The Carnival spirit spills onto the Strip

For three glorious days June 8-10, we’ll be partying from sundown to sunrise at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. But if all the Electric Daisy Carnival goodness has you craving more during the daylight hours—or even before/after you hit the festival—you can keep it going at a plethora of official parties held in conjunction with what is being billed as EDC Week in Vegas.

In addition to the first EDMbiz conference at the Cosmopolitan (June 5-7), you can chill poolside on Thursday at the EDMbiz free pool party with deep-house maestro Miguel Migs and conference host Jason Bentley. While Benny Benassi bangs out the electro house at Marquee Nightclub, Hardwell is at Lavo, if you’re looking for something a bit more progressive in the evening. But for the bass-music lovers, the spot to be Thursday night is the Orleans Arena for the Bassrush Massive featuring Datsik, Knife Party, Bassnectar, Excision and 12th Planet to gear you up for the festival vibe. Unlike the club events, this one is 18-and-up. For those that have endless energy, the next stop is Drai’s Afterhours with a rare Vegas club appearance by minimal master Richie Hawtin.

If you’re addicted to beats and can’t wait for EDC, Above & Beyond brings the Anjunabeats flavor to Marquee Dayclub Friday. Or if you have friends who didn’t act fast enough to get EDC tickets before they sold out, send ’em over to Marquee at night for the legendary Armin van Buuren, or the cleverly crafty Fedde le Grand at Tao.

For Saturday, get your pre-EDC partying done at Tao Beach with the duo of Cosmic Gate, then when the sun rises after Day 2, the incomparable Carl Cox closes it out at Drai’s Afterhours. And if you can keep it going like the Energizer Bunny on Sunday, stumble over to Marquee Dayclub again to check out Avicii and Gareth Emery or Markus Schulz and Ferry Corsten at Tao Beach before going back to the Speedway.

If you’re still reveling in the energy of EDC when it’s all over, there’s always Danny Tenaglia at Marquee Dayclub during the day Monday. Whew!

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