Less than two weeks after his declaration that EDC Las Vegas would host its 2021 iteration in May as planned, Pasquale Rotella unexpectedly announced that the festival has now been postponed to October 22 – 24, 2021.
In an Instagram post, Rotella explained that the postponement is the result of a new Clark County reopening plan that requires at least 60% of residents to be fully vaccinated before large-scale events are able to take place in Las Vegas. This stipulation makes it impossible for EDC Las Vegas to happen in May, as there is no guarantee that the current rate of vaccination will yield the 60% rate by the May 21 – 23, 2021 event dates.
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Insomniac founder and CEO Pasquale Rotella has confirmed that EDC Las Vegas will move forward with its planned May 2021 dates.
Sharing a number of cryptic countdown videos that were tantamount to torture for EDC fans, Rotella eventually announced the news in a triumphant Instagram post.
“Electric Daisy Carnival is finally on the horizon. There were times during the pandemic when many of us lost hope,” Rotella wrote. “We were challenged to learn & listen to our hearts & trust that the storm would eventually pass, making way for a bright & sunny future for those in our community & around the world.”
“With the world being shutdown for over a year, I’m happy to announce we’re on our way to being able to celebrate in person,” he continued. “Book your flights, hotels & shuttles — EDC Las Vegas is on for May 21+22+23!”
The news arrives after a tumultuous 24 hours for the festival, which the promoter expects to attract 200,000 people over the course of its three days, May 21-23.
After Live Nation posted a slew of EDC Las Vegas-specific job listings including the phrase, “Travel required in May,” many fans believed they had the smoking gun they needed to start planning for spring. Those plans were then marred by the news that the Nevada Department of Business and Industry went on to reject Insomniac’s robust safety plan.
However, it now seems the company was able to submit a revised proposal and secure the approval of state officials. “We are moving forward as planned & will be working closely with local & state officials to make the show as safe as possible,” Rotella’s statement continued, also noting that fans “can expect the full EDC experience with no details spared.”
The scope of the festival’s COVID-19 plan is not yet publicly known, but Rotella’s post says that more details on safety protocols and the lineup “will be shared soon.”
Insomniac’s initial proposal noted that the 2021 edition of EDC Las Vegas “will not rely on social distancing as its method for health safety.” In lieu of social distancing, attendees and staff members would either have to be vaccinated or able to produce a negative COVID-19 test onsite.
The preliminary proposal also revealed that organizers are also considering the deployment of COVID-19 scent detection canines, pending the results of ongoing studies of their effectiveness. If deemed effective, Insomniac is planning to place the dogs at all of the entrances of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway to search attendees. However, it’s important to note that the revised proposal may look vastly different.
Festive Owl, who claims to have spoken with “verified sources,” reports that if the festival’s capacity is reduced to 50% to adhere to Nevada’s COVID-19 ordinance, EDC Las Vegas “will be split over two weekends.” However, we don’t currently have any info on the capacity limits or whether there will be an additional weekend.
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With up to 10 different stages on any given night, EDC Las Vegas has something for everyone. Whether you’re into dubstep, trap, deep house, techno, trance, progressive, tech house, or big room house – you’ll certainly find something to float your boat at EDC. Each of the stages tend to have a certain “theme” and feature artists with similar sounds.
Because of its unmistakably enormous size, and general musical appeal, this is also the biggest production. From nonstop pyrotechnics and fireworks, to water features and dozens of insane-quality speakers, the Kinetic Field is nothing short of spectacular. Thousands of people can (and do) enjoy this absolutely massive and energetic stage at any hour of the night.
If all that isn’t enough for you, this stage has tons of dancers and performers. If you’re into costumes and production effects, this is definitely one area of EDC that you should check out at least once. Special guests have routinely surprised festival goers here too. Bryan Cranston (Walter White from Breaking Bad) pushed the button during Above and Beyond’s set, and hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd made an appearance for Afrojack.
TL;DR – If you like festival house, trap, popular EDM tracks, and seriously BIG productions, you’ll love Kinetic Field.
Upon entry to EDC Las Vegas, the very first of the EDC stages you’ll probably see coming down the bleachers is Cosmic Meadow. Like it’s big sibling Kinetic, the Cosmic Meadow is also very production-heavy. All genres of EDM in Las Vegas have visited here: from house, to techno, to hip hop, to rock. However, this stage is typically known for trap artists, dubstep, bass music, and chill tracks.
As the name might suggest, this stage is the only one to open out to a wonderful, open grassy area. It is on this “meadow” that we’ve seen rave-goers sitting, napping, dancing, giving light shows, or simply cooling down and relaxing. After all, lying on real grass after dancing for hours in 90-100 degree Vegas weather is a much appreciated feature of this festival. The grass typically always has open areas to the sides, and directly faces the speedway’s bleachers, so it’s ideal for being able to listen to the music without being smashed in a tight crowd (we’re talking to you introverts out there ;P ).
That’s not to say that this stage is boring though. In the pasts, artists like Flosstradamus, Illenium, K?D, Porter Robinson, Slushii, and San Holo have performed here. And in addition to the killer music, the Cosmic Meadow provides a variety of beautiful light features and illuminated decorations throughout the football-field size area.
If, somehow, you entered EDC without seeing this beautiful stage, we highly recommend checking it out (especially if you need a place to rest). If you’re here long enough, you may even see special guests. In 2017, G-Eazy made a surprise visit during Jauz’s set.
