A Naval Officer's First Time at EDC Las Vegas

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The Huizar's in front of the Boombox Art Cart during EDC's sunrise
Lieutenant Juan Huizar planned his first trip to EDC with the meticulous scrutiny of a submarine naval officer. Before getting in the car, he charted his route down to the mile. Instead of a molly stash, he made sure to pack a survival stash of caffeine work out pills to keep him awake and alert all night long. His uniform this week, however, was a little more relaxed-- a bright green pair of Dickies shorts, a glowing backpack, raver beads and a neon green shirt that read simply: "Let's Get Weird." Though, it wasn't destined to stay on his body for very long.

For the past 13 years, Huizar has served our country as part of the United States Navy, but I still remember him as my best friend's older brother who lived across the street from my Long Beach, California home growing up. We lost touch after I moved during high school, but thanks to social media, we have been able to keep in touch. Little did I know that 15 years later we would be dancing under the electric sky of EDC Las Vegas with his sister and two brothers.

See also: We Drink Our Asses Off With a Couple of Marines at Coachella

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The 20 Most Beautiful People at EDC 2014

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Christopher Victorio
You thought only homely people went to Electric Daisy Carnival this past weekend? Think again! This year, per usual, the bold and the beautiful made their way to Las Vegas for parties that lasted all night long.

Here are the concertgoers, shot by Christopher Victorio, whom we found particularly enchanting.

See also: Our Full EDC Coverage

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Second EDC-Related Death Reported

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Christopher Victorio
A second death connected to the weekend's Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas has been reported.

Both the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Las Vegas Sun newspapers say 25-year-old Anthony Anaya of Everett, Washington was an EDC festival-goer who was reported dead late Saturday at Vdara Las Vegas resort on the city's strip.

See also: EDC 2014 Raver's Death Under Investigation

The cause of death is reportedly under investigation. The first party-goer to die over the weekend was identified as ...

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EDC 2014: Best and Worst of the Party

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Christopher Victorio
What's it like partying with 134,000 of your closest friends?

After a fourth year covering Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, the size and scope of America's largest electronic dance music festival (and, really, one of the country's largest music events, period) still just leaves us breathless.

This is the definition of massive. That this culture has gone from warehouse raves with one laser and a few hundred people to a 1,500-acre event so large that the only way to avoid an hour-plus worth of traffic is to arrive by helicopter (which many do) is astonishing, especially if you were part of the scene in its early days:

See also: The Headliners at EDC This Year Are Terrible


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EDC Raver's Death Under Investigation

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Christopher Victorio
The Clark County Coroner is investigating the death of a 24-year-old who collapsed outside Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas Saturday morning.

An autopsy was being conducted this weekend, but results aren't yet available to the media, an official at the coroner's office told us. If drug use is suspected, it's likely that a cause-of-death determination will be put off until investigators get their hands on toxicology test results.

The raver, who collapsed outside the three-day festival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, was identified as Montgomery Tsang of San Leandro, California.

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The EDC Headliners This Year Are Terrible

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Dennis Romero

See also: The Hottest Girls of EDC 2014 (SLIDESHOW)

Big isn't always better. The fourth installment of Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas was expected to draw 140,000 people last night. And that's just day one of three.

The challenge facing its L.A.-based promoter, Insomniac, is how to balance the largesse of what has now become radio pop, with electronic dance music's underground roots.

In order to live so large, with one of the biggest festival stages in North America, the music has to be over-the-top. We're talking Steve Angello, Armin van Buuren, Martin Garrix, Hardwell, Afrojack. Unfortunately this is often ...

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We Survived EDC Mexico. So, How Did it Go?

Categories: EDC, EDM Takeover!

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Courtesy of BSK Photos
EDC Mexico Main Stage
Over the weekend, the grandiose Electric Daisy Carnival made its way to Mexico City to what became the largest dance music festival in Mexico's history! 80,000 EDM lovers filled the Autodromo (speedway) Hermanos Rodriguez over their holiday weekend from Saturday to Sunday. Proving that dance music's stadium-filling popularity stretches far beyond the borders of the states, Mexico's capital embraced the culture as they immersed themselves in an experience they would have never imagined. From babies, kids, teenagers, to parents and even old school techno loving grandpas - everyone wanted to experience what El Carnaval de la Margarita Eléctrica (EDC) is all about.

We made the journey to the inaugural EDC Mexico to see how it compares to EDC Las Vegas and get a glimpse on how Mexico views dance music culture. As we roamed the festival grounds, enjoyed some of the top names in EDM, rode the carnival rides and even shuffled our way across the dance floor, we couldn't help but feel like we were at our first ever EDC all over again. Here's what caught our attention as we joined the all around elated festival-goers.

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Pasquale Rotella on the Future of EDM in 2014
Ultra or EDC: What's the better EDM Festival

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EDC Vs Ultra: Which is Better?

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Eric Kabik / Insomniac Events
EDM fans at EDC

Though Electric Daisy Carnival has been around for two years longer than Ultra Music Festival since it's inception in 1997, for many years Ultra has been considered the largest and best electronic dance music festival in the United States. It won the International Dance Music Award for "Best Music Event" for almost six consecutive years only to be beaten out by Tomorrowland in Belgium in 2012 and 2013. However, EDC promoters Insomniac Events have won the "Best Event Promoter" title for the past two years and are reaching new heights with a recent Live Nation partnership. Today EDC is a touring festival like Ultra with stops in New York, Chicago, Orlando, Puerto Rico, London and it's main event in Las Vegas. We made the pilgrimage to Miami in March for UMF and Las Vegas for EDC a couple of weeks ago and decided to take a stab at the question on every EDM devotee's mind. Which is better EDC Las Vegas or Ultra in Miami?
See Also: NorCal vs SoCal Fests: A Comparison

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The Best and Worst of Electric Daisy Carnival

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Josh "CuriousJosh" Reiss

If there is any lingering question about the mass popularity of electronic music, one need look no further than Electric Daisy Carnival. We'd be remiss to call EDC the "Woodstock of EDM," because even one of rock's most iconic festivals doesn't hold a candle to the production, logistics, and near incomprehensible grandeur that is Insomniac's flagship rave. To call it a party would be diminutive and downright disrespectful. For three days at the end of June, EDC is an ephemeral nation unto itself with a population of more than 300,000 whose primary export is bass.

We were among the masses at Electric Daisy Carnival over the weekend. Here is the best and worst of what we saw, heard, smelled, touched and felt:


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The Gorgeous Girls of EDC Las Vegas 2013

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Chris Victorio
After 16 years of combining thumping bass, fantasy worlds and exposed flesh, the presence of absurdly beautiful women in costume is as much a part of EDC as the music. And that's probably just as much of a draw for the festival when it comes attracting bigger and bigger crowds every year. While partying down at the the Las Vegas Motor Speed way for the third year in a row, it was readily apparent that last weekend's talent pool in the beauty department had just about reached its peak this year so we decided to document it for you. Does creating an entire list dedicated to the glorious female form make us perverted? Well, we'd rather use the term "appreciative." Here now is our look back at the Gorgeous Girls at EDC Las Vegas 2013. More »

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