Even though Insomniac Events does not like when people leak pictures of their stages, Pasquale Rotella has been giving good ideas of what’s to come at this year’s EDC Las Vegas. Earlier this month, Pasquale Rotella shared a teaser of the kineticFIELD mainstage. Now Pasquale Rotella has shared with fans a massive 5-story tall owl
Using a lottery approach to their latest project, Live Nation Entertainment has just announced a never-before seen “Festival Passport” – giving access to over 90 music festivals around the world throughout the rest of 2017. Including massive events like EDC Las Vegas, Creamfields, and Electric Forest, Live Nation will release one thousand exclusive passes May 22 at 10AM Pacific Time. Notably, sold-out events will also be accessible with the passport.
A dream come true for destination festival fanatics, and wanderlust-driven individuals, Live Nation is offering this pass for $799 (not including transportation, accommodation, or airfare). To combat scalpers from acquiring the passes, Live Nation ensures that these all sales will be non-transferable, and must be used by the person who purchased it.
Making this opportunity run as seamless as possible, all the ticket-holder has to do is show up to the event with their Festival Passport, and go to will call with their valid ID to obtain their event wristband. Passports are available for purchase here.
Festival Passport holders have access to the following events:
Austin City Limits Music Festival – U.S. – Austin, TX
Barcelona Beach Festival – Spain – Barcelona
Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival – U.S. – NY
Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival – U.S. – Manchester, TN
Camp Bisco – U.S. – Scranton, PA
CBC Music Festival – Canada – Toronto
Center of Gravity Festival – Canada – Kelowna
Chasing Summer Music Festival – Canada – Calgary
Chicago Open Air – U.S. – Chicago, IL
Citadel Festival – England – London
Community Festival – England – London
Contact Winter Music Festival – Canada – Vancouver
Copenhell – Denmark – Copenhagen
Countdown NYE – U.S. – San Bernardino, CA
Country LakeShake – U.S. – Chicago, IL
Creamfields – England – Daresbury
Creamfields Steel Yard – England – London
Crystal Coast Music Festival – U.S. – Atlantic Beach, NC
DCODE Festival – Spain – Madrid
Down the Rabbit Hole – Holland – Ewijk
Download Festival – England – Leicestershire
Download Festival Paris – France – Paris
Download Festival Spain – Spain – Madrid
Dreams Music Festival – Canada – Toronto
Dreamstate San Francisco – U.S. – San Francisco, CA
Electric Daisy Carnival – U.S. – Las Vegas, NV
Electric Daisy Carnival – U.S. – Orlando, FL
Electric Forest Festival – U.S. – Rothbury, MI
Electric Picnic Music and Arts Festival – Ireland – Stradbally
Escape Halloween – U.S. – San Bernardino, CA
Faster Horses Country Music Festival – U.S. – Brooklyn, MI
Field Trip Music & Arts Festival – Canada – Toronto
Findings Festival – Norway – Oslo
Firenze Rocks Festival – Italy – Florence
Forecastle Festival – U.S. – Louisville, KY
Free Press Summer Festival – U.S. – Houston, TX
FVDED in the Park – Canada – Surrey
Glasgow Summer Sessions – Scotland – Glasgow
Governors Ball Music Festival – U.S. – New York, NY
Graspop Metal Meeting – Belgium – Dessel
HARD Summer Music Festival – U.S. – Los Angeles, CA
Heartland Festival – Denmark – Kværndrup
I Love Techno Europe – France – Montpellier
Independent Days Festival – Italy – Milan
Jamboree in the Hills – U.S. – Morristown, OH
Latitude Festival – England – Suffolk
Leeds Festival – England – Leeds
Lollapalooza Berlin – Germany – Berlin
Lollapalooza Chicago – U.S. – Chicago, IL
Lollapalooza Paris – France – Paris
Lovebox Festival – England – London
Lowlands Festival – Holland – Biddinghuizen
Main Square Festival – France – Arras
Music Midtown – U.S. – Atlanta, GA
Nocturnal Wonderland – U.S. – San Bernardino, CA
North Sea Jazz Festival – Holland – Rotterdam
Ohana Festival – U.S. – Dana Point, CA
One Love Music Festival – Canada – Calgary
Paradiso Festival – U.S. – George, WA
Parklife – England – Manchester
Popaganda Music Festival – Sweden – Stockholm
Reading Festival – England – Reading
