Tuesday, 1 March 2011


In case you missed the last nine months of drama surrounding the (now formerly) Los Angeles based dance festival Electric Daisy Carnival, here’s a helpful re-cap of events.

After a mammoth year in 2010 with the likes of Swedish House Mafia, Laidback Luke and Above & Beyond all playing, the festival ended in disaster with a number of hospitalisations for crowd-crushed punters and the unfortunate death of an underage local girl following a drug overdose. The 2010 festival was then plunged into doubt with intense media scrutiny placed on the LA rave scene and in another dramatic twist an opportunistic Californian politician made bold moves to ban outdoor dance events altogether.

All eyes have since been on EDC promoters Insomniac for an indication on the fate of their annual festival and NBC Los Angeles is reporting that today Insomniac has announced that Electric Daisy Carnival will leave its LA home for greener pastures in Las Vegas.

The move comes after more messiness between Insomniac and EDC’s regular venue Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in recent weeks, with Coliseum boss Patrick Lynch resigned after it emerged that one of his staff was also a consultant for Insomniac making for a murky little conflict. As a result of the ongoing saga the process to nail down a contract for EDC 2011 with the venue has proved an ‘insurmountable challenge’ for Insomniac, leading to the decision to shift this year’s festival to an undisclosed location in Las Vegas, Nevada this June 24-25.

While the move will likely come at the cost of EDC’s rabid LA fanbase the good news is that at least the festival is even happening this year. Hopefully it’ll stay out of trouble this time ‘round.


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