As Las Vegas quickly becomes a centralized location for America’s dance music craze, Insomniac Events and their touring Electric Daisy Carnival have taken an unofficial residency as the summer festival ringmasters. Kicking off the yearly festival season, EDC attracts hundreds of thousands of bass-loving, booty-shaking fans to the desert for three nights of dance music, carnival rides, and circus performances.
On Saturday, EDC was forced to shut down early due to wind gusts that threatened the structural integrity of the enormous temporary stages sprawled across the Las Vegas desert.
Insomniac later made this statement on the EDC website:
Insomniac, in consultation with public safety officials, made the decision that due to extremely high wind conditions, the crowd would be cleared away from the stage areas. The decision was made out of an abundance of caution and with fan safety in mind.
Fans inside the festival were allowed to stay until 5:30 a.m. and enjoy music from temporary sound systems located on the infield grass of the stadium.
Earlier tonight, entry of new fans was stopped and inbound traffic is being managed by the Nevada Highway Patrol and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. As of 1 a.m. there were approximately 90,000 fans that had cleared the turnstiles into the venue.
Insomniac shares our fans’ disappointment that weather conditions changed the second night of the Electric Daisy Carnival experience, said Insomniac CEO, Pasquale Rotella. Our top priority has always been fan safety and we expect that Mother Nature will be more cooperative tomorrow as we prepare for an amazing day three.
It is still unclear whether refunds will be issued for those who did not get into the festival, but Insomniac did make the decision to honor any Saturday tickets for entrance to the show on Sunday night (which went off without a hitch).
While we’re sure many fans left Vegas disappointed, safety should always come first. Especially for a promotion company whose reputation was already tarnished after the death of a 15-year-old girl during the final Los Angeles-based Electric Daisy Carnival in 2010.
Insomniac Events has finally announced the long-awaited Electric Daisy Carnival New York City lineup. If you can take the day off, the newly added Friday, May 18th date (4pm- 11pm) will kick off the event, with top dogs Fatboy Slim, Armin van Buuren, and the YouTube/Beatport sensation Madeon. The remaining two days, Saturday and Sunday, will start at 12 pm and go until 11 pm. On Saturday, expect to see Avicii, Sebastian Ingrosso, legendary house music pioneer Carl Cox, and Steve Angello. Sunday will consist of a fantastic closing lineup, including acts such as Bassnectar, Afrojack, Nero, and Richie Hawtin. Click here to check out the full EDC NYC lineup.
If you live on the east coast, Insomniac Events just made your summer by adding an extra day to the NYC Electric Daisy Carnival and expanding the capacity for the original two dates. EDC NYC will now start on Friday May 18th and end on Sunday May 21st. If you already have tickets for May 19th and 20th, you can buy your tickets for the 18th tomorrow (Wednesday, April 11th.) According to the website, you will be sent an email containing a special invitation to get your tickets early. For the non-ticketed among us, tickets for all three days will hit the market again on Thursday, April 12th @ 12 noon EST. Now remember, on March 2, tickets for the initial May 19th and 20th dates sold out within a FEW HOURS. It will probably happen again this Thursday, so make sure you are in front of your computer and on Ticketmaster exactly when they hit the market @ 12 p.m.
In addition to this big news, Insomniac also released the official starting times for each day, as follows:
- Friday, May 18th 4:30 p.m. – 11p.m.
- Saturday, May 19th 12 p.m. – 11 p.m.
- Sunday, May 20th 12 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Electric Daisy Carnival, America’s largest dance music festival, is moving to another city (yet again). This time, the minds behind Insomniac Events have brought the dance party to the east coast. The festival is known worldwide for stunning visual aspects, carnival rides, and superstar DJs, combined with ever-growing crowds. In five years, Insomniac has watched EDC grow from a 40,000 person concert in Southern California, to a three day-long, 230,000 person event in Las Vegas that has become a Mecca for electronic dance music fans worldwide. The festival was a staple in the LA music scene until the tragic death of a 15 year old in 2010. 2011 marked the biggest change for the creators of EDC, as they packed up and headed to Las Vegas (after LA all but banned raves). What ensued was completely unexpected; EDC has become even more popular than it’s finest years at the LA Coliseum.
There’s still no word from the promoters on the venue or line-up, but tickets go on sale at the end of the week (March 2nd) so the info can’t be too far off. Be sure to keep an eye on this post, as we will update it with new information as it becomes available! In the meantime, check out the EDC website for more info.