Rock am Ring – Germany – Nürburgring
Rock im Park – Germany – Nürnberg
Rock im Pott – Germany – Gelsenkirchen
Rock Werchter – Belgium – Werchter
Roots Picnic – U.S. – Philadelphia, PA
Route 91 Harvest – U.S. – Las Vegas, NV
Sasquatch! Music Festival – U.S. – George, WA
Sloss Music & Arts Festival – U.S. – Birmingham, AL
Summerburst Göteborg – Sweden – Gothenburg
Summerburst Stockholm – Sweden – Stockholm
The Falls Music & Arts Festival – Australia – Lorne, Marion Bay, Byron Bay and Fremantle
The Isle of Wight Festival – England – Newport
The Meadows Music & Arts Festival – U.S. – Queens, NY
The Peach Music Festival – U.S. – Scranton, PA
The Warehouse Project – England – Manchester
Trackside Music Festival – Canada – Ontario
TRNSMT Festival – Scotland – Glasgow
TW Classic – Belgium – Werchter
V Festival – England – Chelmsford & Staffordshire
Voodoo Music + Arts Festival – U.S. – New Orleans, LA
Insomniac has just released Phase 1 of its inaugural ElectricDaisyCarnival festival in Tokyo Bay, Japan. Set to take place on Makuhari Beach and the Zozo Marine Stadium, the premiere event will bring fans four of the series’ iconic stages to host some of the most notable acts in dance music.
The Phase 1 reveal has unlocked 24 of the festival’s most prestigious DJs, including both main stage headliners and up and comers. Afrojack, ArminvanBuuren, Carnage, Kaskade, Axwell ΛIngrosso, KnifeParty, MartinGarrix, Marshmello and Zedd will likely be leading the festivities, while artists like Cut Snake, Louis The Child, Jauz, Nicole Moudaber, Seven Lions and more will be featured on some of the specialized stages.
Check below for the complete Phase 1 roster, and look lower down for Insomniac’s specially curated EDC Japan playlist.
Earlier this year, festival enthusiast and civil rights advocate Jonathan Corbettfiled a lawsuit against Insomniac and the owner of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for their muddy policy regarding prescription medication. You can read up on his full reasoning behind the suit here, but it does include sound logic to support his claims.
Now, nearly eight months later, Insomniac’s legal team at Sheppard Mullin has responded with the following statement.
“In responses to Defendants’ discovery, Plaintiff has refused to disclose a medical condition impacted by these 2016 policies. Moreover, as Plaintiff has refused to disclose whether or not Plaintiff uses, or intends to use, illegal drugs, it is reasonable to assume that this is merely an attempt to have a federal court strike a reasonable safety policy designed to protect against deaths from illegal drugs. It is hard to envision a clearer abuse of the ADA statute and the jurisdiction of this Court.”
I can speak from personal experience that Insomniac’s ADA policies, especially for Electric Daisy Carnival, are quite accommodating, and their on-site ADA partner, Accessible Festivals, is easily one of the more incredible teams that services festivals throughout all of North America. With this in mind, prescription medications are indeed a touchy subject when it comes to an entire genre that’s been written off as a haven for drugs in the eyes of mainstream media. Still, it’s unfortunate to hear Insomniac’s legal representation threatening to sanction Corbett if he refuses to dismiss his lawsuit.
If you were planning on organizing your own independent shuttle to EDC Las Vegas this year, think again.
Traffic in and out of the festival has always been a problem but last year’s bottleneck ended in tragedy. As such, Insomniac is changing its policy for 2017 .
IMPORTANT EDC LAS VEGAS ANNOUNCEMENT: To improve traffic flow to and from the festival, unofficial EDC shuttles will NOT be permitted access to Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Official EDC shuttles are the only shuttles that have access to dedicated and exclusive routes to ensure you will be dropped off at the festival entrance. Shuttle passes go on sale November 28, and can be purchased with your festival pass or through our preferred hotel booking site. Anything available before that date or anywhere else is not an official EDC shuttle.
