Insomniac. A condition involving being unable to sleep or the choice not to sleep. Appropriately, also the name of the organiser responsible for the largest electronic music festival outside of Europe, the Electric Daisy Carnival. After first appearing in Los Angeles in the 90s, the event has spread to various locations in the USA and abroad with Las Vegas the flagship for 2016. A number of genres to satisfy along with big names and many attendees, sleep may well be a low or non-existent priority.

Party like it's...

With Brazil, Mexico, The United States of America, The United Kingdom and Japan all hosting Electric Daisy Carnival events in the next twelve months, you can catch this party train globally. The Las Vegas event is the flagship out of these and the city of sin proved a popular destination for this festival in 2015 (over 400 000 punters). 17-19 June 2016 sees "The American Ibiza" return to Las Vegas Speedway for many to plug-in for their electronic music fix. Acts such as Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Steve Aoki, Green Velvet, Paul Oakenfold, Avicii, Swedish House Mafia, Infected Mushroom, ATB, Benny Benassi, Fatboy Slim, Empire of The Sun to begin with have all kept crowds awake so far.

A documentary film entitled "Under The Electric Sky" premiered at Sundance in 2014 and the antics continue with carnival rides, premier lighting effects and a massive logistical event in the desert. Hotels in Las Vegas itself feature deals with the festival and a variety of transport options are on offer. Plenty of previews to the three days you may get yourself into are available on the official website along with some great music news, artist information and clips. Think lots of bright lights, thumping beats, dancing, an abundance of sweaty people and an owl as an official logo and you are on the right track. With museums of electronic music recently opening in Berlin and Frankfurt, this is one genre (and event) that is not getting any sleep soon.

Las Vegas

When is it?

17th June 2016 to 19th June 2016

Tips and tricks

  • Pace yourself. This event has recorded extremes of temperature, attendance and partying in the past with crowds losing some members to heat stroke, drug overdoses etc in the past.

  • With The Las Vegas event, there are many travel and accommodation options available - ask Universal Traveller what they are.

  • Shuttles to and from the venue can be booked in advance, provide multiple pick-up/drop-off locations and are an economical way to and from the carnival.

  • Hotels in Las Vegas itself have deals for this event and are worth investigating in advance (also for possible after-parties).

  • Taxis are available and will take you to the festival and there is plenty of onsite parking.

  • Tickets are on-sale now and there are savings to be had by booking in advance.

Other things to do

Keen to recreate a Rat Pack moment? Then don your finest duds and rock up to the Bellagio, home to many a Hollywood moment and the famed ... more
Between the Bellagio and the Mirage lies Caesars Palace, a Roman Empire themed casino and resort. Originally built in 1966 the casino has... more
The name doesn't lie, the Grand Canyon really is grand! Located in Grand Canyon National Park in the state of Arizona, the magnificent ca... more
In true Vegas style, Mandalay Bay Casino & Resort is overtly extravagant soaring 44 storeys into the Nevada Desert sky while radiatin... more