Dancing Astronaut presents: the Best of EDC Week Las Vegas

Dancing Astronaut presents: the Best of EDC Week Las Vegas

Festivals aren’t for everyone – some prefer the close, air-conditioned confinement of a nightclub, or the special treatment that comes with booking your own cabana at a pool party. In Vegas, it seems you don’t actually have to attend EDC to get the EDC experience. For all you VIPs out there, here are some highlights from EDC week that didn’t involve raving in the desert.

When Above & Beyond began dropping classics at WET Republic

Thursday, June 18, Above & Beyond took over WET Republic at the MGM Grand for a day-time set. While the set included a fair share of commercial fan favorites, the UK outfit pleased many a trance fan by dropping classics like Delirium’s “Silence” and Motorcycle’s “As the Rush Comes.” Even the most high-rolling patrons ventured out from their $5,000 cabanas to belt out the lyrics to anthems from the late ’90s and early 2000’s.

When Duke Dumont's show gave Cirque du Soleil a run for its money

It was hard not to smile at the Mandalay Bay’s Daylight pool during Duke Dumont’s set the night of Thursday, June 18. Dressed in a shirt sporting kiwis and mangos, the UK producer looked appropriately tropical as he waved a glow wand and brought the funk. And who can forget the enormous transparent beachballs afloat in the pool with dancers gyrating inside? Cirque du Soleil who?

When Erick Morillo took us way, way back

House fans found a a rare haven in Vegas at the SLS Hotel’s opulent Foxtail Pool Club on Friday, June 19. But then again, you can hardly expect less from when the man behind the decks is Erick Morillo. The Columbian-American house legend took us back with classics like Ricky L and MCK’s “Born Again” (Babilonia), and Ilo’s “Rapture.” When the chorus from the latter came in, Morillo spread his arms and mouthed the words with his eyes closed, mirroring more than one fan in the audience.

When Carl Cox offered a haven for techno fans

Vegas may still be stuck in its commercial ways, but we’d like to thank Carl Cox for delivering what was possibly the only techno set all week long. Following great opening sets by Saeed Younan and Jon Rudell, the Intec legend delivered one booming weapon after another on Thursday, June 18 at the Mandalay Bay’s visually stunning Light nightclub. From the dance floor, fans held up cut-out word bubbles with phrases like ‘Oh yes…’ and ‘Tech no? Tech yes!’ as Cox held a microphone up to the crowd in salute.

When Disclosure dropped some Biggie Smalls at Daylight

Of course they played hits like “Latch” and “White Noise,” and of course the pool erupted into a frenzy of splash fights. But those fans who stuck it out until the very end of party on Saturday, June 20, were treated by unexpected gems like “Juicy” by the Notorious B.I.G. – or was it “Big Poppa”? It doesn’t really matter which it was, because as soon everyone heard the sound of Biggie’s voice and that East Coast hip hop rhythm, smiles broke out across the crowd and fist-pumping was replaced by head-bopping.

When New World Punx gave old school a facelift

Fans who found the strength to keep going on Sunday, June 21, would’ve done well to make it to Tao Beach at the Venetian, where Markus Schulz and Ferry Corsten played a special set together as New World Punx. During a set that started out borderline techno, the duo steadily built up to their signature big room sound, putting new-school spins on old school classics like Andain’s “Beautiful Things.”

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