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.
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.
The post-EDC goodies have continued to trickle in this week. Yesterday, July 4, San Holo graced fans with the full video recording his momentous set at Cosmic Meadow.
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.
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.”
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.
After numerous rumors, an Instagram rant, and claims of sabotage, DJ Khaled has set the record straight about what really happened during his EDC set fail this past weekend. For those who are not caught up on the Khaled controversy, the DJ began his set about 20 minutes after it was supposed to begin and only stayed on for a short period of time due to sound and production problems. Fans took to social media after a rumor spread that Khaled did not arrive to his performance on time. Another rumor was that Khaled was booed off of stage by the crowd, which thus cut his performance short.
An angry Instagram response from DJ Khaled only fueled those talking about the incident, when he posted the below rant via his Instagram.
“They (EDC) Tried to sabotage my sound so many times THEY could not get the sound right on my set and i still stood on stage wit no sound and when they got the sound to work they want cut my set short but I still rep for my people anyone else would walk off stage .. i knew my California and Vegas fans was in the building .. THEY DONT WANT US TO WIN SO WE WIN MORE FOR THERE HEAD TOP!!! It’s all luv thoe .. love is the key.. I forgive them … love is always the answer !
Insomniac founder Pasquale Rotella released a statement after the incident trying to dispel the rumors.
“[DJ Khaled] arrived on time and ready to rock the crowd, but equipment issues delayed the performance. Even though there were technical difficulties he still got on stage and showed his fans love.”
DJ Khaled did an interview with Power 106 Los Angeles in response to the backlash he has received after the weekend’s performance, in which he was surprisingly calm and well-articulated compared to his Instagram diatribe, he had similar things to stay as Rotella.
Watch Khaled respond to his EDC debacle in the above video, starting at 23:15.
EDC touches down at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway tonight, June 16. While most of the headliners are frantically applying the finishing touches to ensure they deliver a memorable set, fan favorite Dillon Francis has taken it one step further.
The pre-eminent moombahton producer teased a playlist of ten songs from his upcoming EDC performance under the title, ‘clean af, ready for edc.’ The preview contains an eclectic selection of tracks- from bass heavy to his time-tested moombah sound. Judging by the videos shared by Francis, it is safe to say that the veteran producer is going all out to deliver what could be his best set to date.
EDM’s second and biggest commercial boom to date began around 2010, leading to highly increased visibility for both the artists involved in bringing electronic to the mainstream and the music they created, which had been considered forward-thinking at the time. It was truly a “Golden Age” of sorts, with Swedish House Mafia, Knife Party, David Guetta, and more leading the charts with singles that are still fondly looked back upon over half a decade later.
New York-based radio personality and DJ Hannah Rad has chosen to look back at this time ahead of her hosting duties with Red Bull in streaming this year’s EDC. She created a special playlist filled with hits that dominated the main stage at EDC and festivals everywhere upon their release, taking listeners on a nostalgic ride through pieces like “Internet Friends,” “Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat,” and more. The selections are, indeed, veritable party starters.
On her playlist, Rad states, “I chose these songs because they represent the biggest and brashest sounds from the past few electronic-leading years. Bigger is always better and way radder when it comes to EDC… plus a little throwback Guetta to quiet you down after a long ravey weekend never hurt anyone!”
Today, June 13, Red Bull TV announced the full lineup of artists performing in their inaugural live broadcast of this year’s EDC Las Vegas. Those at home can tune into Red Bull TV this weekend to catch all the action inside the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where fans will be given access to artists interviews and special features that highlight the flagship event.
Hosted by DJ, Producer, and radio host Hannah Rad, live coverage will begin on June 16 8:30 PM PDT/ 11:30 PM EDT. Full list of artists confirmed for the Red Bull TV live broadcast include:
• Above & Beyond
• Ace Ventura
• Alan Walker
• Alison Wonderland
• Alison Wonderland B2b Diplo B2b Jauz
• Aly & Fila
• Andrew Luce
• Andrew Rayel
• Armin Van Buuren
• Audien B2b 3lau
• Ben Nicky
• Billy Kenny
• Black Tiger Sex Machine
• Boombox Cartel
• Born Dirty
• Brennan Heart
• Bryan Kearney
• Chase & Status
• Chris Liebing
• Craig Williams
• Cut Snake
• Da Tweekez
• Dillon Francis
• Don Diablo
• Duke Dumont
• Freedom Fighters
• John Askew
• John O Callaghan
• Jonas Blue
• Laidback Luke
• Lny Tnz
• Lost Frequencies
• Louis The Child
• Major Lazer
• Martin Solveig
• Miss K8
• Mr Carmack
• Nicole Moudaber
• Nicole Moudaber B2b Chris Liebing
• Oliver Heldens
• Phace B2b Rockwell B2b Prolix
• Rl Grime
• Rufus Du Sol
• San Holo
• Sander Van Doorn Presents Purple Haze
• Sean Tyas
• Seven Lions
• Simon Patterson
• The Prophet
• Tommy Trash
• Trippy Turtle
• Valentino Khan
• Vini Vici
• Virtual Riot B2b Barely Alive B2b Dubloadz
• Will Atkinson
• Will Sparks
• Yellow Claw
The live stream will be available at this link and/or on any connected device using the Red Bull TV app.
Alan Walker’s latest release, “Sky,” is recognizably similar to his seminal hit, “Faded,” which bodes well for the song’s hopeful reach, given the astronomical streaming numbers which the older single received.
In composing “Sky,” Walker transfers similar melodies as those from”Faded” into a fast-paced format, endowing it with a new flair entirely. “Sky” is a collaboration with Alex Skrindo, and is featured in Insomniac Record’s EDC Las Vegas 2017 compilation.
With just over a week away until the commencement of Insomniac’s pride and joy project, Electric Daisy Carnival has announced its single stage lineups. Bringing in newcomers and EDC veterans from all corners of the world, this year’s event awards attendees with eight over-the-top designed stages and a combined lineup of the most upcoming, and timeless talent in the dance music industry.
Known for their unique slogan “under the electric sky,” parent company Insomniac continues to work tirelessly to improve the festival experience yearly and find new ways to constantly entertain their attendees. With producers at the forefront such as Kygo, Axwell / Ingrosso, and a rare back-to-back-to-back collaboration between Alison Wonderland x Diplo x Jauz, this year’s event is set to kick off on June 16 for a weekend of non-stop festivities.