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The Sunday night of Electric Daisy Carnival Vegas 2012 sported the largest early crowds, the most fireworks, and the carnival rides + art installations on full-tilt. We saw a swelling audience groove to Pretty Lights (above) main stage performance later in the evening, but even as the sun was just setting throngs of people cheered for Tritonal (below) on the ‘Circuit Grounds’ stage.
Perhaps as a result of the Saturday early shutdown, people showed up much earlier than usual. One pair (below) costumed themselves in direct response to the wind storm that caused the early Saturday festival shutdown. And of course, throughout the Speedway, go-go dancers and costumed-ravers added to the festival aesthetic. As Insomniac pointed out, the people really were the headliners.
The installation art had a lot to do with the aesthetic too. Everything from the rides to the flame sculptures make the experience very immersive. Pictured below is the ‘Serpent Mother’ installation, which was our favourite.
The highlight of the evening, and indeed the entire festival, was Major Lazer’s Sunday performance on the Neon Garden stage. Their show is engaging, manic, and just so much fun. At a festival where other artists performed, these guys threw a party, and everyone was invited. The music selection was eclectic, accessible, and invited all kinds of reactions.
Jillionaire and Diplo’s antics throughout the set made the night really memorable. They started in suits and were shirtless mid-way through, as they implored the audience to take theirs off; Jillionaire had a confetti cannon which he shot off countless times; and the coupe de grace – Diplo rolled across the crowd in an inflatable ball!
And the antics weren’t limited to the stage either… a huge dance circle started with dozens of people daggering.
After Major Lazer’s set, we made a quick trip to the main stage to catch some of the headlining action, starring Avicii and David Guetta. Suffice it to say, the crowds were enormous!