So you didn’t buy your EDC ticket in time? It’s not the end of the world (after endless nights of crying it out, we’re finally getting a little more optimistic). Plus, when you think about it, there are certain perks to missing the festival this year, like running toilets and AIR CONDITIONING! Ummm we don’t know about you, but it’s a lot harder to have fun or stand in the pee pee line when it’s 115 degrees outside – alcohol or not. And last but not least, you get to avoid that awkward feeling of swamp ass (if you ask us, this is the greatest perk of them all). So get ready for the alternative late night adventures we’re about to have. If you do it right, you’ll see multiple sunrises and get an EDC-worthy experience, without the $700 price tag. Here’s a guide to everything that’s happening outside of EDC, so you don’t get a mad case of FOMO.
Omnia is hotter than a stripper in July and their DJs are a who’s who of industry chart toppers. Omnia might be bigger than some small countries, but even if you’re smashed at the back of the room, you’re still closer than most people at EDC. So basically you’re close enough to high-five EDC performers Illenium and Zedd (if you can get around the bodyguards). Yeah, EDC has a ferris wheel and crazy installation art, but do they have a kickass, space ship looking chandelier? No! And with enough alcohol and recreational activities you might think the mothership is coming to abduct you.
Sometimes we’re brand whores and go places because of the name, and Hakkasan at MGM Grand is one of those places. Like c’mon, everyone knows they hold the keys to the nightlife kingdom. It’s like a mini-EDC, except you don’t have to deal with porta potties. And since they’re competing for the EDC crowd, they’re bringing out the big guns for this weekend. We’re talking Kaskade with CID, Steve Aoki, Calvin Harris with Generik and NGHTMRE. They’re not fooling around folks. Brace for impact, because this club is bringing down the house.
Ain’t no party like a rooftop party and the rooftop party don’t stop. That’s the motto at Drai’s Nightclub and their EDC weekend is lit AF. They have Schoolboy Q, Rae Sremmurd and DJ Franzen in the house – or rooftop if we’re trying to be factually correct. This club might be smaller than the others, but don’t be fooled. Someone great once told us that it’s not about size, it’s about the motion of the ocean. And boy do they have some saucy moves.
After an all nighter, it’s time to puke and rally (hopefully you can cut out the puking part, but if not we understand). It’s time to slip into your swimsuit and keep the party going at Wet Republic. The only difference between this and the nightclub scene is you wear less clothing and you get to soak up the six packs and boobs….we mean sun and booze. Get the day started with Armin Van Buuren, Tiësto with Dzeko and Afrojack. While they’re performing, head to what seems like the longest bar ever and keep the juices flowing from last night. You can’t bow out now, you’re in it to win it.
Keep your human leash in the room because even if your friend is a runner, Liquid Day Club is intimate enough that you can see him wherever. The intimate pool club is the perfect space for all you EDM lovers who don’t like the festival crowds. Don’t let that fool you though, because this party is still off the chain – yes, that’s still cool to say (at least that’s what our moms tell us). It’s more of a quality over quantity thing. As for the DJ lineup, get ready for Cash Cash, Oliver Heldens and Matoma. You won’t be thirsty after you spend a day at Liquid.
When you get this high you experience things on a different level. Did we forget to mention Drai’s Beach Club is 11 stories above the Strip? Oops, our bad. Drai’s has one of the best DJ line-ups all weekend – talking about blowing the competition out of the water (pun intended). They have Rüfüs du Sol, Cut Snake, Zeds Dead, Louis the Child, TroyBoi, Adventure Club, Audien and Valentino Khan. Drai’s puts the mic in mic drop.
Beer lovers, rejoice. Beer Park is hosting a meet-and-greet Wednesday through Saturday to keep the FOMO at bay. Come with a strong selfie game because you’re allowed to snap a few pics with your favorite EDM artists like Slushii, Kayzo, Illenium, Louis the Child and DJ Stellar, some of whom will be spinnin’ the decks this EDC weekend. Your friends may get to see the artists perform, but you get to throw that selfie up on the Gram. Who’s the real winner? You!
See, the world didn’t end because you didn’t get your EDC ticket. Because all of these events went full EDC mode, it’s like you didn’t miss a beat. Now, it’s time to go home and flush those recreational activities out of your system.