Just weeks after the Electric Daisy Festival announced its epic return in May of 2021, the shattering news of its postponement shook the EDM community.
In a update from Insomniac CEO, Pasquale Rotella, he posted on Instagram:
“I am sorry to say that EDC Las Vegas needs to move to October. I want to thank everyone who has put their heart and soul into this show—the Insomniac team, artists, agents, managers, production crews, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway staff, the government officials who supported us, and most importantly, you, the Headliners.
As we expected and were assured prior to announcing the festival for May, Nevada state officials announced they would lift social distancing requirements as of May 1, creating a path for EDC to happen with strict safety guidelines in place. We just had a meeting in Las Vegas this past Friday with police, fire, medical, and other agencies involved with EDC to plan out details surrounding the event.
However, today, Clark County (home of EDC & the Las Vegas Motor Speedway) passed a reopening plan that requires 60% of their residents to be vaccinated before restrictions over large-scale gatherings such as EDC can be lifted. Unfortunately, the rate at which people get vaccinated before EDC is out of our control. It might happen in time, it might not. Either way, we can’t take that risk.
Our team has been working around the clock to organize this event. We currently have over 40 trucks en route to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway from all over the country. The lineup is fully booked and was going to be announced tomorrow at 12 pm PT. The team and I are heartbroken, as I know many of you are as well. For those who have stayed with us on this journey, I thank you. Your trust & loyalty are what give us the strength to keep moving forward.
The good news is that 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. 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.
I continue to believe it’s important we get back out on the dancefloor as soon as possible, and I won’t give up on trying to make that happen. I will be announcing an AMA on Reddit in the near future to address any questions.”
Naturally, people in the EDM community are outraged at the announcement. Many considered the push for the original May dates to be too soon, a money grab,” and selfish for Insomniac to put ticket holders in that position. Pasquale encouraged people to book their airfare, hotels, and other accommodations because he promised the event would happen. Now, many ticket-holders are struggling to get refunds, change plans, and prepare for October.
Many ticket holders also attend EDC Orlando, which happens November 12-14th. Within a couple of weeks' span, two of Insomniac's biggest events are scheduled to take place. It will be interesting to see how Insomniac plans to pull this off. However, if anyone can, it’s Insomniac.