inthemix heads to Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas

While winter hits Australia, inthemix has taken the long haul to the Northern Hemisphere for the enormous Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas. The biggest dance festival in North America, EDC moved from L.A. to Vegas in 2011, and now calls Sin City home. Over 300,000 people are expected across three nights this weekend, with a line-up that ticks off the biggest names in the business (Tiesto, David Guetta, Armin van Buuren, Kaskade, et al) along with stages from Above & Beyond’s Group Therapy, Carl Cox and Friends, Richie Hawtin’s Enter and A State Of Trance to name just a few. This being America, there’s a whole stage called the Basspod dedicated to dubstep and its offshoots, while hard dance empire Q-dance is getting involved with its own arena. Like Vegas itself, it promises to be excessive in every way, with an emphasis on the whole ‘experience’.

In the lead-up to EDC, industry players and artists alike have gathered at the Cosmopolitan (home to Marquee, the most lucrative club in Vegas) for EDMBiz, a conference to look deeper into the current ‘EDM’ boom in the U.S. We’ve just come from an artist panel featuring Richie Hawtin, Above & Beyond, Kaskade, Steve Angello and Rebecca & Fiona trading opinions on the opportunities and dangers of the U.S. dance music gold-rush. It was a fascinating panel, and we’ll bring you the transcript very soon.

As if a 300,000-person festival wasn’t a gargantuan enough undertaking, the festival promoter Insomniac is also coordinating ‘EDC Week’, which brings some of the line-up’s leading stars to Vegas clubs. Alongside Sin City regulars like Avicii, Dash Berlin and Erick Morillo, one club Drai’s After Hours will host four headliners who don’t spend much time here: Sasha, Richie Hawtin, Carl Cox and Loco Dice. We’ll also be checking out how that goes down. Stay tuned for updates and stories across the weekend.