Organizers Postpone EDC Until October

| April 25, 2021 11:22 pm PDT

Just two weeks after it was announced that the Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) would run May 21-23 this year, the founder of the event has announced that the event has been rescheduled for October 22-24.

The EDC has been a major attraction to hundreds of thousands of visitors to Las Vegas for much of its 24-year history.

In a recent Instagram post announcing the postponement, EDC founder, Pasquale Rotella, explained the reason for the postponement.

Nevada’s promised May 1st loosening of pandemic rules covering social distancing and capacity restrictions gave EDC planners hope to begin meeting with Las Vegas police, fire, medical, and various other local agencies to plan for the May date, but it was all for naught.

Thanks to Clark County, home of the EDC and, apparently, some local officials who aren’t big fans of dub-step.

On Tuesday, April 20th, Clark County officials announced it would allow the EDC (or other large-scale gatherings) to take place only after 60% of the county had been vaccinated.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, only about 44% of the county has been vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.

“Unfortunately, the rate at which people get vaccinated before EDC is out of our control. It might happen by May 21, it might not. Either way, we can’t take that risk.”.

With versions of the EDC currently scheduled in Mexico, Tokyo, and Orlando, Florida, it’s easy to see that EDC established itself as a prominent music festival long before settling in Las Vegas.

In prior years, the EDC was held at various locations in southern California, along with secondary festivals in such disparate locations as Tulare in central California, Austin, Texas, and Aurora, Colorado.

Since it established its flagship festival in Clark County, the Electric Daisy Carnival has been one of the largest dance and music festivals in the world.

It is held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and the event celebrates electronic music such as house, techno, drum and bass, and dubstep while attracting between 200,000 and 400,000 young adult visitors to the city.

In comparison, most other conventions held in Las Vegas attract fewer than 200,000 visitors to Sin City, with some drawing far smaller groups.

Also of interest is that April 2021 marks the 12th consecutive month Las Vegas has hosted zero conventions — that is according to data from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

On the positive side, Rotella finished his disappointing announcement with some good news.

“EDC Las Vegas will still take place on the new dates of October 22-24, 2021. Your ticket will automatically be transferred to the new dates, or you may elect to receive a refund by clicking the link in my bio on Instagram. If you have already transferred your ticket to 2022, your ticket will also be transferred to the new dates unless you choose to receive a refund.”
J.W. Paine
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