In this week’s edition of “announcements that surprise absolutely nobody” – the 2020 installment of Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas has officially been postponed to 2021.
The sold-out event, originally slated for May 2020, had already been rescheduled for October, amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Pasquale Rotella, CEO of Insomniac Entertainment made the announcement on his Instagram account on Sunday, the new dates for the festival are May 21-23, 2021.
Rotella and his team were optimistic about making EDC happen this year. Experimenting with ways to implement a two-step testing program, in addition enabling other safety protocols to ensure the safest possible experience for festival goers. However, medical experts convinced him that would not be possible.
“Here I am, a rave promoter, finding myself talking to biopharmaceutical companies about diagnostic tests for a novel virus while working with Nevada’s most prominent government officials,” said Rotella. “I’ve felt a lot of pressure wanting to come through for all of you & after taking time to exhaust every possible option, I can feel confident knowing this is the right decision.”
EDC Las Vegas is the largest electronic dance festival in North America, bringing in over 150,000 attendees per-day to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The event is also held annually in Orlando, China, and Mexico.
The original lineup for 2020 featured over 200 artists, including EDM heavy hitters Tiësto, the Chainsmokers, Major Lazer, David Guetta, and DJ Snake. Rotella did not make any comments in regards to the lineup changes for the 2021 reinstallment.
This cancellation follows the trend of major U.S. music festivals abandoning their events scheduled for 2020, including Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Burning Man, and downtown Las Vegas’ very own Life is Beautiful festival.
“Insomniac has been built on never giving up. We’re already working hard on next year’s show & we’ll be back with more energy than ever for our 25 Year Celebration. Until then— Peace, Love, Stay Positive & I’ll See You Under the Electric Sky” said Rotella.
We may not have music festivals for the time being, but we do have Youtube. Since EDC relocated from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 2011, many iconic performances took place under the electric sky.
While you’re at home, you can relive past EDC Las Vegas sets on Insomniac Events official Youtube channel.
All passes purchased for 2020 will be honored or the new dates. To refund your ticket, head over to edclasvegas.com/verify. Ticket holders have until August 16 to request refunds.