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Posted June 7, 2019 by Chris in Features
 
 

Dates Set For 2020 after another Successful EDC Las Vegas

There is a lot which can go wrong at a music festival. But ticketing problems and cancelled acts pale in comparison to the weather. Heavy rain can wash out a whole festival but it was high winds which plagued EDC 2019.

Thousands of revellers descended on Las Vegas Speedway in May. Sin City has hosted the Electric Daisy Carnival for almost a decade since its move from Los Angeles. It all started in an LA warehouse in 1997 but has grown exponentially. Now the largest dance festival in North America, EDC has spin-off events all over the world.

But it is the Las Vegas edition which remains the most popular. This year, the event utilised almost every square foot of the Las Vegas Speedway. The festival is known for its colourful and eclectic setup. There were fairground rides and the famous art cars dotted throughout the site. David Guetta, Deadmau5, and Tiesto were amongst the headliners for the event. Over two hundred acts received time on one of the eight stages or numerous art cars.

Everything was set for a memorable weekend but the weather got in the way. On Saturday night, heavy winds were a danger to festival-goers and a couple of stages shut down. Unfortunately, this led to some confusion. The message was poorly conveyed and some spectators assumed the whole festival was cancelled. Many left and even returned to their accommodation.

It wasn’t the first time the event had run into bad weather. In 2012, high winds and a dust storm suspended festivities. It was a similar story this year with several slots suspended. Sets by Kaskade and RL Grime were shelved to the disappointment of many. But the anger from attendees was directed more to the response than the weather itself. Festival organisers Insomniac carried much of the burden and sent out this statement at the time.

‘The safety of all Headliners, staff and crew is our top priority,’ it read.

‘In conjunction with public safety officials, we will continue to monitor the weather and take the necessary precautions to ensure our Headliners have a safe and fun experience at EDC Las Vegas.’


But things got back underway within a few hours and the hitch was promptly forgotten. That was especially so when one of the big surprises showed up. Skrillex was a secret performer, adding his name to the lengthy list. It was a line-up worth staying up for with thousands of attendees entering nocturnal sleep schedules for the three-day event.

Most argue that it was worth it. The same can be said of the event’s move to Las Vegas all that time ago.

“I didn’t know what to expect when I brought EDC to Las Vegas back in 2011,” said Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella.

“I’m so humbled by the way in which the city has wholeheartedly embraced the event, our culture, and the Headliner community that has called EDC home for the past decade.”


Things have worked out well for the festival since that 2011 move. Thrillist has argued that EDC is amongst the best dance festivals in the world. Over 460,000 people attended in 2018 and this year’s figures are expected to be similar. That’s no mean feat so it’s perhaps not a surprise that next year’s event has already been announced. EDC 2020 will take place in Las Vegas between May 15 and May 17.

2020 will mark the tenth edition of the festival held in Sin City and will surely be the biggest ever. The lineup won’t be announced for some time but returning attendees and newcomers will surely be attracted to EDC 2020.

It seems like such a perfect destination for a music festival. There is no shortage of hotels, bars or restaurants in the area and attendees can expect a party atmosphere. Las Vegas is also the home to all things gambling and casino related. Future EDC attendees may be keen to enjoy the local entertainment. They’d be advised to brush up on their skills at an online casino like Betway beforehand. Who knows, they may even win back the cost of their festival ticket.

Electric Daisy Chain continues to improve with each passing year. 2019’s event at the Las Vegas Speedway attracted hundreds of thousands of spectators and some of the biggest names in dance music. 2020 has already been announced and will surely bring more of the same. It’s fair to say that the move from Los Angeles to Sin City has worked out well for Insomniac. Let’s just hope for kinder weather for the tenth EDC Las Vegas in 2020.


Chris

 
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