The Electronic Daisy Carnival, more commonly referred to by its acronym EDC, is an annual electronic dance music (EDM) held in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Today we'll be giving you the lowdown on how to get there, where to stay, what to do while you're there and how to get tickets to the festival.
Electric Daisy Carnival Overview
The first iteration of the event was held in the early 1990’s, at a warehouse rave party in Pacoima, Las Angeles, by Gary Richards and Steven Hauptfuhr.
It was not until 1997 that the event was coined “Electronic Daisy Carnival”, held at the Shrine Expo Hall in LA, a name that was accepted by Richards and Hauptfuhr. The 1997 event was organised and managed by Insomniac Events, a music promoter established in 1993, who continue to host and promote the event.
Until 2009, EDC was only a one-day event, but in this year became a two day event. Only two years later in 2011 it increased further to a three-day event, where it drew in over 230,000 festival goers.
Its popularity continued to surge following the expansion of its length; the 2015 EDC saw 400,000 attendees over the course of its three days.
Electric Daisy Carnival Worldwide
Like many of the most popular EDM festivals in the world, EDC has branched out from being exclusive to its initial country of origin, and has been hosted in countries like India, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Japan and India, amongst others. In 2019, events were held in Mexico City and Tokyo.
One of EDC’s key distinguishing characteristics is its general aesthetic, which incorporate three dimensional ‘super structures’, an emphasis on a glow in the dark, colourful environment constructed from a plethora of LED infused fauna and flora.
In addition to the musical aspects of the festival, there are many other elements as part of the overall festival experience.
What You Can Expect At EDC?
There are many interactive art exhibits and rides littered throughout the festivities, diversifying the event and drawing the attention of participants of interests beyond just the EDM music.
Of course, EDC is primarily renowned for the artists it puts on stage every year and the high quality production of the music.
Many of the most revered artists in EDM have played at EDC numerous times, such as Armin van Buuren, Hardwell, Calvin Harris and Tiesto. It’s continued growth and improvements year after year led to its crowning of “Festival of the Year” by the Electronic Music Awards in 2017, beating out other renowned festivals like Tomorrowland, Electric Forest, Movement and Lightning in a Bottle.
It is also nominated for this same award for the 2019 awards. It has also been a consistent nominee for “Best Music Event” by the International Dance Music Awards from 2010-2016.
Electric Daisy Carnival Charities
EDC also makes many charitable contributions; for every flagship event held (those in Las Vegas), a percentage of the ticket sales are donated to national charities and community organisations.
Since 2011, over $2 million USD has been donated to charities such as Families of Effective Autism Treatment, Boys and Girls Club of Southern Nevada and Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation.
EDC has also partnered, in the past, with a fundraising platform named Surreal, who ran a sweepstakes that afforded opportunities for individuals to engage in activities like helicopter rides with some of the performers at the event.
How To Buy Electric Daisy Carnival Tickets
Tickets to EDC regularly sell out months in advance so make sure you visit the official website and signup for notifications on when tickets will be published.
GA Tickets regularly cost $299 - $379 plus taxes and fees. GA+ tickets cost $559 plus taxes and fees. VIP costs $779 plus fees and taxes.
Once the GA and VIP tickets have sold out you have to join a wait list, which can be done via the official website.
Some of the only ways to secure last minute tickets include buying a bottle service or having your wedding at electric daisy carnival.
Unlike Ultra Music Festival, EDC is located far from nearby hotels so you'll need to add a camping package to stay close to the action. Again these regularly sell out with the mesa, moon glow shiftpod's and desert rose camping grounds being popular.
RV camping can be purchased for $449 which includes designated plots, power hookups, RV water refills and pump outs.
Electric Daisy Carnival VIP Tickets
Tickets for the VIP are priced competitively compared with similar events. You get access to a dedicated express entrance as well as VIP bathrooms, fully stocked bars, cellphone charging stations and chill zones.
You also get a VIP show lanyard. Additionally you get access to a water refill station, complimentary breakfast from 4-5.30am (before bed!) as well as dedicated gourmet food trucks.
If that wasn't enough you'll have access to a body paint bar, kandi bracelet making station, splash pool and hookah lounge.
Lastly you'll get faster access to the world famous daisy carnival rides located in the GA area and of course your own Ferris wheel for other VIP's.
For the extra money, VIP is definitely the place to be at EDC.
How To Get To Electric Daisy Carnival?
The event is held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, yeah where the Nascar races are held. Getting to Las Vegas isn't an issue with Air New Zealand or United Airlines flights from Auckland to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Houston with short connecting flights to Las Vegas.
Another option might be a short flight to Melbourne or Sydney with a connection on Qantas and American Airlines who regularly compete against Air New Zealand on pricing across to the States.
At the time of posting a return trip can be purchased for $1250 - $1700 depending on the route and airline, in economy class. Business class is $4500-$7000.
Where To Stay In Las Vegas?
Electric Daisy Carnival is located at the speedway which is located 20 miles away from the nearest airport. A trip usually takes 25-30 minutes.
We'd recommend camping at the festival as it's the most affordable option and avoids expensive Uber or Taxi rides.
But if you would rather stay in a hotel then you have a few options.
The closest hotel is the Super 8 by Wyndham which costs $100 per night usually but likely more expensive during the festival. Nearby you've also got the Comfort Inn.
Tourists usually prefer to stay on the 'strip' where all the casinos are so be sure to checkout the luxury hotels of Trump International, The Palazzo, The Venetian and my personal favourite the Bellagio.
Those with deep pockets should consider the Four Seasons or the SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand which is sure to impress during your stay in the city that never sleeps.
What To Do In Las Vegas During EDC?
It's not all about the daisy carnival, there's plenty of other events to checkout during your time in Las Vegas.
The first is to check your favourite artists and see where they are performing. Most only perform once at EDC but then might be contracted out to night clubs in Las Vegas for a few nights.
You can check this events calendar for the places to go each night.
Additionally to this you should checkout the pool parties that take place during EDC week. Most are held at the luxury hotels in the city.
Finally there's plenty to see and do in the city itself and for those thrill-seekers I always recommend hiring out a Lamborghini Aventador and roll around town like the high roller you really want to be!