TL;DR – If you like open space, cool grass, and trap music, definitely check out a few sets at Costmic Meadow.
The beloved and entrancing Circuit Grounds is one of the most visually appealing stages. Not only is it typically one of the largest EDC stages, it’s all about the technology.
This stage has truly amazing lightwork and design, and it is here that you’ll typically find the latest LED tech really has to offer. In the past we’ve seen rotating LED screens, moving ceilings, trippy all-encompassing side panel screens, and of course bright, piercing laser effects that’ll make you lose your mind (in the best way possible!)
The stage often holds progressive house and trance artists, and a huge variety of artists will show up. In the past Circuit Grounds has showcased cherished artists including Above & Beyond, Alan Walker, and Zedd. Special guests to pop up here as well, with Lil Jon appearing on stage with Flosstradamus in 2017.
TL;DR – Both progressive trance music lovers and LED fanatics alike will never be disappointed with this stage. And if you happen to also have a pair of diffraction glasses or kaleidoscope goggles, this is definitely one part of the festival you’ll need to hit up.
Of all the EDC stages, Neon Garden showcases a completely different vibe than the others. Neon Garden mainly holds pure house and techno DJ’s. Because of this, EDC founder, Pasquale, has said it is the festival’s tribute to the origin of EDM. If there are any underground sounds at EDC, they would be at Neon Garden. It’s always amazing inside this area and definitely easy to zone out.
The structure itself is a smaller setup, full of low-lights and the occasional smooth laser show. It is always a gorgeous setup and often attracts a great mix of people from all ages.
From the eerie beats of Green Velvet, to techno legend Adam Beyer, we guarantee that if you like house and techno, you’ll fall in love with Neon Garden. Even if you’re not a fan of techno, this stage embraces a consistent mood with subtle changes that invite anyone passing by to shuffle their feet.
TL;DR – With its catchy house vibes and entrancing techno music, Neon Garden has remained a welcomed alternative to the festival’s modern EDM styles.
As the name might suggest, Bass Pod is dedicated to the bass music sub-genres of D&B (Drum and Bass) and Dubstep. Hosted by the Bassrush team, this stage has been known in the past for its iconic pyrotechnic robot pods. However, EDC 2017 was the last appearance of this design so we can look forward to a whole new concept in 2018.
Most EDC stages have their own special element that makes them stand out. Bass Pod’s element is its power. The insane amount of power put into this stage for the sound and effects is known to be nothing short of sensational. Blowing out fire (and speakers!) seems to be somewhat of a favorite pass-time for this stage.
On top of the intense sound system, special guests like Drake have made their way to this stage for Metro Boomin’s set. Despite its tendency to get a bit wild, we’ve found ourselves gravitating towards this particular stage more and more over the years. They must be doing something right 😉
TL;DR – If headbanging to bass-heavy sets, and hardcore drops are your jam, Bass Pod is a must see for you!
Wasteland is not for the faint of heart, nor for those low on energy. This Basscon-hosted stage is dedicated to all the hard style of dance music. And of all the EDC stages, we’re pretty sure this one has never played music below 150BPM. If you can manage to get to the front of the crowd during any Hardstyle song, prepare to have your entire body vibrating with bass and energy. It truly is a rush.
If the music isn’t intense enough for you, the stage presentation and the crowd should be. Wasteland captures a typically post-apocalyptic concept, so fire effects are pretty much always a must – as is literally anything that screams intensity.
Wasteland has been home to some of the biggest names in Hardstyle at EDC, including euphoric hardstyle artist, Brennan Heart, and the “Godfather of Hardstyle,” The Prophet. With its super high energy and fast-paced tracks, it’s definitely worth checking out.
TL;DR – Whether you’re a fan of hard style, thrilling set productions, or the kind of loud music that sucks you in and rattles your brain, Wasteland is going to win your hardcore little heart over.
The genre of Trance music is one of the oldest in electronic music and truly embodies the original PLUR movement. This goes without saying then, that trance’s fan base is huge – and growing. It is precisely for this dedicated and ever-present group of fans that Pasquale created this 8th stage at EDC.
Quantum Valley, hosted by Dreamstate, provides EDM lovers with the chance to connect to the spirit of Peace, Love, Unity, Respect (and Responsibility). In our opinion, this is the beauty of the new stage’s concept. From Psytrance to Hard trance, if you’re looking for your own particular style, it’s probably here. It’s also here that you’re likely to find many of your more underground sounds.
Like its older cousin Circuit Grounds, Quantum Valley provides nothing short of a spectacular light show. Artists like Gareth Emery, Dash Berlin, Armin van Buuren, and Markus Schulz have helped make this stage the mesmerizing and, dare we say it, en-TRANCE-ing production that it is. No matter the subgenre you’re interested in, there’s likely a trance set for you here.
TL;DR – Trance lovers unite at Quantum Valley. If you’re a fan of Dreamstate, you’ll fall in love with this stage as much as we did.
Take in the various shades of the dance music genre, from house to tech house to bass music and beyond. Curated by the ever-growing family at Insomniac Music Group, stereoBLOOM offers up sounds from known artists and up-and-comers alike.
Art Cars (Moving Stages)
From glowing buggies to massive party ships, these mobile sound systems can be found roaming the Speedway, broadcasting all forms of dance music. Go exploring, and you might catch a special DJ set!
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