Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, NV is easily one of the biggest EDM festivals in the world. This means tons of people, long lines, and security trained to “catch ‘em all.” After years in the game, the crew behind EDC has seen all of the tricks of the trade. Let’s talk about what that means for 2018.
The EDC website states from the beginning:
“By purchasing a ticket, you agree to submit to a thorough, TSA-style search, including emptying your pockets and bags, having all of your items examined, a full pat-down, and possibly removing your shoes.”
Don’t forget to bring a US government-issued drivers license with photograph and date of birth, or a US or foreign passport. If you’re in a weird predicament with your forms of ID, definitely scope the website to make sure you can make it work. IDs that will not fly: school ID, consulate ID, birth certificate, expired IDs, a temporary DMV license by itself, and photocopies.
They’re pretty strict about accepted forms of IDs because you must be 18+ to enter and all you rave babes look young and fierce, meowwwww. Let’s talk about Vegas for a hot second. Sin City is littered with industry professionals that literally look at IDs for a living. They scan them, take a good long look at your face, and take a good long look at your ID. Contouring and a large set of eyelashes may make you look closer to your 18+ friend’s ID, but don’t think for a moment it would be easy to trick someone that’s been doing this for decades. Is it worth getting a Class C Felony to do EDC if you’re underage and trying to sneak in with a fake ID? The answer is no. After a 15-year-old died at EDC 2010, they started to take additional precautions with the age of festival goers.
DO NOT LEAVE YOUR HOTEL without asking everyone if they have their ID. No one wants to be the guy who asks the car to turn around.
WHAT GETS CHECKED?
There is absolutely no re-entry, so bring everything you need in the first try. I won’t bore you with a copy/paste list of things you can and can’t bring. It’s on their website. But we will shamelessly plug that you CAN bring in your car keys.
Security digs. They use their little gremlin hands to open every zipper you have, pull out bras, fumble under your hats, peruse around your belt, rub down your socks, and generally molest you for the most part. Some people report the occasional BRO that waves you through with a light rub down, but a lot of people get their stuff strewn about a table and looked over. I once watched a very intense interrogation about a poor girls inhaler. She was so embarrassed she was about to crawl under the table. These people are just doing their jobs and the least hassle you give them could weigh in your favor.
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From team experiences and extensive interwebs research, we’ve compiled advice from EDC pros:
Patdows are A LOT less invasive for VIP than GA.
The slower moving lines are the ones you want to avoid because those people are most likely inspecting a lot closer than their co-workers.
Security can be super chill on the first two days and hard on the third hoping people let their guard down and don’t hide their stuff very well.
There are security pre-screens before you can get on a shuttle bus.
Yes, there are sometimes dogs - they’re mostly for intimidation, but they’re definitely trained to sniff out specific scents and they’re not afraid to use them.
The more prepared you are when you walk up to security, the better - have every pocket on your backpack unzipped and ready to be looked through. Some people put all their belongings in a large ziplock bag that they hand over.
They’ve been known to rifle through wallets and shoes occasionally. If security is feeling really nosey, they'll scope those ponytails and dreads.
Lifting bras and shaking them has been used as a technique to see what goodies fall out.
It could take a couple of hours to get to the venue and make it through security. Stay positive and use the time to meet new friends who are just as excited about being there!
“Sensitive areas” (read: weenie, boobs, butt, etc.) are patted down with the back of their hand.
Just about every year and every line has whispered questions on whether they’re checking shoes. It’s been done before, so might as well plan on it.
How will security be going into the camping festival section?
No amount of experts can tell for sure exactly how camping at EDC will pan out with security since this is their first rodeo. Their master plan is to have cars parked in a lot that you may go back to access, but you and your things will be rigorously searched upon entry to camp. Based on other camping festivals, we can assume there will be a brief car search and dogs to aid in the process to search for weapons and bombs. Glass isn’t permitted, so bring cans.
If you need some thoughts and prayers on what to pack, we have a handy guide. There are some super helpful camping hacks on there.
How is security inside Camp EDC?
The EDC website states that people drinking in the camping area will be randomly and regularly IDed, so bring that piece of plastic wherever you go so hoes with badges can be promptly dismissed.
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