Reasons To Attend EDC: Las Vegas

Reasons To Attend EDC: Las Vegas

The electric sky is waiting.

I attended EDC Las Vegas for the first time in the summer of 2014. And it was an experience I will never forget.

EDC stands for Electric Daisy Carnival. It is an EDM (electric dance music) festival for ages 18 and over that is held for three days from sunset to sunrise. People from all around the world come to visit Vegas for this experience. There are various stages around the motorway where you can see different artists. There are little art carts around that also have smaller artists playing. In different spots of the motorway, there are scattered carnival rides. People are dancing everywhere, just enjoying themselves and having a good time with people around them.

EDC has to be experienced in order to know what it feels like to be there and what exactly happens there. It is not an experience that can be explained through words.

I highly encourage those who haven’t been to EDC to try to go once in their lives. It’s a place like no other. The positive vibes and people who circle in that one environment made me think of how you should be happy about life and want to spread positivity wherever I go.

Twenty-three-year-old Joss Alfonso has attended EDC two times and already with plans to go again next year.

"EDC is a place of no judgment. It's where I can go once a year for three days to escape reality for just a bit, and I am able to just get lost in the music. The PLUR (peace, love, unity, respect) is so alive out there and is in a much bigger spectrum than a small concert. You can just be you at EDC. It's an adventure to be accomplished whether alone or with friends," he says.

Patricia Eustaquio is 20 years old and has attended EDC two times. She had not planned to go back for different reasons, but she realized that it was an event she has to attend again.

"The experience is what everyone tells people should be their reason to go to EDC, and they're right. It's something that has to be experienced in order to be talked about. The music is appreciated by people there, and you get so immersed in it. Living the moment with friends makes the experience that much better."

Cecy Cervantes is 19 years old. She got to experience EDC for the first time this past summer (2015), and it was an experience like no other.

"EDC is a great excuse to visit friends and to be down in Vegas with your friends. It gives you a chance to be creative and create costumes and outfits to your own liking. There are so many great EDM DJs in one place. You get to meet people from all around the world. You're surrounded by over 100,000 people who are just there to enjoy themselves. EDC is just an amazing experience as a whole," says Cecy.

Ruben Ramos is a 21-year-old and has attended EDC twice so far.

"The first four steps before and the last four steps after the festival always make you want to relive every moment. Going to EDC, I have met new friends. My bonds with current friends grew with the mutual enjoyment of the music, and I'm sure that's what happened with everyone else. When you're at EDC, you get to see the decorations and themed stages Insomniac puts together. It's amazing to just look at, making it worth every penny. The memories you make are unforgettable. Whether it's with the person you love or with the people you went with or even the people you meet when going solo."

Whether a person has attended EDC once or is an experienced concert goer, there is always excitement to be reunited under the electric sky.

Cover Image Credit: Melissa Ung

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.

We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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8 Old Katelyn Tarver Songs You Probably Haven't Heard

None of her new songs will ever go as hard as "Chasing Echoes" and that's a fact.


Years ago, I found (through iTunes recommendations) a pretty cool female artist. Later found out she was on "Big Time Rush", and then I found out she had some new songs out. I decided to give her new songs a listen, and they're good. However, I prefer some of her older stuff, which sadly isn't on Spotify. Fortunately, YouTube exists, and I'm here to share the best ones.

1. "Wonderful Crazy"

This is just a fun, upbeat song for when you're having a good day. Would recommend playing in your car with the windows rolled down.

2. "Rain"

I have a very specific memory of a time when this song blessed my life, but for all intents and purposes, it is a beautiful and happy song.

3. "I'll Make It Real"

This is a beautiful song with a wonderful message about staying true to yourself. I used to listen to it on the way to school every day my senior year of high school.

4. "Something In Me"

Featured in the greatest show of all time, "South of Nowhere" season 1 episode 6. A very relatable breakup mood.

5. "Love Alone"

This is definitely the second-hardest-hitting song she's ever released. The fact that this is not on Spotify or even iTunes anymore is just not fair.

6. "Favorite Girl"

This one's cute and upbeat, a definite crush mood. Not on the same level as "Love Alone", but it's still underrated.

7. "Closer to My Heart"

Another cute love song. I'll tie it with "Everything" for cutest love song on her first album. Highly recommend both.

8. "Chasing Echoes"

Facts are facts and the facts are that Katelyn Tarver's new stuff could never go as hard as "Chasing Echoes". I can't even begin to explain how deeply these lyrics cut through me when I was fifteen. Even now, this song can take me all the way back. She is robbing us by not making this available on streaming services (or even to purchase). Katelyn, bring this song back, I am begging you.

Anyway, I'm still enjoying the new stuff and am excited to see what's next.

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