For anyone headed to the festival, avoid taking any shuttles that aren’t official — they are the only transportation options with access to dedicated and exclusive routes to the festival entrance.
EDC rests at the top of the EDM festival pantheon, largely in part to its flagship event that occurs in Las Vegas every June. While it’s been great watching the festival reach unthinkable heights year after year, EDC’s spin-off festivals deserve recognition for their exceptional growth as well. One in particular has really come into its own over its six-year run, with this year marking its brightest event yet.
EDC Orlando returned for its sixth event on November 4-5 at Tinker Field in Orlando, the city known for its amusement parts such as Disney and Universal, thriving music scene and what I like to call the three T’s: tourism, tolls and traffic. It’s only natural that Insomniac Events imbues EDC Orlando with as much as focus and flash as it does with its other massive events, but each year it always seems like EDC Orlando is a little sister to its bigger sibling in the west. This year, EDC Orlando excelled at moving past that position by recontexualizing EDC Vegas’ production, assembling a diverse lineup and adding small yet welcome touches that raised the festival from a fun weekend excursion to a full-on, multi-sensory experience.
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EDC prides itself on its production, but EDC Orlando’s production up to this point has always felt like a compartmentalized adaptation of what’s at EDC Vegas. The kineticFIELD is typically shrunk and shipped, with vanilla designs being used for circuitGROUNDS (the exception being in 2015 when Vegas’ megastructure was used) and neonGARDEN. This year, Insomniac tried a different approach: bring the exact same stages from EDC Vegas, with the exception of the kineticFIELD, which was a reimagined version of the Vegas stage this year.
The experiment paid off excellently. The kineticFIELD, while similar in appearance to the Vegas stage, towered massively over attendees, equipped with a variety of lights, pyrotechnics and even spouting water. Insomniac brought the new 360 circuitGROUNDS to the event as well, assorting tall pillars decked with LEDs around the stage. Finally, neonGARDEN received its much overdue upgrade. No more Buddha blocking a sole LED screen; EDC Orlando gifted attendees with the Vegas tent for the stage, creating a club-like atmosphere for its trance, tech house and techno acts. Every stage sounded great, although some noise bleed did occur when sitting at the fringe of one stage. Overall EDC Orlando’s 2016 production was a massive improvement, and we’re excited to see what’s next.
The Chainsmokers, Bassnectar, Jamie Jones, OH MY!
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Insomniac also does a great job in diversifying its lineups and representing all corners of the EDM spectrum. This year, EDC Orlando continued the trend of crafting a lineup complete with radio-friendly headliners, genre heavyweights and rising stars. On the kineticFIELD side, The Chainsmokers, Above & Beyond, Hardwell and Axwell held down headlining slots, with acts like a DJ set from Porter Robinson, W&W, Jauz and more rounding the days out. All of these artists fit the main stage vibe and their accompanying production meshed well with kineticFIELD’s own production kinks.
The bass-centric circuitGROUNDS once again brought favorites like Bassnectar, Alison Wonderland and others. As was the case with kineticFIELD, circuitGROUNDS’ production complemented the frantic, heavy music that played from the stage’s speakers throughout the weekend. Despite some sound issues during Bassnectar’s set, the proceedings went relatively smoothly. On day two, a heartwarming tribute set to the late BIG MAKK was held, a bittersweet appreciation for the Orlando-native bass producer.
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Finally, kineticFIELD once again split its lineups down the middle: trance on day one and house and techno on day two. Both lineups comprised some of the best artists in the game, with rare sets from Simon Patterson, Bryan Kearney and Ferry Corsten presenting his Gouryella alias on day one and tech favorites such as Jamie Jones, Nicole Moudaber and a great b2b from Mark Knight and Florida natives Chus & Cheballos on day two. All three stages did a great job at slotting similar yet distinct lineups, always a great perk of EDC.
