The OFFICIAL 2018 EDC Las Vegas lineup is here, and it’s worth the wait

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“Headliners” rejoice, for Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas’ 2018 lineup has at last arrived.

Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella surprised EDC Las Vegas ticket holders with a unique Valentine that among other treats, contained candy hearts printed with the names of a select few artists scheduled to perform at the event’s 22nd iteration from May 18-20.

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A nod to his love for his patrons, Rotella additionally informed ticket holders that he would announce the event’s 2018 lineup on February 14 during Episode #130 of Night Owl Radio. Now released in its full form, the roster of talent for the festival’s 2018 edition features the likes of Martin Garrix, Armin Van Buuren, Diplo, Afrojack b2b SVDDEN DEATH, Zedd, Tiesto, and more.

History will be made as globally-renowned electronic artists convene for more than 25 b2b performances including Doctor P b2b Flux Pavilion, DJ Stephanie b2b Lady Faith, and 12th Planet b2b Kill The Noise. NGHTMRE & Slander and Tchami and Malaa will additionally present their Gud Vibrations and No Redemption tours, respectively.

Ticket holders will also see a series of artists make their EDC Las Vegas debut, including Charlotte de Witte, Moksi, Khalid, and more.

Those interested in purchasing tickets to the festival can do so, here.


EDC Las Vegas announces theme, lineup details for 2018 via Valentine’s mailers [DETAILS]

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Ticket holders of Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas 2018 will find an unusual Valentine in Insomniac CEO, Pasquale Rotella.

“Headliners” around the country will by now have discovered a surprise Valentine’s Day present from Rotella in their mailboxes, but the candy enclosed in the holiday packages isn’t typical Valentine’s Day fare. Ticket holders rather received customized candy hearts bearing the names of the artists that will comprise the festival’s 2018 lineup. The newly designed Insomniac and EDC logos additionally appear printed on the candy, as well as a few event related phrases that will be familiar to fans of the brand.

The three-part Valentine’s Day treat sent by Rotella also discloses the event’s theme, ‘Kinetic Love,” while sharing the theme’s accompanying “special artwork,” which symbolizes the “second pillar of PLUR” in a nod to “the unconditional appreciation and acceptance that thrives within dance music.

Rotella’s final sweet Valentine’s Day gesture entails the festival’s lineup reveal. Rotella will share the lineup for EDC Las Vegas’ 22nd edition this evening during Episode #130 of Night Owl Radio. “Headliners” can catch the special broadcast at 4 PM PT on Wednesday, February 14 on Sirius XM Electric Area (Channel 52), or alternatively, through the episode’s live stream on Facebook, here. In EDC Las Vegas tradition, Rotella will announce the booked artists individually and by stage as he cues a series of “curated mini-mixes” crafted for each of EDC’s eight stages.

The festival will chart three nights under the electric sky at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway May 18-20. Those interested in attending EDC Las Vegas can purchase passes to the event, here.

Insomniac’s Electric Daisy Carnival will see worldwide expansion, new stage designs, logos & more [DETAILS]

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It’s a big year for Insomniac.

The electronic events enterprise looks not only to its 25th anniversary this year, but to international expansion which will see Insomniac’s flagship Electric Daisy Carnival event migrate to Japan and China in 2018. “We’re planning on announcing a few more international stops,” writes Insomniac CEO, Pasquale Rotella, in a recent Facebook post.

Rotella’s post broaches the festival’s international expansion, but additionally offers further details about this year’s edition of EDC Las Vegas. Committed to continue bringing fans “all new experiences” in what Rotella calls the “Insomniac tradition,” EDC’s Vegas iteration will feature brand new stage designs for kineticFIELD, circuitGROUNDS, neonGARDEN, bassPOD, and quantumVALLEY.

“In addition to the new websites and the new looks, 2018 will continue our tradition to bring about all new experiences. EDC Las Vegas is going to feature COMPLETELY new stage designs for kineticFIELD, circuitGROUNDS, neonGARDEN, bassPOD, and quantumVALLEY, which is getting an open air style production this year. If you’re staying with us at our first-ever Camp EDC — or if you’re thinking about it — stay tuned because we’re about to drop details on more activities and amenities, including a full map.”

Electric Daisy Carnival events hosted in various locations will also see a resurgence of the “interactive art and design” additions characteristic of EDC editions in the “early days.”

While massive alterations to the structure of EDC Las Vegas and the event’s international growth are sure to keep Rotella busy, Insomniac continues to channel momentum via the opening of ACADEMY, a new “warehouse style club” now open in Los Angeles.

Rotella’s Facebook post furthermore serves to exhibit Insomniac’s revamped logo, the change made in honor of Insomniac’s 25th anniversary.

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For the first time ever, EDC Las Vegas attendees will be able to camp under the electric sky via Camp EDC. Insomniac has decided to bring camping amenities to the internationally renowned festival to give patrons a more comprehensive experience, though not in the traditional down-in-the-mud format one might expect.

