1. The #TranceFamily got not one but two doses of live instrumentation on Sunday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, as both Roger Shah and Paul van Dyk incorporated synths into their sets at the Quantum Valley stage hosted by Insomniac’s Dreamstate brand. Shah even put his wireless MIDI keyboard on his shoulder—boombox-style—while playing along to his set for an impressive display of musicianship.
2. Over at the Neon Garden, Texas-born Maceo Plex—whom we’ve been a fan of since his 2013 DJ Kicks CD was on heavy rotation in the car—was throwing down some proper tech-y tracks that would “pound your senses.” He was followed by Tunisia-born “house and techno kung-fu master” Loco Dice closing out the stage with a set we happily could have danced to for a few more hours despite exhaustion setting in.
3. As on night one, locals could easily be spotted by their Vegas Golden Knights gear. But after their series-clinching win against the Winnipeg Jets, even more people seemed to be rocking VGK attire (as this writer was) and strangers were high-fiving and chanting “Cup in one!” while swapping info to meet up after EDC to keep the good vibes going from the dancefloor to the rink.
4. The Wench Art Car seemed to be the spot at EDC to highlight female talent the most in the EDC boy’s club. Three favorites included Whipped Cream luring in passerbys with dark and dirty trap, followed by familiar Vegas face DJ Tatiana and then Trouble closing it out while one dedicated fan attempted to record her whole set on his phone.
5. Snail mail is alive and well in EDC Town. Fans gathered to write and doodle on postcards for friends and family. Insomniac stamps and sends them out after the event to spread the PLUR vibes around the world!