EDC To Return to Las Vegas in May 2021

Insomniac founder and CEO Pasquale Rotella has confirmed that EDC Las Vegas will move forward with its planned May 2021 dates.

Sharing a number of cryptic countdown videos that were tantamount to torture for EDC fans, Rotella eventually announced the news in a triumphant Instagram post.

“Electric Daisy Carnival is finally on the horizon. There were times during the pandemic when many of us lost hope,” Rotella wrote. “We were challenged to learn & listen to our hearts & trust that the storm would eventually pass, making way for a bright & sunny future for those in our community & around the world.”

“With the world being shutdown for over a year, I’m happy to announce we’re on our way to being able to celebrate in person,” he continued. “Book your flights, hotels & shuttles — EDC Las Vegas is on for May 21+22+23!”

The news arrives after a tumultuous 24 hours for the festival, which the promoter expects to attract 200,000 people over the course of its three days, May 21-23.

After Live Nation posted a slew of EDC Las Vegas-specific job listings including the phrase, “Travel required in May,” many fans believed they had the smoking gun they needed to start planning for spring. Those plans were then marred by the news that the Nevada Department of Business and Industry went on to reject Insomniac’s robust safety plan.

However, it now seems the company was able to submit a revised proposal and secure the approval of state officials. “We are moving forward as planned & will be working closely with local & state officials to make the show as safe as possible,” Rotella’s statement continued, also noting that fans “can expect the full EDC experience with no details spared.”

The scope of the festival’s COVID-19 plan is not yet publicly known, but Rotella’s post says that more details on safety protocols and the lineup “will be shared soon.”

Insomniac’s initial proposal noted that the 2021 edition of EDC Las Vegas “will not rely on social distancing as its method for health safety.” In lieu of social distancing, attendees and staff members would either have to be vaccinated or able to produce a negative COVID-19 test onsite.

The preliminary proposal also revealed that organizers are also considering the deployment of COVID-19 scent detection canines, pending the results of ongoing studies of their effectiveness. If deemed effective, Insomniac is planning to place the dogs at all of the entrances of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway to search attendees. However, it’s important to note that the revised proposal may look vastly different.

Festive Owl, who claims to have spoken with “verified sources,” reports that if the festival’s capacity is reduced to 50% to adhere to Nevada’s COVID-19 ordinance, EDC Las Vegas “will be split over two weekends.” However, we don’t currently have any info on the capacity limits or whether there will be an additional weekend.

EDC 2020 Cancelled

Electric Daisy Carnival, one of the world’s largest annual dance festivals, has abandoned plans to try and reschedule the 150,000-person-per-day festival held at the Las Vegas Speedway to October.

Originally scheduled for May 15-17, the festival created by Insomniac Founder Pasquale Rotella with a 2020 lineup featuring more than 200 artists, including Chainsmokers, DJ Snake, David Guetta and Major Lazer was first postponed in April and given a new October 2-4 date.

On Sunday (Aug. 2), Rotella announced on Instagram that the festival was being moved again, this time to May 21-23, effectively ending any prospects that the 2020 festival would return.
“The team & I have spent the last several months working to create a plan that would allow us to produce a safe event for you,” Rotella wrote. “We wanted to implement a free two-step testing program, one test at home before traveling to Las Vegas & another test at the venue when you arrived, in addition to many other enhanced safety protocols. Unfortunately, we just learned that the medical advances necessary to pull this off will not be ready in time, which is why I’m making this announcement today.”

The spread of the coronavirus and the devastating toll COVID-19 has taken on countries around the world has led to a complete shutdown of the live entertainment business, leading to billions in expected losses for companies such as Live Nation, which owns Insomniac. Most promoters now say the touring business won’t resume until the majority of the population has been vaccinated.

Read Rotella’s full announcement below:

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@EDC_LasVegas UPDATE: I know you’ve been waiting a long time & I want to THANK YOU for being so patient. Some have questioned why we haven’t postponed yet & I want to let you know what we’ve been up to. The team & I have spent the last several months working to create a plan that would allow us to produce a safe event for you. We wanted to implement a free two-step testing program, one test at home before traveling to Las Vegas & another test at the venue when you arrived, in addition to many other enhanced safety protocols. Unfortunately, we just learned that the medical advances necessary to pull this off will not be ready in time, which is why I’m making this announcement today. Regardless, I’m proud of our team for continuing to believe & work so hard throughout the process. This whole experience has truly been a wild ride. Here I am, a rave promoter, finding myself talking to biopharmaceutical companies about diagnostic tests for a novel virus while working with Nevada’s most prominent government officials. I’ve felt a lot of pressure wanting to come through for all of you & after taking time to exhaust every possible option, I can feel confident knowing this is the right decision. We are officially postponing EDC Las Vegas 2020 & will be returning May 21+22+23 of 2021 to celebrate 25 years of EDC. To everyone who chose to hang onto their ticket & stick with us during this time, THANK YOU! You’re the most amazing community I could ever hope to be a part of. It means the world to me. We would not be able to do any of this without your support. All 2020 passes, including Camp EDC & shuttles, will be honored for the new 2021 dates & will automatically transfer over. For those who would like a refund, go to Because some of you won’t be able to make the rescheduled dates, any tickets for EDC Las Vegas 2021 that become available will go back on sale Thursday, August 6 at 10am PT. Insomniac has been built on never giving up. We’re already working hard on next year’s show & we’ll be back with more energy than ever for our 25 Year Celebration. Until then— Peace, Love, Stay Positive & I’ll See You Under the Electric Sky!💜✨

