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Yes, it's never too early to think about the next big rave, or when to avoid it.
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In what now sounds like life imitating the movies, but was actually launched a decade ago, the "fastest, most agile and lightweight racing planes" return to the skies next year for a seven-race World Championship.
After a three year absence, the 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Championship will soar above six countries on three continents, including two stops in the States. One of those? If you guessed Las Vegas, you're reading the right blog.
The Red Bull Air Race World Championship (we're going with RBARWC whether that's a thing or not) is a field of 12 pilots racing high-performance airplanes at speeds up to 230 mph just some 50 to 80 feet above the ground while dodging an obstacle course of air gate pylons.
Wait, it gets better.
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Alice never made it to the bottom of the rabbit hole.
Lewis Carroll's 1865 novel introduced children and adults alike to a remarkable fantasy world stumbled upon by the title character after she unquestionably chases a white rabbit down his hole to a curious hallway. This is where Alice's journey into Wonderland begins, but had our protagonist skipped the rabbit hole's first exit and continued falling head over heel, she would have reached the true bottom of this wildly unpredictable and utterly intense alternate universe.
Had Alice kept tumbling, she would have eventually arrived at the Electric Daisy Carnival.
A three-day blitzkrieg on the senses that featured over 200 DJs performing from 7:00 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. June 21-23 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, EDC is neither a concert nor a carnival. Such designations fail miserably at describing the true nature of this event. The reality is that EDC is a living, breathing, glowing organism that bounces and rolls and pumps and slithers across the Las Vegas desert floor from sunset to sunrise, possessing the capability to rewire the human brain into seeing sounds and hearing colors.
Editor's Note: Most of us here at VegasChatter are more around the 'get off our lawn' age of our lives. You won't find us at the club so much anymore, nor tweeting each other about the DJ we can't wait to see. However, that doesn't mean we don't like to get down at all, anymore. Last year, Richard Lane ventured to Electric Daisy Carnival and noted some must-read survival strategies for this year, including the all important, put your hands up. Pretty much constantly. This year, he's passed the torch to our Joe Fortenbaugh, who's normally found on the golf course or ringside at the big fight. Joe shares his thoughts as he prepares to EDC it for the first time.
I'm 32 years old with an ever-expanding waistline and a rapidly thinning swash of auburn hair that continuously threatens its secession from a once-proud union. My afternoon runs are more laborious than ever before, with plodding now a more suitable and accurate descriptor than striding. Once the most important acronym of my existence, the significance of a GPA has since been replaced by the monthly monitoring of my LDL.
I'm getting old.
Matt Kenseth was the first to cross the finish line in NASCAR weekend's main event Sunday, edging out a made-for-Vegas name in Kasey Kahne, and becoming the first Sprint Cup driver to win on his birthday since Vegas born Kyle Busch did in 2009. Busch finished fourth, but made the best move of the race in temporarily taking a lead that had Fox commentators pointing to Busch down low.
bore dazzle you with highlights from the rest of the 267 laps and 400 miles, we bring you five things we observed at this year's Kobalt Tools 400:
The RVs are on their way!
NASCAR Weekend speeds into Vegas starting this Thursday for four days of adrenaline-packed racing and fan events, March 7-10.
The boys and girl of NASCAR will kick off festivities with a free-to-the-public Sprint Cup Series practice session on Thursday, followed by three days of competition: Pole Day on Friday, the Sam’s Town 300 at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 400 at noon on Sunday. Tickets for are available online or by calling (800) 644-4444. As you'll read below, there are also a few chances to win tickets.
Regardless of whether you attend the race (or even care about it), there will be much happening around town, from public appearances by drivers to drink and food specials before, during, and after the races. Here’s a roundup of what’s happening, and be sure to check back as we will continue to update the list as this week progresses:
The NASCAR season kicks off this weekend with the Daytona 500. The Daytona 500 may be the biggest race of the NASCAR season but it's also just the beginning. In a couple weeks NASCAR comes to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. NASCAR weekend is full of stock car action beginning with the NASCAR parade on the Strip on Wednesday, March 6 through the Kobalt Tools 400 on Sunday, March 10.
Ready to party with hundreds of thousands of people you don't know again?
Electric Daisy Carnival is coming back to Las Vegas for a third year and, today, announced just when that would be -- June 21-23.
2013 will see another three-day, after-dark EDM fest at the Las Vegas Speedway, but this time it will be two weeks later than last year to try to avoid, as the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports, the winds that caused the "cancellation of dozens of acts" last year. The trade-off, though, is that it will be a lot hotter than this year's fest, too. Oh, well. We'll have no choice than to wear even less, we guess.
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Electric Daisy Carnival may have just ended, but most attendees already can't wait to return next year. While we likely won't hear dates for EDC 2013 until the end of the year (this year's dates were announced in October of 2011), EDCers just may want to bookmark the page of SpringHill Suites Las Vegas North Speedway now. It's a mouthful, but here's what it means: cheap, new rooms by the EDC event grounds.
The SpringHill Suites hotel is so new, it isn't even open yet. Reports have it making its debut this Friday, June 22, however, we couldn't find availability online until June 29. Clicking around, we found an average rate of around $94 to $104 a night. Sure, rates will hike up once EDC 2013 is set in stone, but if you act fast when they're first announced you could probably lock in a pretty darn good rate. Last year, we were able to find 11 places to stay for EDC all under $98 right after event dates were published so your chances are pretty good for scoring a steal.
"Tiesto or bust."
Well, it was a 50/50 proposition bet and they got bust. Written in day-glo ink on the rear window back of a California-plate car, those electronic dance music fans never got to see DJ Tiesto perform at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The other side of that Tiesto fan's window said "EDC or Bust," a slogan on many of the cars inching their way along I-15. At least that ambition turned up aces until early Sunday morning (or late Saturday night, depending how you look at it) when winds got scary, authorities got nervous and the whole shebang was sloooooowly shut down four hours early.
It was a very public downside to an event filled with enthusiasm, great visuals, great music and a whole lot of oddness and side hassles. If you are mildly curious, we heartily recommend you think about attending next year. For the adventurous who aren't already sold on the line-up of top, top, top dance musicians, it's still an absolute must see.
The mega-music experience will throw the Las Vegas Motor Speedway into a whole new gear this weekend, June 8-10. Most folks have had their tickets for months now, even though official maps and schedules are still not out:
EDC Map will come out Tues evening or sooner & EDC schedule Weds evening or sooner. Setup is going well! Going 2 try & make setup vid 2! :)— Pasquale Rotella (@PasqualeRotella) June 4, 2012
6.4 Update: A map has now been released. View it here.
6.7 Update to the Update: Here's the complete schedule.
With some 300,000 attendees expected to rave through the night, make sure not to throw off your PLUR by unknowingly committing an EDC no-no. Don't even think about bring any of this:
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When renting a Viper or "normal" Ferrari to cruise The Strip just isn't enough, enter Dream Racing. Italian professional race car drivers Enrico Bertaggia and Ado de Micheli have brought a fleet of Ferrari F430 GTs to Las Vegas Motor Speedway. These big red machines aren't even street legal in Vegas and, for the gearheads, sport:
· V8 engine 260 CU IN (4.3L)
· 512HP at 8500RPM
· Top speed more than 200mph
· 0-60mph in under 3.5 seconds
· F1 (automatic clutch) paddle shift