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2014 EDC Night 3: It’s a wrap with the most enjoyable DJ set in three days by …

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Attendees watch fireworks during the final night of the 2014 Electric Daisy Carnival on Sunday, June 22, 2014, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

2014 EDC: Night Three

Performers, a queen bee and worker bees, pose during the final day of the 2014 Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sunday, June 22, 2014. Launch slideshow »

2014 EDC: Night Two

A costume parade takes to the grounds during the second night of EDC at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 21, 2014. Launch slideshow »

2014 EDC: Night One

Attendees dance during the first night of the Electric Daisy Carnival early Saturday, June 21, 2014 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Launch slideshow »

2014 Electric Daisy Carnival Night 3/Insomniac

“EDC, how are we feeling tonight? I’m Calvin Harris!”

Three exhausting but most of all exhilarating nights of the 2014 Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway have come to an end.

Was it worth the effort (fighting traffic) to attend all three days of the annual electronic dance music festival for the first time in four years?

Hells yeah.

Highlights from the final — and best — Night 3 at 2014 EDC at LVMS:

Traffic was especially unpredictable this year. Night 1 was no problem. Night 2 was a nightmare. Night 3 — well, arriving was easy, but actually entering LVMS once onsite was a headache for all involved (employees and attendees). In the end, though, the long walk to and from LVMS was not a big deal.

Great Scot! Night 3 was all about 2013’s highest-paid DJ Calvin Harris, who is a resident at Hakkasan at MGM Grand. This journalist has seen Harris of Scotland spin at Hakkasan and before that Encore Beach Club and Surrender at Steve Wynn’s Encore and cannot get enough of him.

Harris did not disappoint in his 75-minute set at Circuit Grounds on Sunday night into Monday morning. Why he wasn’t on the main stage of Kinetic Field is a mystery because the overflowing crowd of Circuit could have easily filled Kinetic. Easily.

“EDC, how are we feeling tonight? I’m Calvin Harris!” Harris is to be credited for helping to bring EDM into the mainstream by fusing house, electronic dance and pop music. His current hit “Summer” is No. 9 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

The euphoric jam-packed crowd danced, bounced and sang loudly along to the high-energy greatest-hits set enhanced by 10,500 square feet of video panels descending from Circuit’s dome ceiling: “Feel So Close,” “Bounce” (featuring Kelis), “We Found Love” (featuring Rihanna), “We’ll Be Coming Back” (featuring Example), “Sweet Nothing” (featuring Florence Welch), “Thinking About You” (featuring Ayah Marar), “I Need Your Love” (featuring Ellie Goulding), “Summer” and more.

Not bad for a man who was bagging groceries not too long ago.

For posterity, a final lap of the entire EDC layout at LVMS was the last activity before heading home at 3 a.m. Monday. There were unnecessary pockets of body-to-body, fire-code-breaking crowds, and the trash on the ground was still dis-GUST-ting, but the stages, DJs, music and costumes were incredible.

Also: 2014 EDC at LVMS welcomed 400,000 fans from all 50 states and 40 countries for more than 200 DJs over three nights. The 7-Up-sponsored Stage 7 offered dancing on an elevated catwalk. Some 70 legal weddings took place, more than five times the amount of weddings last year.

The 3D documentary “Under the Electric Sky” hits select theaters in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Phoenix on Friday. Next up: Pasquale Rotella’s Insomniac heads overseas for EDC U.K. at Milton Keynes Bowl from July 12-13. Road trip!

Check out recaps from Night 1 and Night 2 at LVMS. And kudos to the incredible work by colleagues at the Las Vegas Sun and Las Vegas Weekly — photographers and reporters.

Until next year.

Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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