Raves are rarely built to last. But this weekend, more than 400,000 people are expected to jam the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the 20th anniversary of the nation’s biggest dance music festival, Electric Daisy Carnival.
“I always knew I’d being doing this until I’m dead. But now the stakes have never been so high,” said Pasquale Rotella, founder of the Insomniac concert firm that promotes EDC. “It started at such a micro level, when EDM wasn’t even around. Now it’s at a place that we’ve always dreamed of having it. But the dream keeps growing, and dance music is always thinking about what’s next.”
After two decades, EDC Las Vegas is the gold standard of raves in America. The festival routinely sells out before the lineup is announced and will soon expand to India, Japan and Mexico. Almost every notable EDM, dubstep and techno act plays the Las Vegas edition each year.
Top acts this weekend include Above & Beyond (who just headlined the Hollywood Bowl with an orchestra), Swedish House Mafia alums Axwell Ingrosso, pop crossovers the Chainsmokers and teen phenom Martin Garrix, along with dozens of other acts from all fringes of electronic music. This year, new attractions include a full-festival live-stream and a log-flume water ride that should be helpful in the estimated 108-degree heat.
But after welcoming the fest to Las Vegas in 2011, the Nevada state government is testing the relationship.
Tickets are $429.99 for 3 day Festival.