It’s official. The Electric Daily Carnival, otherwise known as EDC, will be postponing its highly anticipated annual dance-music festival to October 2-4. It was originally scheduled to take place on May 15-17.
Insomniac Events founder and CEO, Pasquale Rotella, was adamant at keeping it as originally scheduled back in early mid-March, despite the early coronavirus scare and the fluidity of the situation back then.
But with the current state of the pandemic, they’ve decided the safest, most wise decision is to postpone it until this fall.
It was confirmed by Billboard that the 10th edition of the festival will indeed be moved to October, despite the official announcement being made.
An official announcement by promoter Insomniac, which will detail ticket holder information and options, can be expected to be made within the next several days.
Insomniac made an earlier decision to postpone their Beyond Wonderland festival, which was scheduled to take place March 20-21 in Southern California, to June 19-20 instead.
A Sold Out Show
EDC Las Vegas 2020 sold out within a record-breaking 48 hours, the fastest it’s ever sold out says organizers.
The originally scheduled lineup set included David Guetta, The Chainsmokers, Carl Cox, DJ Snake, Richie Hawtin, Major Lazer, Tiësto, Zedd, along with 200 other performers.
It’s currently unsure whether the postponed date will affect the lineup, but you can expect to see more details within the coming week.
COVID-19 Disrupts Major Live Music Events Nationwide
EDC is just the latest in a string of live music events that have been either postponed or canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
One of the largest music events canceled this year was the 34th annual edition SXSW festival, a week-long event featuring music, technology, and film in Austin, Texas. The festival is the city’s biggest, and brings an estimated $300 million into the Austin economy.
In a statement released by festival organizers, it was the first time in 34 years that their March event was canceled. It was originally set to take place between March 13-22.
EDC also joins The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival rescheduled date of October. Coachella is set to take place Oct. 9-11 and Oct. 16-18, instead of its original April 24-26 date.
The country music festival, Stagecoach, also set in Southern California, was also postponed. Instead of its original April date, it will now take place Oct. 23-25.
New EDC Date Viable Option for Las Vegas Speedway
The good news is, the festival’s new date is aligned with Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s current schedule. Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) has hosted the festival since 2011, with Insomniac signing a 10-year contract with LVMS to host EDC through 2022.
Other big events scheduled around the time of EDC at the Speedway are South Point 400 Weekend, a NASCAR Cup series, scheduled for September 25- 27, and the Dodge NHRA Nationals, another major race, scheduled for Oct. 29-Nov 1.
EDC Rescheduling Conflicts
While Insomniac Rotella originally had hoped to possibly reschedule the festival to June, the month it was held back when it was still being held in Los Angeles, he thought it might be too hot for Camp EDC, especially with the Las Vegas summers.
A June date would also conflict with their other large music festival, Beyond Wonderland, which was postponed for June 19-20.
Right now, October seems like the safest option, especially with the impact of the pandemic continuing to worsen.
Don’t make plans just yet. If there’s anything this pandemic is showing us, is that it’s best not to make any solid commitments. Keep a lookout for Insomniac’s official announcement of when EDC will be officially postponed and what you can do if you’re an EDC ticket holder.