Why Electric Daisy Carnival is Great

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Credit: Josh "Curious Josh" Reiss

Electric Daisy Carnival is crazy, guys! We're all out here scorching in the heat of the desert by day and trekking out to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway (16 miles north of the Strip) at night to experience the full-on sensory overload that is EDC. The event has come a long way since its days as an underground dance party in the dank warehouses of downtown L.A. Now in its 17th year, the festival is huge, loud, crowded and completely mind-blowing.

Here are four reasons why:

Credit: Josh "Curious Josh" Reiss

1. The stage productions are massive
We're not talking about some truss and a few spotlights here. This year's stages are a full-on Wonka fantasyland, with the hardstyle heavy bassCON stage decked out in post-apocalyptic steampunk grandeur and the main Kinetic Field stage featuring a 100-foot tall owl with animated wings surrounded by giant mushrooms and daisies. The effect is larger than life, especially when combined with the hyper-agressive music being blasted at the crowd from each stage setup.

Credit: Josh "Curious Josh" Reiss

2. Art on the move
A massive skeleton snake powered by bicycles winding its way through the crowd, followed by a trio of giant butterflies and a super-sized white owl? Not an unusual sight at EDC, as art exists both onstage and in these mobile displays of trippy whimsy.

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