EDC fans, are you ready to have the time of your life in Vegas?

Update May 2, 2013: The 2013 Electric Daisy Carnival has announced its performers. Featured acts include Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, Avicii, Hardwell, Dash Berlin, Above & Beyond, Afrojack and Skrillex (who will perform as Dog Blood with Boys Noize). For a complete list of performers, click here.

The biggest annual celebration for electronic dance music lovers is on its way to Sin City again. The Electric Daisy Carnival is returning for a third straight year to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on June 21 – 23.

If you don’t have tickets, you better hurry up and buy them. VIP passes have already sold out, and there’s a limited supply of general admission passes available that can be purchased here.

Stage at EDC Las Vegas 2012

One of the stunningly designed stages at EDC Las Vegas 2012 (photo by Ryan Shewchuk)

The same holds true for hotel accommodations. Don’t wait until the last minute – or you may end up sleeping on the hot desert floor! Check out VEGAS.com, where there are still some great room deals to be found.

For those who haven’t been to EDC, it’s truly an extraordinary experience. Try to imagine a kaleidoscope of both sight and sound – and that will barely give you an idea of what it feels like to be there. Now in its 17th year, this immersive audiovisual event that welcomes the 18 and older crowd in Las Vegas (as well as other cities in North America and Puerto Rico) has always been more than just a conventional music festival.

Kicked off in 1997 at the Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles, EDC is produced by Insomniac. This company is renowned throughout the world for creating innovative music presentations with multisensory environments that often boast large-scale art installations, carnival rides and interactive circus-style performances. Insomniac also enlists the industry’s most renowned electronic dance music talent to appear at its gatherings.

EDC Las Vegas 2012 Q-danceSTAGE

The Q-dance stage at EDC Las Vegas 2012 (photo by Ryan Shewchuk)

Although the official lineup for EDC Las Vegas 2013 hasn’t been announced, rumors are running rampant. Several of the DJs who have a stronghold at the pools and nightclubs on the Strip – like Kaskade, Sebastian Ingrosso, Sander Van Doorn, Nero and Diplo – are expected to perform.

Last year, attendance records topped 320,000 people at the 1,000-acre space at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Crowds rocked out at six stages, including those in the Cosmic Meadow, Kinetic Field, Neon Garden and Bass Pod. All of them featured unique designs created with LED paneling, lasers and pyrotechnics.

Among the amazing art installations at EDC Las Vegas 2012 was a steampunk octopus called “El Pulpo Mechanico.” Plus, there were giant misting daisies and the heat-spewing “Spire of Fire” as well as lounge-like areas, posh VIP decks, fruit stands, bars and water stations. More than 500 theatrical performers donned whimsical costumes and strolled, danced or were dangled from stages amid the crowds. Cast members from some of Las Vegas’ most beloved shows – like Blue Man Group and Cirque du Soleil’s “Zumanity” – were also on hand.

Want to see photos of all the fun and madness at EDC Las Vegas 2012? Click here for Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3.

Fireworks at EDC Las Vegas 2012

Impressive fireworks displays rained over EDC Las Vegas 2012 (photo by Ryan Shewchuk)

Since part of the fun at any EDC event is the fans’ creative participation, be aware that you’ll be expected to attend in colorful garb and body paint.

In addition to the main Disney-esque three-day entertainment experience (complete with nightly fireworks displays), Insomniac is organizing EDC Week, which is scheduled to run from June 18 – 25. This will consist of almost eight full days of dayclub, nightclub and pool party events combined with the EDMbiz music conference being held on June 18 – 20 at The Cosmopolitan.

Far from just a simple electronic dance music festival, EDC has grown into a one-of-a-kind, not-to-be-missed entertainment spectacle – and Las Vegas couldn’t be luckier than to be counted among the host cities.


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