After two days of consecutive dancing, the hordes of feet stomping EDC Las Vegas dance floors likely ached, but exhaustion had no effect on energy levels on the festival's third and final day. The neon-clad masses were just as energetic as the night prior - and what may have kept spirits up? Surprises that awaited discovery at every corner as well as peak moments of suspense at both main stage and cosmicMEADOW.
Secret performances cropped up at multiple areas of the festival grounds on the fest's action-packed final day. Around midnight, ravers gathered 'round one of the festival's mobile stages as Bingo Players laid down a classic groove. The impromptu set followed an initial performance earlier on the schedule.
After a long stretch of online hype, moombahton mastermind Dillon Francis pleased crowds during the wee hours of the night. Beloved Brit Hot Since 82 was another unexpected arrival who offered an ideal closing set for house heads in attendance.
Kinetic Field was again, the perfect space for fans to bask in the glory of dance music's chart-toppers. During Sunday night's earlier hours Sander van Doorn transformed the field into a fiesta after dropping some Latin-inspired beats fit for enjoying poolside. Calvin Harris had night owls bouncing later in the night with plenty of original hits, as well as bangers like Deorro and Dirty Audio's wacky 2014 release "Hit It."
All A-listers and animatronics aside, however - Kinetic Field had healthy competition on Sunday thanks to the massive offerings found at cosmicMEADOW. At this stage, bass music lovers were spoiled rotten with trap and dub favorites Flosstradamus, Bassnectar and Alison Wonderland there to shake things up.
First unforgettable moment: Australian up-and-comer Alison Wonderland's emotional closing words after serving up a seamless blend of groovable trap and house. "I started from my bedroom, and now I'm here," Wonderland beamed at the end of her set.
The second? Things turned from PLUR (peace, love, unity, and respect, the raver's mantra) to PLURNT (a combo of "PLUR" and "TURNT" popularized by the duo in question) "real quick" during Flosstradamus' set. A literal "Mosh Pit" ensued after dropping their festival trap hit of the same name - a common occurrence for the Chicago twosome.
Yet another highlight by the grass was an unconventional offering from the near exclusively DJ-reigned festival. Canadian songbird and Jack Ü muse Kiesza performed live at around 11pm, delivering a powerful rendition of her vocal masterpiece "Hideaway."
A euphoric mainstage closeout from powerhouse pair Galantis was a classic happy ending for the legendary fest. After their drop of emotional hit "You" - an anthem carried by the repeated phrase "I remember you..." it was hard not to reflect wistfully on the three days of desert memories that have already come and gone for yet another successful, sold-out year.