Tuesday, June 28, 2011 | 6:32 p.m.
By Anisa Buttar
Incredible world-class performers and more than 80,000 passionate music lovers created the perfect vibe to end Las Vegas’ first Electric Daisy Carnival and the 15th overall. People in full-length Marilyn Manson-style black coats and chains danced alongside girls and boys of all colors and sizes barely contained by their underwear.
Not one discerning look or scoff was heard. EDC -- here in Las Vegas (the official count is more than 230,000 over the three days at Las Vegas Motor Speedway) and everywhere -- is truly a place to celebrate who you are and others and be free. Thanks to Steve Marcus, Nikki Villoria and Erik Kabik for their photo galleries on the final night of EDC.
Swedish youngsters Avicii and Alesso played back-to-back sets on the main stage. The more-established 21-year-old Avicii played a 90-minute set of his dreamy disco house. The crowd was feeling the positive vibes, singing along to his hit with Sebastien Drums, “My Feelings for You,” and “Hang With Me” featuring Robyn. Fans jumped and shuffled for his heavenly hit “Levels” and remix of Armin van Buuren’s 2011 “Drowning.”
Swedish prodigy Alesso, 18, snagged a 30-minute set before the Swedish House Mafia. Alesso played a heavier house set, wasting little time with build-ups. “Dynamite” got the crowd jumping and grooved to his pulsing house tempo. This youngster, just old enough to attend the event, left a great first impression for those unaware of the rising star.
Steve Angello, Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso concluded the Swedish invasion on the main stage. The extremely popular Swedish House Mafia played to a sea of house music lovers. Lights, lasers, fire and smoke dazzled the crowd as the experts seamlessly flowed through their tracks, rock songs and brand new bangers like Arty’s “Around the World.” People sang along to their dreamy versions of The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Other Side” and REM’s “Losing My Religion.”
SHM essentials like “One,” “Knas,” “Teenage Crime” and “In the Air” elicited a powerful response, as did their smash hit “Save the World.” Everyone in sight was dancing, from the VIP bleachers to the edges of the at-capacity crowd. These house music masters have cemented their spot in dance music history.
The Netherlands’ Laidback Luke took over the main stage at 3 a.m. The crowd was full as fans went nuts to his hip-hop-inspired style of house. “Timebomb” and his remix of Calvin Harris’ “Dirty Talk” electrified fans. The biggest surprise drop at EDC occurred when Luke played System of a Down’s 2001 rock phenomenon “Chop Suey!” Fans on the barricade jumped wildly, head banging and screaming the lyrics. Luke transitioned to his hit “Turbulence” with Lil’ John and Steve Aoki, perfectly mixing Serj Tankian’s voice into Lil’ John’s voice as the track started.
People were entranced at Circuit Grounds on Sunday. Trance heavyweights Ferry Corsten, Markus Schulz, ATB and Dash Berlin drew people to the stage with their celestial sounds. People ran into the crowd singing along to ATB’s trance anthems, “Ecstasy” and “Till I Come.” Dash Berlin’s progressive brand of trance brought the trance block to an end. Fans danced with glow sticks and moved to their lush sound.
The only way to end a three-day party binge like EDC is with the punishing hardstyle of The Netherlands’ Showtek. Brothers Sjoerd and Wouter Janssen gave an indefatigable performance. Sjoerd commanded the stage like a rock star. He spoke to the audience often, telling them to sing along, jump and clap their hands. Both brothers shouted and jumped during the entire, and the 5 a.m. crowd was relentless.
The duo pleased virile fans by unleashing quintessential Showtek tracks like “The World Is Mine” and “Here We F*cking Go” and showed versatility by sampling popular artists. The crowd loved their hardstyle approach to dub step, singing along with lighters in hand to Deadmau5’s “Raise Your Weapon” and Skrillex’s “Cinema.” Shuffling turned to freak-out dancing when they sampled house burners “Let the Bass Kick” by Chuckie and The Bloody Beetroots’ “Warp 1.9.”
The crowd was stronger than ever as the sun came up. Crazed fans threw countless candy bracelets onstage, and Sjoerd put them all on his arms. As the intro to their anthem “FTS” started, fans raised their hands and shouted, “This is what I love and can’t stop loving, get wasted at parties, from 9 till 7 in the morning!” When the track dropped, security rushed to stand on the barricades, and fans were shaking them at least three feet off the ground.
The group thanked the crowd, bowing to them and clapping. “You guys are crazy, it’s 6 in the morning!” Sjoerd shouted. The brothers met with fans after their set, taking pictures and signing various items like Insomniac water bottles and T-shirts. Wouter thanked fans for staying until the end.
“We wouldn’t miss it,” they responded.
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- Counterfeit wristband operation found at EDC (6-25-2011)
- Electric Daisy Carnival looks right at home in Las Vegas on Night 1 (6-25-2011)
- 21 arrests for first day of EDC (6-25-2011)
- Celebrating freedom through the fantastic at Electric Daisy Carnival (6-25-2011)
- ‘So far, so good’ at Electric Daisy Carnival, Metro Police say (6-24-2011)
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