The Electric Daisy Carnival might be "all about the experience,” but what does that mean for fans' wallets? With 90 percent of last year’s attendees hailing from out of state, most revelers have to fit a lot more than the price of admission in their budgets.
Here’s a look at how much some people spent:
Tickets: $289 to $1,000-plus
Three-day general admission tickets were $289, with VIP tickets selling for $500, before service fees. When tickets sold out in April, some fans turned to second-party vending sources such as Stubhub and Craigslist, where general admission tickets went for nearly $500 and VIP tickets for more than $1,000.
Getting to Las Vegas: $100 to $1,000-plus
With tickets sold in all 50 states and 46 countries, getting to Las Vegas alone can be a hefty investment for fans. Attendees from Southern California kept travels costs down by snatching up early-bird flights (L.A. cost around $120) or driving and dividing the cost of gas among passengers.
Raul Pallares of San Diego estimates that he’ll have spent $200 on gas round trip, which he split with a friend. “For some of my friends, it’s just getting too expensive to come,” he says.
The international crowd doesn’t have it as easy, with flights clocking in at more than $1,000.
Getting to Las Vegas Motor Speedway: $20 to $5,000
Shuttle passes, which were $80 and sold out days before the festival, were among the most common means of transport to and from Las Vegas Motor Speedway. For those who drove, a tank of gas for the weekend was about $45. Cab rides averaged about $65 one way — and about $390 for the weekend.
Some fans got creative, eschewing an average $45-per-day rental car by renting a U-Haul van for $20 per day.
For those looking to travel in decadent style, Maverick Helicopters once again offered helicopter shuttles to and from LVMS. At 12 minutes each way, the commute certainly beats bumper-to-bumper traffic on the 15, but it cost you: Individual seats were $500 one way or $800 round trip; private charter helicopters were $3,000 one way or $5,000 round trip.
Outfits: $100 to $300
Revelers at EDC may not wear very many clothes, but what they do often comes adorned with fur, sequins, neon dyes, LED lights and other rave-tastic accoutrements.
Fans favor specialty apparel retailers like Hot Topic and RaveReady.com, where an outfit including a skirt, a bikini top, a furry hood and light-up furry boots (called “fluffies”) can run you upwards of $300.
DIY outfits also were a popular, less pricey choice. Christy Ayers of Kansas City, Mo., pieced together her gauzy tutu, floral crop top and fluffies from materials she found at Jo-Ann Fabric.
Though it still cost her nearly $200, she says, “I wanted to be unique. I love knowing that no one else here looks like me.”
Food and drink: $30 to $300
EDC goes on well after dinnertime, but all that dancing can sure make you hungry. A burger and fries from the Speedway food court is about $11, with cocktails starting at $10.
Depending on whether they took the fast food or the fine dining route — and how much they wanted to drink — fans reported total food costs for the weekend averaging $100 to $200 per person.
Those looking for a more gourmet experience could indulge in the new VIP dining option (for VIP ticket holders only) with three-course meals prepared by “Top Chef: Seattle” contestant Nyesha Arrington. The dining experience cost $100, plus, tax and service charge.
Lodging: $105 per night
Las Vegas hotel room prices run the gamut, but based on the LVCVA’s 2012 average room price estimate, a three-night stay was $315, not including resort fees and other costs.
Extras: $30 to $20,000
There are, of course, plenty of miscellaneous costs incurred along the road to EDC. A three-day locker rental pass was $90. Merchandise, including T-shirts, glowsticks and metal water bottles, hovered around $30 to $50.
Those looking for a super-swanky experience could take advantage of Marquee’s VIP tables at the festival, which included a golf cart transfer from the Speedway entrance to your table, a gift bag and a complete bottle service menu. Reservations began at $3,000 per day (includes four tickets) all the way up to the Premier Package at $10,000 to $20,000 per day.
If you had money left over, you could charter a private jet service for $10,000. The package included a round-trip flight from L.A. to Las Vegas, champagne and limo service from the airport to the hotel. You still had to find your own way to EDC, though.