Like moths to music, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway welcomed more than 300,000 attendees June 8-10 for the 2012 Electric Daisy Carnival by Insomniac Events. The hot topic on everyone’s Twitter feed for the weekend was not how DJ so-and-so “killed it” or “played an epic set.” Rather, it was the high winds that plagued Saturday night.
Alhough many half-joked a “raver riot” was inevitable when music shut down around 12:30 a.m. and fans were asked to move to the grandstands for their safety, it was, overall, peaceful and cooperative. The beats took a break for more than an hour. Costumed performers and a marching band were dispatched to keep the vibe going. Smaller areas, such as a DJ booth by the bamboo-structure art installation, opened again, and two art cars moved to the Cosmic Meadow area with DJs playing as well.
Still, the majority of the crowd decided to call it an early night.Those who stayed were rewarded with a mini-party evoking old desert meet-ups with just a DJ, a mediocre sound system and a few thousand fans rocking out anyway for the love of music minus the fancy production.
Since their big-stage sets were canceled—as was the case for many—Markus Schulz climbed aboard an art car for a set, followed by Steve Aoki, who seemed to revel in performing for what he called “the dedicated motherfucking hardcore fans!” Showering them with cake and Gatorade, he kept the party going until the sun came up.
Friday and Sunday went off as planned, though traffic plagued many attendees. To make up for Saturday’s weather, Insomniac invited those with single-day Saturday passes to come back Sunday. Noteworthy 2012 features include the amazing aesthetics of the first Q-Dance stage. New art installations with heightened interactivity delighted, as did the carnival rides and, of course, the DJs.