Two and half weeks ago I attended my first major music festival called the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas. In few words, it’s a magical electronic dance music festival held annually at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. To start off, I’m just going to say it was unreal… seriously. I felt like I was dreaming. It was some of the most fun I’ve had, and while I wish I could go into detail and tell you about every second of my trip, I just can’t. It would be too long haha. This is more of a general overview of my experience and of course, what I wore each night. :)
I was only in Vegas Friday morning to Monday night and honestly, it wasn’t enough time. The weekend went by so fast, it would have been perfect to have had an extra day in the beginning and afterwards. At least that way I could’ve squeezed in some sleep… I only slept four hours the entire weekend, and that was by accident! There’s is honestly just so much going on and I was having such a blast, it was hard to sit down and take a breather. I did manage to squeeze in some rest on the bus rides to and from the festival since it’s about an hour and half shuttle ride from the Vegas strip. It doesn’t sound too appealing but it was easy to get used to. Plus everyone is hyped up on the way there and it gives you time to nap on the way back, haha.
During the day on Friday and Saturday I had the chance to check out some awesome pool parties. Friday was Markus Shulz at Tao and Saturday was Kaskade and Destructo at the Marquee. It was my first time attending a pool party and pretty much my first partying it up in Vegas. Both days the groups I were with got cabanas, which was pretty sick, but holy shit they weren’t cheap! Sunday was more of a chill day that I spent relaxing by the pool with some friends, I guess the whole “no sleep” thing was catching up to me.
Saturday was my favourite day because I got to spend it with Shipfam, an amazing community of people who sail annually on a rave cruise in Miami called Holy Ship, but that’s a whole other post for another time! It was my first time meeting members of the Shipfam, since my first sailing will be in 2015, and I have to say, I’ve never met such a welcoming friendly bunch of partiers (luv you Shipfam haha).
My final day Monday I was just…… just in pain, haha. I tried to do a bit of shopping but my mind and body were just so tired I just wanted to sleep. I just sat around waiting for my flight that night because I was afraid if I slept I wouldn’t wake up again for days! It was so nice to crawl into my bed that night, I was out for a day haha.
The festival itself was absolutely breath taking. So many amazing artists in one place as well as over 400,000 festival-goers uniting under the electric sky and sharing their love of music. There were 8 stages, so sometimes artists you wanted to see had conflicting set times. It’s definitely a good idea to plan your night out for who you reeeally want to see. I didn’t really do that, in fact, I felt like most of the time I was trying to find and meet up with friends. I feel like I did a lot of wandering around and didn’t pay attention to the sets as much as I should have, which sounds silly to say but it’s true. One of the things I definitely learned was to not try and find friends so much, but rather listen to the music, it’s what you’re there for. Once you lose a friend in there, it’s pretty much impossible to meet up with them, especially because there’s pretty much no cellphone service. It would’ve actually been good to have gone with one or two friends to just stick with the entire time. I pretty much went by myself on this trip since I knew so many people going and just kind of booked it on my own. I floated around between groups, tried to make sure I saw everyone which comes back to the issue of always trying to find friends.
I did however have two goal sets that were musts on my list, which were Knife Party (who I had been waiting 3 years to see since they don’t seem to come to Vancouver) and Bassnectar. I have to say, both sets were everything I expected and more. Absolutely phenomenal. I did see quite a few other awesome sets and pretty much stayed at the main stage on the third day they entire time. When Dash Berlin played the final set at EDC and brought in the dawn, it was so magical. And also kind of sad cause it was the end of the festival haha.
Aaaand of course my outfits.. EDC was my first time actually making rave outfits. It was honestly so much fun but veeeery time consuming haha. Because I didn’t get any super awesome photos of my outfits while I was actually in Vegas, I had to do a mini photoshoot of them when I returned home. There are a few slight differences, mostly in terms of make up (there were a few days I had jewels on my face and such). I also was reppin’ Holy Ship and Shipfam with my Canadian flag that has “Shipfam” written on it in glow in the dark fabric paint. I also wore A LOT of kandi which I had the pleasure of trading and giving out at the festival, honestly one of my favourite things to do, you honestly really connect with people. I pulled an all-nighter the night before my flight to vegas to make as much kandi as I could because I ran out of time preparing for EDC haha.
Day 1 Outfit:
The first night, Friday, was my all white outfit which included a pink and white floral crown that I hand made. I wanted the outfit to feel angelic and blingy, hence the white and bejewels. This white rave bra is actually the first rave bra I’ve ever made. Not too shabby eh? I blinged the crap out of it haha. I also made a fanny pack to match. I bought everything else which included the spandex shorts, garter belt, frilly booty shorts, and stockings. The white (well.. used to be white) platforms are pretty much the shoes I wear to every show, can you tell? Haha. This outfit actually turned out to be my favourite outfit of the weekend.
Day 2 Outfit:
Saturdays outfit theme was all black and kind of S and M inspired. I got the inspiration from the Chromat ___ mask and attempted to recreate my own version of it. I was really pleased with how it turned out. The outfit actually started with the mask and I decided I wanted to continue with a very strappy look. I also sewed this outfit myself, what a pain it was. This was definitely the most challenging and time consuming outfit I made. The platforms and fanny pack were bought. I kept being called Cat Woman that night, didn’t really expect that haha.
Day 3 Outfit:
On the final day I decided to rep my country. The outfit actually didn’t turn out quite as I had hoped but nonetheless, I still think it turned out pretty good. This was of course the second rave bra I’ve ever made, kinda effed up on the maple leaf hahaha. It was my first time rocking a tutu as part of my outfit, which I swore never to do but I really liked this one, it’s not as fluffy as they normal are anyway. When I wore this outfit at EDC I was also covered in red maple leaf temporary tattoos. The outfit also included the patriotic headband, red swim bottoms, and a drawstring bag. There are those “white” rave platforms again too. :P
All in all, it was one of the most epic experiences of my life to date. With being my first major music festival, it was a learning experience and I definitely learned what to do and what not to do in the future. I met so many amazing people, especially the Shipfam, and created unforgettable memories. I can’t wait to go back and dance under the electric sky once again.
Here are some other photos from my magical weekend, enjoy!