LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — Nearly 138,000 electric music fans made the trek to Las Vegas Motor Speedway overnight for the first of three days of the Electric Daisy Carnival.
Of the 137,582 reported attendees, 29 were arrested on felony narcotics charges and one DUI alcohol arrest.
Insomniac Productions reported 32 people being ejected for various reasons.
Traffic was hampered by Project Neon road construction, including a weekend-long closure of U.S. 95 at Interstate 15 for bridge construction. The closure will be in affect until the early hours Monday.
Kicking off the EDC weekend on Thursday night, the inaugural Camp EDC offered Headliners an exclusive pre-party celebration hosted by Excision atop the Parliament Art Car, featuring Habstrakt and G Jones, with surprise sets by NGHTMRE b2b Slander and Wavedash. Continuing the fun throughout Friday with a loaded roster, Camp EDC offered fans activities designed to excite the mind, body and soul, including goat yoga, silent meditation, Capoeira fusion, live model painting, DJ-hosted parties at the Oasis Pool, and so much more.
For the first time ever, EDC Las Vegas opened the doors early with Opening Ceremonies at cosmicMEADOW, allowing fans to start the party with sets by Adin and Chris Lake b2b Chris Lorenzo. Hosted by HARD, cosmicMEADOW is home to some of the most eclectic group of artists at EDC Las Vegas.
Love surrounded fans as they entered the festival grounds and looked upon kineticFIELD with awe as two towering majestic figures showed the true meaning of Kinetic Love as they guarded the heart of the festival. The 405-foot wide by 98-foot tall structure housed sets by some of the world’s top dance music artists, including Diplo, Kaskade, Joyride, Slushii and more. Spanning 350,000 square feet, the stage features 427 moving lights, 44 flame units, 40 lasers and eight confetti blowers.
EDC Las Vegas will return for Day 2 on Saturday. Gates open at 7 p.m.