Extras: Smirnoff House for the Win
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EDC Orlando is always a well-run and organized festival, and this year was no exception. Getting from stage to stage proved to be a pretty painless task, and water stations next to the kineticFIELD and circuitGROUNDS helped attendees stay hydrated. The removal of a water station next to neonGARDEN proved to be a big oversight, though, and we hope they bring it back for next year.
This year marked the debut of the Smirnoff House, a traveling stage that gives attendees a chance to catch intimate sets from performers. Only big enough to fit 150 or so people, this stage was EDC Orlando’s cherry on top of the proverbial cake. Everyone from NGHTMRE to Mark Knight played sets in the Smirnoff House, giving attendees the rare chance to catch some of their favorite acts twice during the weekend.
We’ll Be Back
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In its sixth year, EDC Orlando has running a successful festival down to a science. At this point the festival is mainly refining the aspects that work and fine-tuning the small problems along the way. This year sold out in advance, signalling a huge demand for its return. If EDC Orlando continues to bring top-class talent, production and service, we expect it to one day rival EDC Vegas. We’ll be back.
As one of the largest electronic music festivals in the world, the anticipation surrounding Insomniac‘s flagship event, Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), is always extremely high come November. It’s now time for headliners all over the world to pencil in the dates and begin planning for yet another magical weekend under the electric sky. EDC will officially return to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Friday, June 16 through Sunday, June 18, 2017.
Last year, Insomniac celebrated the 20th anniversary of the legendary event with completely new — not to mention breathtaking — stage designs for each of its six massive main stages, as well as a number of new smaller stages and features. Always a company to be driving their own innovation every year, the hundreds of thousands of attendees expected to be at the 2017 event will no doubt be treated to nothing short of the world’s best production.
Alongside the event, Insomniac has also confirmed the dates for EDC Week, the week-long series of music and music-related business conferences and talks. The events have yet to be announced, but as expected, every club will be hosting some of the world’s best DJs from Monday, June 12 to Monday, June 19.
Tickets for EDC Las vegas will be on sale beginning November 28, 2016 here.
EDC Las Vegas further cemented its status as one of the premiere music festivals in the world this year, and organizer Insomniac Events appears fully intent on cementing its status for years to come. After organizing an expanded EDC Orlando earlier this month, Insomniac has set its sights on EDC Vegas 2017 by announcing the official dates and on-sale ticket details.
EDC Vegas will return to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on June 16-18, 2017. Accompanying Insomniac Events’ flagship festival will be EDC Week, which will be held on June 12-19 across various Vegas nightclubs and hotels. Three-day Early Owl general admission, general admission and VIP passes will go on sale on November 28 at 12 PT for $335, $355 and $699 respectively plus taxes and fees. Payment plans will be offered during the sale, as well as shuttle passes for $90 plus taxes and fees and, for the very first time, premier shuttle passes for $199 plus taxes and fees for access to shuttle buses with designated service times and other amenities.
Insomniac Events, the organizer behind massive festivals like Electric Daisy Carnival and Nocturnal Wonderland, is taking new steps to show attendees that raving can be done responsibly. In the midst of a festival landscape that has seen rising hospitalizations, deaths, and arrests, Insomniac has announced a meaningful partnership with the Drug Policy Alliance, or DPA.
It’s been a decade since Insomniac has collaborated with an advocacy group and welcomed on-site drug education. Adding to its significance, the new partnership comes at a time when media has focused more and more on the dangers of electronic music festivals due to illegal substance abuse. In an official statement, Stefanie Jones of DPA’s Safer Partying campaign explained the partnership’s goal: “While Insomniac still has a zero tolerance drug policy and conducts entry searches, they at least acknowledge that more needs to be done to keep their attendees informed and safe.”
‘Project: #OpenTalk,’ the official name of the Insomniac-DPA collaboration, will make educational information on mind-altering substances, sex, and mental health available to festival-goers. Acknowledging the impossibility of eliminating any and all drug use at these events, the aim of providing on-site information is to inspire unbiased conversations amongst attendees that will hopefully decrease the number of drug-related hospitalizations and deaths.
Insomniac’s Halloween event, Escape: Psycho Circus, in San Bernardino, California will serve as the debut location for ‘Project: #OpenTalk.’