Upon my 1 a.m. arrival upon the final night of Electric Daisy Carnival,
something different was in the air. The love was still there, the music was loud as ever, the energy higher than the Mega-Drop — but there was a hint of
sadness that the three-day funfest was coming to a close.
Friday night was like the pre-game, Saturday the busiest (and to some, the peak of it all) and Sunday was a happy come down. The Kinetic Field was packed to the brim for the handsome trio and most exciting headliners, Swedish House Mafia. There was not a body in sight who didn’t move as the threesome played an incredible set consisting of Axwell’s remix of “Teenage Crime,” Thomas Gold’s mix of Lady Gaga’s “Judas” and their latest single “Save the World Tonight,” which brought some emo-turned-raver kids to tears.
More high-energy sets from Laidback Luke, Afrojack, Wolfgang Gartner, Dash Berlin, Markus Schulz and Chris Garcia highlighted the night. Guests got their last spin of rides, hydrated as much as possible then picked which stage would consitute the final dance party of the weekend. Beginning at 4:30 a.m., our pick was the Neon Garden stage for Dada Life. More enthusiastic Las Vegas-loving Swedes took the stage for an hour-and-a-half set, making sure that their audience left EDC on a high.
After a remix of Gwen Stefani’s “Holla Back Girl,” — in which shit got bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S — Dada Life spun their own singles “Unleash the Fucking Dada” and “Cookies With A Smile,” and a remix of Kaskade’s “Dynasty.” Tossing out inflatable champagne bottles and inflatable larger than life bananas, the DJs also entertained the crowd when they welcomed their dancers clad in banana costumes, eating bananas. The crowd went wild, jumping up and down, shuffling in hopes that maybe if they keep dancing, EDC will never end.
Finally around 5:30 a.m., large crowds, mixed with kids who looked ready to keep going and some that looked like they were never ready to begin with, flooded the exits. EDC 2011 was over. Start planning for 2012.