Best Weekend of the Year

With three days of dance music from dusk till dawn, inhibitions were lowered and pasties were in full bloom in June for Insomniac Events’ first Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas. Sure, you could see many of the famous headliners such as Swedish House Mafia, Skrillex, ATB, Paul Oakenfold, Afrojack and Above & Beyond at clubs on the Strip, but there’s something about the outdoor multisensory environment at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway that could never be duplicated on a single dance floor. Throw in carnival rides and hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Valley, and you’ve got the recipe for an unforgettable communal experience that makes the rest of the world take note of how one festival can shed light that dance music is here to stay—and faux fur and glitter are for everyone. Now if only there were a way to turn off the sun for a weekend.

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Crown Prince of the City

Crown Prince of the City


The Downtown Cocktail Room’s doors are impossibly un-door-ish. You walk up from the intersection of Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard, happy to join the buzzing downtown camaraderie—the urban revolution taking hold of Las Vegas—and you’re faced with walls of one-way glass and no apparent door handle. For the uninitiated, it makes for an awkward moment. Had this happened to me, and I’m not confirming that it did, the larger metaphor wouldn’t have been lost: Maybe everyone doesn’t fit in here.