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Electric Daisy Carnival 2011

Electric Daisy Carnival 101

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The 2010 Electric Daisy Carnival in L.A.
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What’s this EDC thing all my clubby friends keep talking about?

Electric Daisy Carnival, the biggest dance-music festival in the country. It’s taking place in Las Vegas for the first time ever, June 24-26.

But can’t I see these DJs on the Strip whenever I want?

Some are here a lot, sure. But a lot of the choice names will be setting foot in Southern Nevada for the first time. Plus, seeing Tiësto at the Joint is not the same thing as seeing him in a crowd of 80,000 under the stars.

Okay, you’ve convinced me. Can I still get tickets?

At press time, three-day passes ($215 + fees, or $500 + fees for VIP) were still available. Single-day Fridays and Saturdays are sold out, but Sunday tix ($100 + fees, $200 + fees for VIP) were still up for grabs.

How do I get to Las Vegas Motor Speedway?

Take I-15 north and exit to the right on Speedway Blvd. Or, take Nellis Blvd. north, then a left on Checkered Flag Lane.

The EDC website lists the hours as 8 p.m.-sunrise each night. That’s a typo, right?

Nope, that’s happening. Who wants to dance when it’s 100+ degrees out during the day? Just make sure to get some shut-eye before you get to the Speedway, so you don’t sleep through your favorite act.

Is parking free?

All 40,000 spots worth. Get your vehicle out by 10 a.m. to avoid a towing charge. Or, if you don’t feel like driving at all, hop on the EDC shuttle at Circus Circus, the Golden Nugget, the Hard Rock Hotel, Mandalay Bay, the Mirage, Monte Carlo or the Palms. Three-day passes are $60, single days $30-$40 (more info at shuttlelasvegas.com/edc). Or you could round up five friends and $6,000 and splurge for a round-trip helicopter ride to the Speedway and back (flymaverick.com). Or not.

One of my buddies is 19.

Can he come with me? Yep. EDC is 18+, though VIP areas are restricted to 21-and-over.

Last question, I swear: What can and can’t I bring inside the festival?

Do bring: Your ID, cell phone, earplugs, small backpacks (10x10 max) and sealed cigarettes and gum packs. Don’t bring: Chairs, coolers, umbrellas, pens, pacifiers, eyedrops, stuffed animals, food, drinks … actually, just check the full list here.

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