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EDC comes to Vegas with No Complications

written by Tina Brice

Las Vegas, Nevada, also known as Sin City, is no stranger to the dangerous life. On any given night on the Strip, there will be people high on something. For some, it’s simply the high of life, the thrill of vacation. For others, it’s the rush of illicit drugs such as cocaine, Ecstasy or fentanyl. When large events happen, like the recent Electric Daisy Carnival Festival, drug use rises. 

Raves have been around since the 80s and their popularity has only grown. Known for their electronic dance music, bright neon lights and intense visuals, raves have attracted a crowd interested in mind altering substances. 

Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) took place in Las Vegas, NV over the course of three days. From Friday, May 17 2024, to Sunday May 19 2024, fans attended the overnight rave fest. EDC is in the top five biggest raves in the world and is the largest in North America. This year, an estimated 525,000 fans attended the event at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway with an average of 170,000 per night. More than 230 artists performed over the three-day event. Drone shows spelled out “EDC Las Vegas” and “Welcome Home Headliners” in neon pink and purple each night.

EDC moved to Las Vegas in 2011, and there have been some growing pains along the way. This year, event organizers decided to rearrange the stages to allow better access to the multiple stages and to help relieve some of the congestion for fans. There has also been an increase in police, medical and fire personnel on the grounds to help with any emergency. According to the Las Vegas Metro Police Department X account, only 28 felony arrests were made over the weekend and there were no major incidents or deaths. Although the numbers are up from last year, they are down from previous years meaning the organizers are doing something right.

There is a sense of community at large scale events like EDC. Everyone is there for a good time, and people are willing to help each other out.

“We saved lives, and that’s something that I will always carry with me until the day I die,” attendee Caitlin Guthrie said in an interview with KSNV. The self-proclaimed “rave mom” carried some basic necessities along with naloxone, a drug used to help treat opioid overdose. She did have to use it on multiple occasions, she said in the interview.

One campaign, End Overdose, worked to train thousands of festival goers on how to spot and treat opioid overdose and how to properly administer naloxone. The festival organizers know that drug use at their shows is extremely common and they are taking steps to make the environment safer for everyone.

The community-oriented nature of festivals and shows makes it nearly impossible not to look out for each other. The golden rule of concert going is if someone falls, pick them up. And that is what happened at EDC 2024.