I Didn’t Go To EDC, And This Is What I Learned.
Out of over the 400,000 people who attended The Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) in Las Vegas this past weekend, unfortunately I was not one of them. If you’re anything like myself then you’ll know what I’m talking about when I say I suffer from FOMO, the fear of missing out. Have I seen most of these DJ’s before? Yes. Will I have a chance to see these DJ’s another time? Yes, but that’s not the point. The idea that nearly half a million EDM loving humans are having the time of their life in the same place, while I was laying in bed trying to fall asleep just didn’t sit well with me.
The biggest pro and con of our generation, is that everything winds up on social media. The pro being, I got to see what the elaborate stages looked like, little snippets of the various sets being played, and the point of view of somebody seeing the fireworks from atop the Ferris Wheel. The con being, as the saying goes, “If I didn’t see it, it didn’t happen.” Well now that I’ve seen it from my phone while laying in bed, I can confirm that it most definitely happened and this made my FOMO kick it just a little harder. As much as I told myself that I would avoid all social media content until EDC weekend was over, I just couldn’t help myself.
On Instagram you get to see all the cute couples posting their love for each other under the electric sky and how even a select few decided to tie the knot in a plur style wedding. Maybe not a con, but seeing women who post pictures in their pasties and booty shorts, had me second guessing my decision to not go. While on Snap Chat you get to actually see live footage of the sets, but unfortunately the bass is way too loud for us to actually hear the music being played, so we get to watch the crowds reaction while we hear muffles. Oh and we can’t forget about Twitter, where we hear how every girl has met the guy of their dreams, or how they feel so connected with the universe after Tiesto’s set.
I know hard copy pictures are ancient nowadays, so I can’t blame the social media overload because it’s how memories are made and kept. Besides did you even go to EDC if you didn’t post about it? I think not.
It may sound like I’m hating, but I’m not. It’s probably a little bit of jealousy coming through the keyboard, but know that if I had attended, I would be directly in the shoes of all the people and stereotypes that I just called out. Most of us who attend festivals work hard in our part or full time jobs, attend school, have relationships and have a variety of other responsibilities that come along with life. So when you make the decision to attend a festival months in advance with money you shouldn’t be spending it’s only right to go all out for this three day getaway. Basically an EDM vacation.
The upside of missing out on this once a year spectacle is, that I feel well rested and do not have to recover from three straight all-nighters out in the 100 degree Las Vegas dry heat. I also don’t have to go through the post EDC depression most festival goers go through, because fortunately or unfortunately I didn’t just have the best time of my life. Returning to reality would be hard if you were to leave it for a couple days, but when your routine is not interrupted dealing with the daily responsibilities just don’t suck as much.
These are easily issues I wouldn’t mind having to deal with, but you know what they say, misery loves company and I just had to rant about my wonderful three days of getting the EDC experience through the smeared screen on my iPhone. Maybe you can relate to the feelings and emotions I felt and feel, as the 20th anniversary of EDC passes on my by, but let this be a motivator for next year. Do not procrastinate and be afraid to spend money on the early bird tickets. You only live once so you might as well fill that one life with multiple music festivals, including EDC the modern day electrical Woodstock. If you attend, it’s a must to make it evident on any and all social media that you were there. Some call it showing off, I call it evidence.
Marshmellow Set From EDC 2016
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