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EDC Las Vegas 2016: Celebrating 20 Years Of The Daisy

As Nocturnal Wonderland’s 20th anniversary comes to a close, it’s time to start planning an even bigger celebration – 20 years of the Electric Daisy Carnival. Since its beginning, the Electric Sky has dawned in over 18 cities, 74 times throughout the world. What was once a one-room, one-stage show at the Shrine in L.A. has grown into a movement that not even the visionary Pasquale Rotella could have planned. It has grown into a city of lights whose existence only lasts for 3 days and 3 nights, dusk ‘til dawn, where people from all over the nation, better yet, all over the world come together.

EDC Las Vegas 2016 Announcement Trailer

Hundreds of thousands of Headliners have congregated Under the Electric Sky, feeling the true magic of the festival over the years. As many of their competitors continue to ban staples of the EDM culture, such as totems, kandi, furry boots, light gloves, and more, Pasquale Rotella and his Insomniac team are the only ones to full on embrace these elements of the EDM community and allow for the free-spirited self expression at their events, staying true to their mantra of being all about the experience.

Over the years, the artists may be different, the costumes may have changed, but PLUR is still alive and the energy is greater than ever. Pasquale Rotella’s dream has grown to be so much bigger than he ever could have imagined; it gives me goosebumps just thinking about it! What we now regard as one of the biggest, best music festivals in the western hemisphere has been 20 whole years in the making.  Insomniac has made their very first announcement for the 20th anniversary EDC Las Vegas celebration. The dates for the 2016 festival will be June 17th – 19th and passes for the event will be going on sale Monday, September 21st at noon PT – so mark your calendars!

EDC Las Vegas 2016 – Celebrating 20 Years Under The Electric Sky

EDCLV 2016

In addition to the announcement video containing footage of EDC Vegas 2015, Insomniac has also done something else very special. Posted on the Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) Facebook, they have added a new album featuring all the previous Electric Daisy Carnival flyers in its many different homes, offering a look through the history of EDC.

1997: The first ever EDC took place at the Shrine Auditorium in its original home of Los Angeles

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Daft Punk debuts “Homework”, South Park premiers, Prius hits the streets, and Insomniac Events hosts the first Electric Daisy Carnival in Los Angeles.

1999: Can you believe EDC ever took place at a waterpark?

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Y2K intimidates technology, The Matrix is uncovered, release of Pro Tools LE, and Electric Daisy Carnival heads to Lake Dolores Waterpark in Newberry Springs, California.

2001: EDC travels to yet another location and for this year, expands to 6 stages: the Merry Go Rounds, the Fun House, Clown Alley, the Confusin’ & Amuzin’ Mirror Maze, Bassrush Arena, and Cosmic Healing Temple

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iPod puts 1,000 songs in your pocket, Sirius XM launches BPM, Ableton Live hits the commercial market, and Electric Daisy Carnival travels to SoCal’s Hansen Dam, expanding to six stages: the Merry Go Round, the Fun House, Clown Alley, the Confusin’ & Amuzin’ Mirror Maze, Bassrush Arena and Cosmic Healing Temple. This year also saw the first out-of-state EDC, held in Austin, Texas.

2003: The first year EDC came to the infamous NOS Events Center – where this year’s Beyond Wonderland took place

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Chappelle’s Show debuts, Benny Benassi’s “Satisfaction” is released, MySpace is founded, and the first year of Electric Daisy Carnival at SoCal’s NOS Events Center—the only EDC for the year.

2005: The year Insomniac introduced the stage names EDC uses today: kineticFIELD, circuitGROUNDS, neonGARDEN, cosmicMEADOWN, and bassPOD

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YouTube hits the web, the Best Dance/Electronica Album category is added at the Grammy Awards, Disneyland Resort’s 50th anniversary, and held again at the NOS Events Center, Electric Daisy Carnival introduced the stage names used today: #kineticFIELD, #circuitGROUNDS, #neonGARDEN, #cosmicMEADOW and #bassPOD.

2006: EDC celebrates 10 years of dance with its last year at NOS Events Center

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Nintendo Wii innovates motion controls, Twitter is founded, Calvin Harris is discovered on MySpace, and Electric Daisy Carnival celebrates 10 years of dance with its final event at the NOS Events Center.

2007: EDC moves to its new home at the Los Angeles Coliseum

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The iPhone is introduced, Daft Punk’s Alive 2007 tour, Google Street View is launched, and Electric Daisy Carnival holds its first event at the L.A. Coliseum in Los Angeles’ Exposition Park.

2010: EDC has its last year at the Los Angeles Coliseum before it moves to its new and current home

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iPad is introduced, Pinterest launches, Instagram launches, Conan O’Brien’s last Tonight Show, and Electric Daisy Carnival’s final year in Los Angeles, as it outgrows the L.A. Coliseum. EDC also returns to Colorado, Puerto Rico, and Texas.

2011: The Electric Daisy Carnival is held from dusk until dawn for the very first time and expands to 3-days in its new home of Las Vegas

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2012: EDC Las Vegas brings Q-Dance to North America for the very first time

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“Gangnam Style” & “Harlem Shake” go viral, Red Bull stratos base jump, and Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas brings Q-Dance to North America for the first time. The first edition of EDC New York is introduced this year as well.

What I like to call the REAL happiest place on earth has been growing and evolving for the past 20 years. Anyone and everyone who has experienced the pure joy and excitement Under the Electric Sky should join us in celebrating 20 years of EDC.

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