Saturday night at the 2012 Electric Daisy Carnival was anticipated by many to be the most eventful of the three-day festival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but few could have predicted that it would be the result of extreme weather conditions.
It's around 4 a.m. when DJ Steve Aoki starts pouring sparkling wine on himself, and one gets the feeling that the first night of Electric Daisy Carnival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway is at its peak. Rapper Iggy Azalea appears alongside Aoki; the spitfire's set works the crowd further into a frenzy. Whether pressed against the stage or lingering by an “Electric Lemonade” stand, there isn’t a single person who isn’t dancing for as far as the eye can see.
When most people think of women and the Electric Daisy Carnival, a stereotype might come to mind: A scantily clad siren decked out in pasties and holding glowsticks, writhing about a go-go cage. But that’s beginning to change.
The name Electric Daisy Carnival has a benign ring to it, like a cross between a geeky tech convention and a flower show. But the three-night music-dance festival that will reverberate this weekend at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway is one of the biggest DJ-driven music events of its kind in North America — and it could generate upward of $136 million for the Clark County economy.
First the oh-so-important basics: Beat the heat, stay comfy and keep it cheap. You’re sure to get dirty, sweaty, boozy and glittery, so go with clothes you don’t mind bringing home with a thick coating of dust (or sparkles). Now for the fun stuff: Halloween is still four months away, but if you’re at the speedway this weekend, almost anything goes.
The dance ended early for 61 attendees at the 2011 Electric Daisy Carnival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway when they were arrested by Metro Police. Authorities considered that double-digit number a success. This year, police hope to make that number even smaller.
During the three-day Electric Daisy Carnival last year, officials estimate ravers poured more than $130 million into the Southern Nevada economy. The success of the music fest at Las Vegas Motor Speedway surprised many, especially those who thought the young people flocking to town would be drug-addled paupers who would buy concert tickets and little else. No question drugs were a part of the equation. But Las Vegas police, part of the festival oversight, reported virtually no problems or serious medical episodes. However, now it’s the alleged criminal activity of one of the festival organizers that has prompted questions about ...
The producer of the Electric Daisy Carnival, which last summer attracted about 200,000 fans to a rave at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, is one of six men indicted in a corruption scandal in California, the Los Angeles Times reports today. ...