Sure, we have our issues with the predictability of Electric Daisy Carnival's lineup this year: With the likes of Tiesto, David Guetta and Afrojack on the bill, it was about as surprising as taxes. The talent seemed to reflect Coachella's lineup in April which, in turn, mirrored last year's EDC.
We've said enough about that. The truth is that Electric Daisy is probably the most urgent, youthful music festival in North America, and it has the nation's largest main stage to prove it.
Here are the five reasons why Electric Daisy Carnival, which was held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway over the weekend, rules:
Christopher Victorio Christopher Victorio Steve Angello at EDC 2012.
3. Las Vegas. When EDC left town last year after electronic dance music events were essentially shut out of the L.A. Coliseum, it seemed like the end of the candy rave era in L.A. The party moved to Vegas and was transformed into a world-class music festival that now rivals Coachella for respect.
One reason is that Vegas, the ultimate party city, is the right fit for 100,000 screaming EDM fans. The after-party was 24/7, as it should be. It feels like EDC has become an adult, and Vegas is the ultimate adult playground.
2. Weather. Yeah, the winds sucked Saturday, with 40-plus mile-per-hour gusts buffeting sound stages. But damn if EDC didn't find a way to match the glorious desert ambiance of Coachella. The Mojave desert on a June night with John Digweed on the decks at 1 a.m. in 70-plus degree weather? Sublime. Indio ain't got much on that.
In a few short years the scene has gone from infantile fairy costumes to strip-club attire. Fishnets. Bikinis. Pasties. We weren't looking.
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