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Electric Daisy Carnival, EDM thrive on escapist atmosphere
Electric Daisy Carnival, EDM thrive on escapist atmosphere

This weekend's Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas will feature some of the biggest acts in dance music, including Calvin Harris, Tiesto and Avicii. But even festival promoters readily acknowledge these superstar DJs are not necessarily the major draw here. The acts on stage often take a back seat to the scene itself, where throngs of revelers dance to music driven by pulsing kick drum beats and synthetic, high-energy arrangements. "It's the experience. No other festival even compares," said Randee Heitzmann, 22, of Dallas, an avid fan of electronic dance music who is making her first pilgrimage to the Electric Daisy Carnival. "I've been to other...

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