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EDC Las Vegas 2021: 10 Key Moments

Certainly, after a 17-month hiatus as a result of pandemic, EDC roared again into city with its thumping bass, groovy trance and plenty of different types of dance and digital music. The competition has come a great distance because it first moved to the desert from Los Angeles in 2011 — with traditional moments just like the 2012 evacuation of the competition on account of a windstorm, or the Purple Bull Sky Dive staff floating into the fest, or when Bryan Cranston appeared throughout Above & Past’s 2015 set as his his notorious character Walter White — commemorated all through the weekend.

After all, many new reminiscences had been made as nicely. Listed below are 10 standout moments from the weekend.

A Zenner EDC 

The theme for 2021 was kineticZEN, an excellent concept contemplating the type of yr many people had in 2020. This theme performed out in an enormous means at EDC’s all the time huge kineticFIELD stage, the reveal of which is a spotlight of the occasion every year. For kineticZEN, the Insomniac owl on the stage was nestled in a lotus blossom guarded by two statuesque deities. The Marquee nightclub Sky Deck — a partnership with the Strip’s Marquee nightclub that hosts many EDC VIPs — riffed on the theme with a Balinese design and a grotto for picture opps. In the meantime, a nightly drone present highlighted a few of kineticFIELD’s stage designs from through the years.

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EDC Las Vegas 2021

Huge-Identify Sponsors Had been Again

Whereas main manufacturers might have shied away within the early days of EDC, now everyone seems to be competing for naming rights. Allegiant Journey — the identical firm that purchased the naming rights to Vegas’ just lately opened Allegiant Stadium — had its title all around the the “Rave Terminal.” In the meantime cryptocurrency alternate platform Coinbase claimed the “Pixel Forest” and Verizon had its personal viewing decks.

The Reign of Alison Wonderland

In 2016, Alison Wonderland made historical past as one of many first two ladies to play a solo set on the EDC mainstage. (Anna Lunoe additionally performed solo on this identical stage in 2016.) 5 years later, Alison Wonderland continued as a significant drive at EDC with a set that was one of many weekend’s most talked about. Her Friday evening efficiency on the Circuit Grounds stage was all the pieces EDC is understood for, with a writhing mass of humanity shifting to the massive sounds whereas fireworks lit the sky above them. Wonderland’s visuals featured function movie model clips with fan commentary, and when the Australian producer’s mixer broke through the set, she fastened it herself after which saved proper on taking part in. That evening round 3 a.m., she additionally jumped on the Parliament artwork automotive for a house-only pop-up set.

A great deal of Celebs 

Along with the greater than 200 DJs taking part in the present, EDC hosted a bevy of celebs, together with Mike Tyson, who frolicked with Insomniac Founder and CEO Pasquale Rotella. Pauly Shore confirmed up on the Marquee Sky Deck, as did Drew Carey, whereas Brody Jenner arrived by helicopter and performed visitor bartender, serving his exhausting seltzer line Mamitas. And solely in Las Vegas: Tao Group, which owns Marquee, bused in 200 fashions to move out Tao restaurant bento packing containers to hungry ravers.

October Climate

Whereas EDC hours are sometimes billed as “nightfall ’til daybreak,” that tagline was barely much less correct this yr, given the occasion’s postponement from Could to October. This time, EDC’s commonplace hours — 6 p.m.-6 a.m. — meant that the occasion began simply after sundown and that the solar did not totally rise till about an hour after the present ended every morning. The calendar shift additionally meant cooler temperatures, with the occasion’s sometimes heat Could nights being traded for early morning temperatures that dipped into the excessive 50s. This fall climate meant that the sometimes scantily clad EDC crowd (assume pasties, tutus and never a complete lot else) as an alternative opted for fake fur coats and, in additional DIY sartorial selections, emergency mylar thermal blankets worn as capes.

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EDC Las Vegas 2021

EDC within the COVID Period

With EDC having been postponed from Could to October on account of shifting protocols across the pandemic, security was high of thoughts given the huge crowd. Attendees had been suggested to convey both a copy of their vaccination card, a digital vaccine document or adverse check outcomes, though one report from the overall admission space famous that nobody on the safety workers requested to see any of this data upon entry. (A check consequence was, nonetheless, requested upon getting into the VIP Skydeck space.) We additionally witnessed little or no masking, maybe an irony provided that masks are a typical style staple at any given EDC.

Ten Years of Tiësto

Billed as the one artist to have performed all 10 years of EDC Las Vegas, the dance scene veteran took the kineticFIELD stage on Saturday evening to play hits together with “Cut up” and “The Enterprise.”

Camp EDC Rises Once more — With a Few Complaints

Camp EDC is the competition’s tenting space situated within the car parking zone of the Motor Speedway, and it is grown in reputation since its 2018 debut, providing facilities like goat yoga, kandi making, a pool and daytime events. Divided into tents and an RV space, there have been some complaints over the weekend as this yr tents weren’t outfitted with air con items, as they’ve been in years previous. Those who filed a criticism with Insomniac had been notified that air con wasn’t supplied on account of the truth that cooler October temperatures didn’t necessitate it. On Thursday, a damaged water pipe additionally prompted some points at Camp EDC, though water companies had been restored earlier than the top of the day.

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EDC Las Vegas 2021

Surprises Galore

This yr, Lil Nas X appeared onstage with Diplo to carry out “Trade Child,” “Montero” and “Previous City Highway,” whereas The Child LAROI popped up throughout DJ Snake’s set to do “Keep.” Diplo in actual fact performed 3 times over the weekend, together with an unannounced set look on the Forest Home artwork automotive. Illenium, who wasn’t on the lineup in any respect, additionally turned up for a shock set on this identical artwork automotive.

Authorized Weed, or at Least Ads for It

Whereas it is authorized to own as much as an oz of marijuana for private use in Las Vegas, the regulation dictates that use of hashish is simply authorized on personal property. However whereas hashish wasn’t legally allowed at EDC, that did not cease the consumption or promotion of it, with a large blunt artwork set up promoting Insomniac’s just lately launched hashish pressure, RNBW.

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