Wendy Rush

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It happens every year in Las Vegas. The Electric Daisy Carnival. Otherwise known as EDC.

It’s the largest electronic dance music festival in North America, according to Wikipedia. Every May hundreds of thousands of people flock to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway to get in on the EDC action. And they fill the entire speedway with what truly is a full-blown music carnival.

The event includes 22 carnival rides and ferris wheels, and eight stages of music with more than 200 DJs and performers. More than 5000 people are typically on staff and over 300,000 people in attendance. EDC is the signature event of Insomniac Events. The first one occurred in Los Angeles in 1997.

More than 100,00 people attend EDC on each of its three nights. Tickets sold are for the entire weekend as opposed to individual days. Though often participants will find people reselling their tickets after the second night for a heavy discount.

This year in Las Vegas three-day tickets were $389 or more for general admission, depending on the ticket seller. GA+ tickets went for $599. And the VIP tickets for the weekend set individuals back $1000 each. And that’s just for admission. Then you have to factor in parking, or shuttle fare. And out of towners who didn’t have a hotel room had to pay for camping.

There’s definitely some budgeting that needs to happen for anyone planning to attend the festival. But what people don’t plan for is replacing their expensive belongings when they are inevitably lost. Drug use and alcohol intoxication is very normal at EDC. Three days straight of that, plus dehydration and concert exhaustion, and it’s not hard to lose track of where you put things. Every year the EDC administration encourages people to pre-register their belongings so they can claim them after the festival if lost.

Unfortunately, not everyone heeds that warning. Here’s the pile of stuff in the EDC Lost & Found that people left behind this year(from 8newsnow.com). Any guesses as to which people lost the most of? You might be surprised. – Wendy Rush

  • Sunglasses

    Two smiling young women at a music festival

    Antonio Suarez Vega via Getty Images

    There would probably be a lot more sunglasses left behind if so much of EDC wasn’t at night. There were only 11 left behind this year. And I’m going to guess people didn’t bother to come back for theirs.

  • Backpacks

    Indian made school bag on background

    Muralinath via Getty Images

    I know what you’re thinking. And yes, they apparently did let backpacks in at EDC this year. But not all of them made it out. 25, to be exact.

  • Keys

    Young sad woman lost her house keys. Girl sits in front of the door

    Avesun via Getty Images

    41 people might have a hard time getting back into their car or house after EDC this year. That’s how many sets of keys were left behind.

  • Wallets

    Man had lost leather wallet with money on the floor.

    I don’t know about you, but I would freak the freak out if I lost my wallet. Maybe as much as if I had lost my phone. 122 people were probably going through that this week. That’s how many wallets were left behind at EDC this year.

  • Phones

    Background of damaged mobile phones. A bunch of broken smartphones. Used phones stacked on top of each other. Repair services and maintenance of equipment.

    This year 172 phones were left behind at EDC. Can you imagine going through this pile looking for your phone? Guaranteed they aren’t charged too, so you can’t identify it by your background picture. This is an argument for custom cases!

  • IDs

    National ID Driver License with Copy Space Isolated on a White Background.

    Michael Burrell via Getty Images

    People come from all over to go to EDC. So there’s going to be a lot of driver’s licenses, identification cards and passports. This year 324 of them didn’t make it home.

  • Credit Cards

    Pile of colored credit cards background, 3d illustration

    Bet_Noire via Getty Images

    Someone on the EDC clean-up crew could seriously go on a shopping spree if they wanted to. Hopefully the owners of the 337 credit cards left behind this year were frozen by their owners. By far the most of any item left behind.

  • "Random Items"

    Cardboard lost and found box isolated on white.

    MrIncredible via Getty Images

    And just for honorable mention, was the 6 “random things” left behind at EDC. There’s no detail of what those random items were. Inhalers, retainers, underwear…could be anything.

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