With new festival dates falling in the middle May, 17–21, mitigating the Las Vegas desert heat, camping is no longer out of the question — just in case, Camp EDC will offer air conditioned tents, misting stations, and daytime pool parties with a walk up bar.

Additionally EDC campers can also partake in an array of colorful activities over the extended weekend: go-kart racing, kandi-making, yoga, rave aerobics, hula-hoop classes, and sound baths, to name a few. Campers will also get exclusive access to the Thursday night kickoff pool party, with surprise DJ sets, among other live entertainment.

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BREAKING: EDC Las Vegas changes are here and they’re HUGE

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  • EDC Las Vegas has announced a number of major structural and logistic changes set to take effect for the festival’s 2018 installment
  • EDC will occur a month earlier than in previous years, slated for May 18th-20th this year
  • EDC will offer extended festival hours, opening the festival with early-entry opening ceremonies
  • Insomniac has unveiled a new camping program that will allow festival goers to camp in GA and Premier tents. The brand will also allow ticket holders to bring their own RVs, or to alternatively rent RVs as a part of the camping program
  • Long, previously problematic commutes should be less of a problem, thanks to the short, walkable commute promoted by the camping program
  • Those that stay in hotels should also see a decrease in commute time, with construction on the 15 Freeway set to be completed prior to the festival
  • Tickets to EDC Las Vegas 2018 will go on sale on Thursday, September 28th at 12 PM PST
  • The festival will offer a new price tier and various layaway plans

The mystique that has shrouded Pasquale Rotella’s intended alterations to Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas has evaporated, replaced by a newfound sense of clarity as the Insomniac founder finally revealed the nature of his long advertised changes. Rotella has rolled out a highly transformative series of adjustments to the festival, modifications that touch on the event’s dates, hours, ticket pricing tiers, and lodging options.

EDC Las Vegas will remain a one-week, three-day festival dispelling the widely entertained suspicion that Rotella might expand EDC’s Vegas edition to a multi weekend affair. The dates of the festival have shifted for its 2018 iteration—the festival will notably return to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but will do so from Friday, May 18th through Sunday, May 20th. EDC Las Vegas had previously been annually held in mid to late June. The acceleration of the event’s dates of production, however, may alleviate the excessive heat bemoaned by 2017 attendees.

While Rotella has not offered many details with respect to the amount of time by which the festival will be extended, EDC Las Vegas will not only feature extended festival hours this year, but will begin with early-entry opening ceremonies.

The largest change in the structure of EDC Las Vegas arrives in attendees’ lodging choices. Vegas ticket holders will have the opportunity to camp at the festival for the first time. Insomniac will present festival goers with the ability to take part in its inaugural camping program, where attendees may rent air-conditioned GA tents complete with dust-control canvas walls, artificial grass flooring, and electrical outlets to accommodate a six-camper maximum. The brand will also offer a VIP tent option, with the same dust-control canvas walls and grass flooring boasted by the GA tents. The swankier tents will differ from the GA tents in terms of their amenities giving premier tent purchasers the option to enjoy twin or queen-sized beds, linens, pillows, towels, tables, chairs, and lights for two to four campers.

Festival goers may also bring their own RVs to the event, as Insomnic will provide RV owners with pre-arranged on-site power access. Those who would prefer to camp in an RV need not worry if they do not own one, as the festival will additionally rent fully outfitted RVs, complete with linens and pillows.

Insomniac’s new camping program is a response to the traffic woes of the festival’s previous year, where traffic to the festival led to hours of delays for many. The camping areas are intended to eliminate some of the problematic vehicular traffic caused by EDC by offering campers a walkable and short commute to the festival.

Those who opt for the traditional hotel route should also hope to see their commute to the event shortened, as Insomniac has handed the reigns of their EDC shuttle program over to an independent company responsible for some of the nation’s “largest music and sporting events.” Anticipated completed construction of the 15 Freeway near festival grounds will result in the installment of three new lanes that should expedite the arrival process.

Insomniac concludes its comprehensive set of changes to EDC Las Vegas with minor alterations to the ticket purchase policy. Tickets to the festival will go on sale Thursday, September 28th at 12 PM PST. Ticket purchasers will enjoy newfound access to a wider range of ticketing tiers and layaway plans. Early Owl GA 3-day passes will begin at $325, whereas VIP 3-day passes start at $699.

Those that do not obtain Early Owl tickets will be able to buy festival passes from the newly instituted Wise Owl tier, where 3-day GA passes will appear at $340. A final tier, the Later Owl tier, awaits those who will buy their tickets at a later date, offering 3-day GA tickets for $355. All ticket types will feature layaway options. Insomniac will provide more details on the layaway options as the ticket sale date approaches.


