Prepare yourself for Electric Daisy Carnival

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It’s that time kids, Electric Daisy Carnival’s inaugural Las Vegas festival is roughly 24 hours away, and we got a sneak peak at the carnival grounds and the no-no list.

Be aware if you’ve never been to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway – it’s much larger than you think. The infield where the festival is set to take place is 15 times larger than the field at the L.A. Coliseum, EDC’s former home. This means more carnival rides, more space and more walking. Be prepared to give yourself at least 10 minutes to schlep from stage to stage.

The room does, however, give Insomniac the chance to include more rides and more art installations than ever. One bound to be a hit is the cosmicMeadow. The stage has the ground’s only patch of grass and there are bamboo installations throughout the area staged to host aerial performers. The entire circuitGroundse area is covered with lights. Think the dance tent at Coachella minus the tent skin.

The daddy of all the stages, kineticField, is the largest stage in North America according to Insomniac and can fit 40,000 revelers in its surrounding area. The area is surrounded by VIP bottle service areas on all sides, however, so keep that in mind when you’re going to see Swedish House Mafia or David Guetta in action.

Insomniac has set up a whole host of amenities to keep the inevitably overheating crowd cool. If you purchase one of their souvenir aluminum water bottles ($6) refills are free, and there are six cooling stations situated throughout the grounds. You may have to wait to enter as each station has a capacity of only 440.

Also, if you had plans to take in the action from the grandstands, think again. It hasn’t been confirmed concertgoers will be allowed to take up residence in the seats, meaning the only available seating area is the asphalt, or the small patch of grass in front of cosmicMeadow – take your pick.

The uptick is EDC won’t experience the crowding of last year, where not everyone could get onto the field at the Coliseum. There are no barriers for you getting front-and-center – except, of course, for your fellow concertgoers.

A warning before you head out to the festival grounds. The security searches have been ramped up and Insomniac is enforcing a zero-tolerance policy. Think TSA security at the airport — even down to the removal of your shoes. The contraband list contains all the usual suspects and a few not-so-usual items.

Do not plan on bringing the following:

  • Laser pointers
  • LED gloves or micro lights
  • Pacifiers
  • Eyedrops
  • Stuffed-animal backpacks
  • Open packs of cigarettes
  • Unsealed Chapstick

With about 40,000 people per day set to come through its gates prepare for long lines at security.



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