This summer, more than 230,000 fans flocked to Las Vegas for the flagship stop on the annual Electric Daisy Carnival, a traveling dance music festival boasting more than 200 performers from musicians to dancers, fire twirlers, aerialists, and stilt walkers. This year the highlights included SPIN cover star Skrillex, David Guetta, Rusko, Steve Aoki, Boys Noize, and many more, and Los Angeles-based photographer Harper Smith was on the ground capturing all the zaniness for SPIN, including the above shot of a reveler lapping it up in Sin City
"This was the end of the first night, at 5 A.M., and the sun's just starting to come up. The light is gorgeous!" says Smith. "We saw this girl exiting the venue, laughing and running with crazy amounts of energy. I was drawn to her because she was part of this more organic set of people that weren't in fluorescent candy raver outfits, which was cool and unexpected."
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