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Pasquale Rotella discusses Gary Richards leaving HARD, big changes on the horizon for EDC brand

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In an Instagram Live address to his fans on August 6th, Electric Daisy Carnival‘s owner and poster boy, Pasquale Rotella, discussed myriad issues concerning the dance music industry, his company Insomniac, and it’s relationship to HARD Events, and big changes on the horizon for EDC structuring and mission. Here are a few keys highlights from the address.

EDC New York may not be returning. The company is putting forth new efforts to desaturate the U.S. festival market that it helped to over inflate, focusing more on “quality over quantity of festivals.” This also means downsizing certain festivals like Nocturnal Wonderland from a three-day festival to a more boutique, limited capacity sized event.

Focus will be put on EDC Las Vegas’s transportation system, especially leaving the festival. Rotella doesn’t want to make an official public statements until all changes are solidified. However, EDM Sauce ventures to conjecture that major changes may include the rumored possible future venue change to Las Vegas’ new NFL stadium.

EDC will not move to two weekends and will not be changing the experience inside the festival. Rotella emphasized that the EDC brand and experience will always stand for electronic dance music, stressing that attendees likely won’t be seeing hip-hop on the lineup beyond producers bringing out live guest appearances, a decision that belongs to the artist.

Pasquale spoke to Hard Summer Music Festival founder Gary Richards leaving HARD Presents for LiveStyle. Rotella clarified that Insomniac has actually owned HARD for the past few years, based on a creative partnership Insomniac has with Live Nation Entertainment, the event conglomerate who purchased HARD from Gary Richards in 2012. HARD was able to operate on its own up until this year when Richard’s contract ran out.

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Insomniac Events’ Electric Forest just concluded its first year as a two weekend event and the brand’s CEO Pasquale Rotella was in attendance to celebrate. While offering his followers a live stream of the event, the creative mastermind revealed that big changes to EDC Las Vegas’ 2018 iteration may be coming sooner than expected.

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It’s worth noting that for the first time in years, this past year’s EDC Las Vegas failed to sell out, perhaps triggering the need for Rotella to make some adjustments. Currently under major speculation is the possibility of the festival taking place over Memorial Day weekend or potentially moving to the new Las Vegas Raiders football stadium which is slated for completion before the 2020 NFL season begins.

Regardless of what the changes may have in store, Rotella’s continued commentary on future happenings for the festival indicate that it will likely be a pivotal move for the brand.

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Earlier in June, Insomniac Events’ CEO Pasquale Rotella revealed in an Instagram live stream that “big changes” were on the horizon for next year’s Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas.

In a market that is ever changing and expanding, the desire to maintain control, festival experience, and ultimately attendee safety is perpetually pressing. After this year’s unfortunate, presumed heat-related fatality, Rotella has since revealed in an interview with Review Journal that scheduling the festival around the coolest weather is a top priority.

As a result, Pasquale Rotella is reportedly considering moving the event to Memorial Day weekend of 2018, although at this point, nothing as of yet is confirmed.

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Playing to an extensive audience at one of the the festival’s biggest stages, the Dutch producer featured hit singles from his catalogue such as “Light,” “The Future,” and his ever-popular remix of Dr. Dre’s “The Next Episode.”  Ranging from celestial future melodies to overpowering bass music, the set highlights the world of sound San Holo has made a career out of dominating.

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Pasquale Rotella announces ‘big changes’ to EDC are on the horizon

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Last weekend, Electric Daisy Carnival returned to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for its 2017 iteration. The festival, which drew roughly 135,000 attendees for each day of its three-day tenure, boasts the claim of being the largest music festival in the country this year. However, Insomniac’s flagship event was not without its setbacks.

Though, statistically speaking, the sole fatality and 1,000 medical calls made during the weekend indicated that EDC placed an emphasis on harm reduction efforts, the oppressive heat of the weekend was a complaint for many attendees. Indeed, some artists blamed the high temperatures as a factor to recurrent sound issues during certain performances. Insomniac also faced complaints regarding the shuttle lines and level of traffic that hindered the process of festival entry, which some argue is related to their banning of third party shuttle services from the festival this year.

This weekend, Insomniac founder Pasquale Rotella held a live stream on Instagram during the currently ongoing Electric Forest, which his company produces in conjunction with Madison House Presents. During the stream, Rotella noted that “big changes” for EDC Las Vegas are coming up, adding that he intends to announce the change soon and is writing out a presumed statement “while here at eforest.”

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It’s currently unclear what the “big changes” for the festival will be. Some have speculated the possibility of a venue change, which could help ameliorate the formidable heat of EDC Las Vegas, but might prove problematic to festival’s ability to take place through the wee hours of the morning. Another popular hypothesis is the annual rumor of EDC becoming a two-weekend festival, despite the fact that it did not sell out in 2017.

Only time will tell what changes are in store for the country’s currently-reigning largest music festival, but it appears that Rotella is not taking the announcement lightly.

Via: EDM Tunes

Featured image via Insomniac.

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