The Festival Experience
8 months ago when I up and decided I was going to EDC Las Vegas, I really had no idea what I was getting into. I encouraged a friend of mine to go with me, pointing out that it was our first road trip and that EDC would be something we would never forget. $700 later and our tickets purchased, the wait was on… and on… and on…
Until he decided he couldn’t go because he was taking summer classes. Yes. I was pissed. But I was still going, the music and the experience were what I was after, sure I would have a better time with my best friend there, but at the end of it, would I be more mad if I didn’t go, definitely. He wavered and deflected, not being able to tell me for sure whether he was going or not. I planned my trip without him just to be on the safe side, except for paying for my flight, everything was set.
My excitement rose to unbearable heights as the group got to know each other a little better over the months. We were cracking jokes, making plans, and pumping ourselves up for the greatest week of our lives. I couldn’t wait.
As EDC came closer, 60 days, then 30, then the lineup announcement the anticipation rose and my stress level peaked. My best friend still hadn’t completely told me he would be able to go. Finally, after asking directly, he told me “its too late to not go now.” It was indeed, the road trip was on.
I won’t describe every moment of the trip because it would fill a book and become a national bestseller in a day. What I will tell you is this:
EDC was hands-down the most amazing experience I have ever had. The three people I shared every moment with that weekend have become family, through music and otherwise. There were more inside jokes created that weekend than I have with people I’ve known for a decade or more. We bonded over music, games, friends, and even stupid silly things. JT, Hannah, and Cody are family. Without a doubt. Listening to those sets under the Electric Sky, moving our feet, dancing around, singing our hearts out… I wouldn’t trade those memories for anything. I met so many wonderful people throughout those 6 days in Las Vegas, everyone was there to have fun and enjoy the experience. We met as strangers and left as family, I wouldn’t have it any other way.