• Awesome People We Met on Day 1 of EDC Las Vegas 2016

    Wow, 20 years of EDC. A lot has changed since the first Electric Daisy Carnival went down in Los Angeles, yet some things will never change—we’re talking about just how awesome our Headliners have stayed throughout the years. They rule our world; it’s their unbridled enthusiasm that gets us up in the morning and what keeps us motivated to continue the party for the next 20 years—and beyond. Here are a few seriously awesome people we had the pleasure of chatting up on day one of EDC Las Vegas 2016. Can’t wait to see what day two brings. Until then…

    Name: Steve
    Hometown: Los Angeles
    Number of EDCs: Fourth
    What are you looking forward to most this weekend? Always Tiësto. I’ve probably seen him over 30 times.
    What was your journey to EDC Las Vegas like? The travel was easy—3-1/2 hours. Not so bad, speeding a little bit. I love Las Vegas; I think it’s the perfect place for EDC to be. The EDC trailers that I’ve seen inspired my outfit; if it weren’t for the GTA trailer—“Help me, Obi-Wan”—I would not have done this. I saw it and said I need to be there and see him today dressed up like Boba Fett.

     

    Name: Samantha, Desree
    Age: 28 (both)
    Hometown: Humboldt, CA (both)
    Number of EDCs: Fifth (Samantha), First (Desree)
    What are you looking forward to most this weekend?
    Samantha: Having a great time with my best friends, and enjoying amazing music and the culture and all the love, and just being here with everybody.
    Desree: Learning about the culture. Everyone seems so nice and welcoming, and I’ve only been here for a few minutes.
    What was your journey to EDC Las Vegas like?
    Samantha: It was extremely well thought-out. It’s my fifth year, so I helped my friend—it’s her first year. We went above and above every other year, because I’m so excited to have her here with me. It took me about a month and a half to get the outfit together.
    Desree: My husband gave me this trip for my birthday, because he knew I wanted to come here really bad before we have a baby together, so I’m going to rage it up. I was completely shocked when he gave me the present. We had dinner, and he put an EDC bracelet around my beer for the surprise.

     

    Name: Lauren, Ariana
    Age: 23 (Lauren), 24 (Ariana)
    Hometown: Los Angeles, CA (both)
    Number of EDCs: Sixth (Lauren); third, but first time in Vegas (Ariana)
    What are you looking forward to most this weekend?
    Lauren: Just seeing everyone I love, being around amazing people, hanging out with my rave family—we came with like 20 people.
    Ariana: What Lauren said—being here with great friends and experiencing EDC with everyone here.
    What was your journey to EDC Las Vegas like?
    Lauren: This year was actually super last-minute; I decided to come about a few weeks ago. My friend told me she was going, and I said all right, let’s go. So, I bought my ticket off some friends, got my outfits together, and here I am.
    Ariana: We got here last night, and all we’ve been doing is looking forward to today. I’m super excited to be here, because I’ve never been to EDC in Vegas before. It’s a whole new world here in Vegas for EDC.

     

    Name: Andrew & Erica
    Age: 24 (Andrew), 23 (Erica)
    Hometown: Melbourne, Australia (Andrew), Pleasanton, CA (Erica)
    Number of EDCs: Second (Andrew), Third (Erica)
    What are you looking forward to most this weekend?
    Erica: Dancing and meeting people!
    What was your journey to EDC Las Vegas like?
    Erica: The first time we met was three years ago at Oktoberfest in Germany. I had just gone to my first EDC, and our conversation was about raving and festivals. I was like, “You know what? I’m gonna come and see you next summer, and then we’re going to go to EDC together.” And we’ve come ever since.

     

    Name: Austin
    Age: 25
    Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA
    Number of EDCs: First
    What are you looking forward to most this weekend?
    Spending time with my family out here and seeing RL Grime. He’s gonna kill it. This is my first EDC, so I’m looking forward to the 20th anniversary experience! This is also my eighth year wearing this jacket to every single show, concert, festival I go to.
    What was your journey to EDC Las Vegas like?
    Amazing, actually! I followed one of my favorite bands out here—Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros—and went to some national parks along the way. Doing the same thing on the way back.

     

    Name: Tido, Josslyn, Mark
    Age: 24 (Tido), 23 (Josslyn), 23 (Mark)
    Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
    Number of EDCs: First (Tido and Josslyn), (Mark)
    Are you celebrating any anniversaries this weekend?
    Tido & Mark: Yes! It’s actually both Tido’s birthday, and our anniversary as a couple.
    Josslyn: I’m really just here celebrating all of these milestones with them, as well as my first official year at EDC!
    What was your journey to EDC Las Vegas like?
    Mark: It’s been really fun. Only took us four hours to get here, and we’ve been around since Thursday.
    Josslyn: It’s been nothing but amazing memories so far.

     

    Name: Kaitlyn, Noel
    Age: 24 (both)
    Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah (both)
    Number of EDCs: Second (both)
    What are you looking forward to most this weekend?
    Kaitlyn: Looking forward to Alesso, Kaskade, all the stages—and to maybe go on a ride!
    What was your journey to EDC Las Vegas like?
    Kaitlyn: We actually just got in today and are leaving tomorrow.
    Noel: Only one night. We wish we could stay, but one night is better than none!

     

    Name: Michael
    Age: 20
    Hometown: Mechanicsburg, PA
    Number of EDCs: Third
    What are you looking forward to most this weekend? Finally seeing RL Grime, plus all of the new stages.
    What was your journey to EDC Las Vegas like? Jesus. Strenuous and stressful. Our flight was delayed. We just wanted to get here and get to bed so we could rest up for today. We ended up going to bed at 4am East Coast time, but we feel great now.

     

    Name: Lauren and Kyle
    Age: 24 (Lauren), 27 (Kyle)
    Hometown: St. Petersburg, FL
    Number of EDCs: Fifth (Lauren), second (Kyle)
    What are you looking forward to most this weekend?
    Lauren: Seeing Seven Lions.
    Kyle: Lumberjack, Prototype and 12th Planet.
    What was your journey to EDC Las Vegas like?
    Lauren: A little bit intense, but so worth it. It was a very long flight and a little bit stressful. Our parents came to see us get married, so it was a lot of planning.

     

    Name: Julia
    Age: 20
    Hometown: Orlando, FL
    Number of EDCs: I’ve been to EDC Orlando twice, and this will be my second year at EDC Las Vegas.
    What are you looking forward to most this weekend? I’m looking forward to showing my crew all of EDC Vegas, because this is all their first time.
    What was your journey to EDC Las Vegas like? It was magical and stressful. We roamed around Chicago for a while and then we finally got here, so we’re excited. We missed the plane. We had a six-hour layover until the next plane ride, and so we decided to take the B-Line and roam around Chicago.         

     

    Name: Miguel
    Age: 27
    Hometown: Desert Hot Springs, CA
    Number of EDCs: Sixth
    What are you looking forward to most this weekend? Everything: having fun with my family and my girlfriend—the whole experience.
    What was your journey to EDC Las Vegas like? I’m at school right now at UC Santa Cruz. I had to drive down to Desert Hot Springs to pick up some of my family and then drive to Vegas.

    All photos by Skyler Greene.

    EDC Las Vegas 2016 takes place June 17–19 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. A limited number of VIP tickets and shuttle passes are available now. For more information, visit the official website.

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