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EDM Maniac’s EDC Las Vegas 2024 Survival Guide

Courtesy: Insomniac Events.

Festival week is finally upon us. EDC Las Vegas will return to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this Friday, May 17 to Sunday, May 19, 2024.

With larger-than-life performances from the world’s top DJs, out-of-this-world production, immersive art, activations and so much more, North America’s largest electronic dance festival offers something for everyone, whether you’re a ten-year veteran or a festival rookie.

As you make your final preparations for Insomniac‘s flagship massive, check out EDM Maniac‘s EDC Las Vegas 2024 Survival Guide for insider tips from our ‘maniacs’ and all of the essential information you need to make this weekend the festival of a lifetime.

EDC By The Numbers

520,000 expected attendees.

388 performances from 380 different artists.

9 main stages and 5 art cars

17+ art installations

17 carnival rides

26 bars

More than 213-acre (over 9 million square feet) footprint.

Over 1 million watts of speaker power.

Lineup

EDC Las Vegas’ nine stages include kineticFIELD (main stage), cosmicMEADOW, circuitGROUNDS, neonGARDEN, stereoBLOOM, bassPOD, quantumVALLEY, bionicJUNGLE, and wasteLAND. Find set times for each stage in the Insomniac app.

We broke down the entire EDC Las Vegas lineup by subgenre, so you don’t have to. Check it out here.

Theme: KineticCIRCLE

This year’s EDC theme is all about the full-circle moments. Read what Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella had to say about kineticCIRCLE below:

“Circles hold profound significance in our lives. They symbolize the circle of life, the circle of trust, and the circle of community. Whether it’s the rising sun, the full moon, the rings of a tree, or the way we embrace one another, these circular patterns carry deeper meanings.”

“I can’t wait for us to celebrate one of our most important circles of all, our EDC family.”

 

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What’s New

Back in late February, during Insomniac’s “music through music” lineup reveal, Rotella shared a handful of new changes that festivalgoers can expect to encounter during this year’s EDC.

“There’s been some bottlenecks, the flow hasn’t been as good as it used to be, you’re feeling like it’s overcrowded,” Rotella said, acknowledging suggestions from attendees of last year’s event.

“And I will say that we did accomplish this at EDC Orlando—where people thought it was phenomenal,” he continued. “We made a bunch of tweaks and changes and we are doing the same thing in Vegas.”

Five of EDC’s stages have changed locations this year, including bionicJUNGLE, quantumVALLEY, bassPOD, wasteLAND, and neonGARDEN. 

More than half of EDC’s nine total stages will also feature brand new designs, including neonGARDEN, which will return to a megastructure for the first time since 2021.

“I love open-air stages, but for this sound, for this community, it feeling a little tighter, a little more intimate, feels right,” Rotella said of the house and techno-focused stage. “ It connects different, it hits different, so we’re bringing a roof in on the production.”

Additionally, Downtown EDC has been relocated to the very center of the speedway, where it will host the YeeEDC Saloon, a new experience dedicated to an emerging overlap between EDM and country music. Festivalgoers will also be walking on fresh asphalt.

Venue Information

Address: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 7000 N Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89115

Venue Open: 5PM on Friday, May 17; 7PM on Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19.

EDC is an 18+ event. Find a complete list of venue entry requirements here.

Medical tents are located in each corner of the venue. More specifically, in stage orientation terms: front left at KineticFIELD, behind quantumVALLEY, back right at circuitGROUNDS, and middle right at wasteLAND. 

Two full-sized water stations are located on each side of cosmicMEADOW, as well as between quantumVALLEY and neonGARDEN. Lost and found is located at the House of Dunkin’. 

See map for exact locations.

Box Office/Will Call

Address: Expo at World Market Center, 435 S Grand Central Pkwy Las Vegas, NV 89106

Hours:
Wednesday, May 15: 2PM-12AM
Thursday, May 16: 11AM–12AM
Friday, May 17: 11AM–3AM
Saturday, May 18: 2PM–2AM
Sunday, May 19: 2PM–2AM

Art Cars

In addition to EDC’s nine colossal stages, the festival’s five art cars offer fans a chance to catch more intimate sets from rising stars and veteran DJs alike.

The Rynobus and Boombox art cars will return to EDC this year along with three newcomers: Blacklight Bar, Metaphoenix and the House of Dunkin’.

Anticipated art car performances include Riordan (UK garage set), Hannah Laing, The Crystal Method, ARMNHMR, Culture Shock, DJ Minx, Jon Casey and more. Find full art car lineups below.

Camp EDC

Credit: Ivan Meneses / Insomniac Events.

Hours: 9AM on Thursday, May 16 to 5PM on Monday, May 20. Campgrounds must be fully vacated by 5PM on May 20.

Check-In:
Thursday, May 16: 9AM-2AM
Friday, May 17: 8AM-2AM
Saturday, May 18: 8AM-2AM
Sunday, May 19: 8AM-2AM

Check-in windows are strict. Allow time for unexpected delays and festival traffic. Those arriving late may not be permitted to enter until the following day.

All campers can leave and reenter the main festival via the designated Camp EDC entrance: Gates C/D.

Camp EDC Pre-parties and Afterparties

This year’s camp-exclusive homecoming party will feature Eric Prydz, MK, Ranger Trucco and more on Thursday, May 16.

Parties will be held in the heart of EDC at the Mesa area. Stage hosts for pool parties and afterparties throughout the weekend include Insomniac’s Day Trip, Bassrush, and Insomniac Records, and Miami’s Club SpaceCamp EDC will also have its own “Wide Awake” art car.

Find complete stage lineups for Camp EDC below.

Camp EDC Activities

From arts and crafts, like kandi making and paint-by-numbers, to wellness activities like breathwork, meditation, yoga and music-led workouts, there is no shortage of things to do at Camp EDC. Check out a full activities schedule here.

Camp EDC Improvements

Additional shade structures and misting stations outside of all shower areas will help EDC campers stay cool while waiting for a refreshing shower.

RV power upgrades will accommodate both 30A and 50A RVs, mitigating any outages at both RV and ShiftPod camps. Dedicated service teams will be on hand to speed up response times if any issues arise

Campers in ShiftPods will can also expect continuous tram service from parking lots to Camp EDC check-in and elsewhere around the campgrounds.

EDC Week

From Wednesday, May 15 to Tuesday, May 21, over 90 artists—many but not all of which are on the EDC lineup—will play at over 70 venues around the city for EDC Week.

Whether you’re looking to get the party started early, extend your Las Vegas stay late, or would prefer to trade the festival madness for a comparably intimate nightclub experience, EDC Week has you covered with performances from Calvin Harris, Above & Beyond, Excision, ILLENIUM and more. Find a complete list of EDC Week events here.

Insider Tips From Our Maniacs

“If you and your rave fam are splitting up for sets, make sure you have a meet-up spot for you to find each other with no cell phone service easily. For example—meet up at the 2AM Subtronics set directly under circuitGROUNDS sign.”
– Jules Sperrazzo, Content Creator

“Take time to sit down and step out of the chaos. EDC Las Vegas is a busy festival, and it can be hard to make time to take a breather, but it’s essential. Head to the stands to catch a beautiful view of the festival while you rest at least once during the weekend!”
– Federica Brandi, Writer

Written by
Peter Volpe

Journalism student at The Ohio State University with a passion for culture and fat basslines.

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