Maybe it was pure exhaustion, or maybe everyone's serotonin levels were finally returning to normal. But the final night of
On Friday night, dudes pounded tequila shots and hoisted girlfriends new and old on their shoulders. On Sunday night, they crowded by the Las Vegas Motor Speedway's wall, the glint of a valedictory firework display reflecting in their glow-stick-sunglasses.
This might have been due to the relatively wistful sounds of the acts playing. On the
The group is doubly relevant today, having founded the essential label Anjunabeats and its deep-house offshoot Anjunadeep. But their real power is still onstage, with a set full of ebbs and flows that felt both hypnotic and dramatic, with none of the jarring drops or dumb buildups of so many contemporaries. The church-inspired visuals of the Kinetic Field rarely had a more complementary act -- their set had the hope and melancholy of a dance-music devotional.
Immediately after them, the
The recent SHM tour documentary "Leave the World Behind" found a band trying to wring every last drop of triumph from the shuttering of an institution. Axwell /\ Ingrosso's set, however, found them working out different ideas about tension and song craft. Over a half-dozen new tunes, they dipped into
One new tune, which fans have given a working title of "On My Way," felt like it had pop-hit potential with an immediately memorable chorus. But the long, well-spaced drum builds and crowd-teasing pacing felt entirely new for the duo.
EDC fans obviously still miss SHM and greeted cuts of the trio's tracks with pure, heaving energy. But now that Axwell and Ingrosso don't have to be arena-crushing megastars, perhaps they can become more interesting producers and DJs for it.
Other acts tapped a similar sense of loopy, dizzy pleasure.
But heading into the late shift of EDC Sunday night, many fans were ready for one last fix. Holland's
As the night's big fireworks show rattled the sky, a few dozen fans crowded by the back gate to the taxi stand. Some looked very ready to leave; others just wanted a perfect view of the explosions. But whatever you were doing there, you stopped to watch. For a festival meant for fans to look at one another, finally everyone had the same view.