fairly reimbursed us for the months of monopolized-LED anxiety.


kineticFIELD featured DJs such as: 3LAU, Hardwell, Kaskade, Tiesto, Above & Beyond, the almost-reunioned Swedish House Mafia: Axwell /\ Ingrosso, and one (of two) of Martin Garrix's Festival Sets. When the schedule was released two days before the festival, many were surprised to see that the teenage, Dutch DJ, was presented with two 1.5 hour sets on the two largest stages of the festival. As Garrix's fame ran wild with "Animals," and immediate support from fellow countryman--Tiesto--many ragers were quick to throw claims of ghost productions aided by the World's Greatest DJ. After EDC Las Vegas 2014, Garrix should have eliminated any criticisms of age-restrictive artistry.


The cosmicMEADOW Stage highlighted sets from some of the industry's 'hardest' DJs: Wax Motif, Diplo, Knife Party, A-Trak, Bassnectar, and GTA--to list a few. Although considerably more Techno than Hardstyle, one DJ/producer deserving of special recognition from cosmicMEADOW is French-born DJ--Madeon. Falling into the same age-related critiques, Madeon returned to EDC Las Vegas, after spending the past year focusing solely on studio production (and probably finishing high school).


Arguably considered the second-best stage within EDC Festivals--agreeing that a kineticFIELD designation signifies 'Making it' that year--circuitGROUNDS was home to DJs such as: Yellow Claw, Sander van Doorn, Martin Garrix's first (of two) set, Steve Aoki, Carnage, Cazzette, Avicii, Dada Life, Calvin Harris, R3hab, and PvD. Don't blame yourself if circuitGROUNDS was your home for most, if not all, of the sundown hours of the weekend. The eclectic mixes of electro, trap, and a little bit of progressive-house, raised the bar for every multi-stage music festival in the world.


Carl Cox. 'Nuff said.


One of two heavily-focused bass stages, featuring: Datsik, Pegboard Nerds, Excision, Infected Mushroom, Sub Focus, and Andy C. 


Last Year's bassCON stage design resembled a Bioshock mask, Flava Flav clock-necklace wearing, horror-movie creature, holding a bouquet of bright LED flowers--so magnificent that you could never look away. Insomniac went a different direction with this years' bassCON stage design. Rotella produced an extravagant one-eyed monster, which both frightened, and paid homage, to last years' successes. Orjan Nilson, Andrew Rayel, Paul Oakenfold, and Carnage's second set, rumbled for three consecutive days through the dry Nevada deserts.

Sponsored by 7UP, stage7 was the place to be if you wanted to listen to sets from DJs who are in a middle ground of up-and-coming and Beatport recognized dance music producers. One of the best sets from stage7 was from DJ Dan, right before Jordan Epperson welcomed Monday's festival-closing sun.


The discoverySTAGE is what makes Insomniac Events great. This stage gives bedroom DJs the chance to make a name for themselves in the Scene, by submitting their mixes in a competition offering grand prize winners the EDC Experience of a lifetime. AND, not only does the discoveryPROJECT feature DJs, it also provides costume/stage designers, and installation artists, an opportunity to learn from Insomniac's Mentors (Laidback Luke-DJs, Jila Alaghamandan-Costume Design, and Steve Lieberman-Stage Design), as well as having their artwork publicized by the multi-billion dollar event company. 



Luckily, there were very few incidents within the festival (time and place).