EDC Expecting Fucking Ridiculous 345,000 Attendees This Year

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It’s that time of year again–break out your glow sticks and gear up for this year’s annual Tutu Convention Electric Daisy Carnival, which will be held for the third year in a row at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this coming weekend, June 21-23.

The festival has grown immensely since moving from Los Angeles to Vegas in 2011, after the disastrous 2010 Los Angeles event which involved the death of a 15-year-old girl as well as general, widespread, drug-induced chaos around the Los Angeles area (a.k.a. 114 arrests).

It’s clearly a fucking awesome time, but anyone attending this year should be prepared for disgusting, sweaty, uncomfortably squishy crowds, as the festival sold out all 345,000 of its tickets for the weekend, putting the final count at 115,000 attendees per night. 

To put that in perspective, Coachella attendance over the past couple of years has hovered around 90,000 each weekend. It’s a pretty mind-boggling number and an impressive feat for EDC, which has become one of the largest festivals in the world.
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After the concerns rose in LA about the safety of the festival, moving it to Vegas was clearly the only reasonable and responsible option, and since then it’s remained a favorite among hardcore EDM fans and Vegas-goers alike, while expanding to numerous markets including New York, Chicago, and London.

My 20-something year-old self doesn’t give two shits about EDC, but my 19-year-old self is insanely jealous of everyone who’ll be there.  If I were to go now I’d probably just end up getting really wasted, becoming trapped in a crowd during Major Lazer, and eventually peeing in a water bottle.  Or on the ground, it really depends on the moment.

This year’s lineup includes array of acts from probably-one-hit-wonder Baauer, Scottish bro Calvin Harris (whose 2012 set was cancelled due to high winds) and permanent Vegas installment Tiesto, who signed a 20-month long, 60-plus-gig deal with MGM earlier this year.  Other acts include a whole slew of migraine-inducing artists I’ve never heard of.

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