Electric Daisy Carnival

Tips from our EDC team for making the most of this weekend’s festival

The second night of the 2012 Electric Daisy Carnival featuring Headhunterz, Bassnectar, Calvin Harris and Martin Solveig at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 9, 2012.
Photo: Tom Donoghue/DonoghuePhotography.com

• 1. Download a car-finder app before you hit the Speedway so you’ll be able to track down your ride quickly under the strobe lights.

• 2. Leave your ninja stick at home. Security won’t care that the giant metal weapon is “just for dancing.”

• 3. Don’t show up trashed. Sure, it’s tempting to get so wrecked before you arrive that your buzz will last till dawn, but stumbling through the turnstiles is a good way to guarantee you’re denied entrance altogether.

• 4. Before you hit the road, check the Twitter feed of @HelicopterKen for live updates on EDC traffic.

• 5. While you’re at it, consider the 215. Last year, taking the long way around was far faster than joining the stop-and-go mess on more direct routes.

• 6. Wear something ridiculous. It’s your last chance before October to dress like a glow-in-the-dark zoo animal without getting dirty looks.

• 7. Wear appropriate footwear. But I’m going to party all night and I need to look cute! You know what isn’t cute? Walking barefoot on blacktop.

• 8. Ride the rides. Experience the art. Play with the performers. You could just stare at a DJ all night, but that would be missing the point.

• 9. If you’re meeting up with friends, decide on a time and place before you get in the car to drive to the Speedway. To say cell service there is “bad” sugarcoats the truth. It’s awful.

• 10. Take a nap before you go. Seriously. Naps are awesome.

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