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Best Las Vegas Music Festivals (EDM, Hip Hop, Rock) [VIDEO]

Home to the legendary Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas has no shortage of annual music festivals. Las Vegas might be famous for its casinos and nightclubs worldwide, but that is not the only thing Sin City has to offer. The Sin City is also known for for its different festivals and events that are held throughout the year. These are the best music festivals that take place every year in Las Vegas!

Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC Las Vegas)

Days: 3
Location: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
When: May
Music: Electronic – Techno, Trance, House, Progressive – all types

Electric Daisy Carnival, commonly known as EDC, is the largest electronic dance music festival in North America. The annual flagship event is now held in May, at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

EDC is an unique multi-day festival pushing the boundaries of imagination, and setting standards in the live entertainment industry. By incorporating carnival themes and attractions, cutting-edge stage production, world-class talent, and innovative art and technology, EDC is more than an electronic music festival – it is an unparalleled multi-sensory experience unlike any other. The brand has created a passionate community of accepting fans that have turned EDC into a way of life. The foundation upon which the phenomenon was built is one of unity, love, self expression, and respect for one another. Over 400,000 visitors show up annually to the Las Vegas festival over 3 days.

EDC Las Vegas is the largest dance music festival in North America and currently takes place in Mexico, Florida, and Japan as well.

iHeartRadio Festival

Days: 2
Location: T-Mobile Arena
When: Mid September
Music: Country, Hip Hop, Electronic, Rock/Alternative – All Genres

The iHeartRadio Music Festival is a two-day music concert festival held every year in September since 2011 by iHeartRadio along the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.

iHeartRadio Music Festival 2020 is the multi-genre music festival in the USA. Its recent lineups have included Panic!At The Disco, Mariah Carey, Imagine Dragons and many more.

Anyone thinking about attending is guaranteed to see some big-name musicians, more than 30 best famous artists, so do not miss these unforgettable nights with music, dance, chill out with friends and much more!

Life is Beautiful

Days: 3
Location: Downtown Las Vegas
When: Mid September
Music: Rock, Hip Hop, Electronic – All Genres

Taking place in the year-long adult party capital of the United States, Life Is Beautiful returns to Downtown Las Vegas each year. With acclaimed artists taking residency in various resorts and playing home to one of the biggest festivals in the world, the city has become a mecca for traveling music fans. Life Is Beautiful emerged in 2012 as a festival of electronic mashups and has continued to hold its own in the crowded Vegas market space.

Intersect Las Vegas

Days: 2
Location: Las Vegas Strip
When: December
Music: Rock, Hip Hop, Electronic – All Genres

At the place where music, technology, and art converge, you’ll find Intersect, a new kind of festival coming to Las Vegas. Presented by AWS, the most broadly adopted cloud platform, and produced by Production Club, the team behind some of music’s most state-of-the-art live experiences, Intersect was born out of the massive after party for AWS’s annual re:Invent conference, held in Vegas since 2012, with over 25,000 guests last year alone. Now open to the public for the first time ever, the festival offers an inspiring two-day journey to culture and tech’s leading edge.

Las Rageous

Days: 2
Location: Downtown Las Vegas
When: October
Music: Rock & Metal

Sin City’s premiere rock and metal festival, Las Rageous brings the noise to downtown Las Vegas. Taking place at an intimate outdoor venue, this event only sells 10,000 tickets, which means you get to see your favorite metal acts up close and personal in one of world’s most entertaining cities.

Psycho Las Vegas

Days: 3
Location: Mandalay Bay
When: August
Music: Heavy Metal & Rock

Growing larger in production, budget and size each year, Psycho Las Vegas proves it’s position as a premier festival for heavy metal and rock fans. Already benefiting from its location in Sin City, Psycho Las Vegas features an expansive lineup for every sort of headbanging metal fan. Although the festival is rooted in its heavy metal and rock core, the lineup scope continues to see more diversity each year.

Exodus Las Vegas

Days: 5
Location: Las Vegas Clubs & Pool Parties
When: May through Sept
Music: Electronic

Exodus Festival is an electronic music “festival” in Las Vegas. It’s not quite a traditional festival – instead of being centralized in one location, the festival is spread out throughout the city’s casinos and clubs. Buying a ticket gives you access to a bunch of different clubs and shows.

Started in 2010, Exodus Festival has been putting on all out parties throughout Sin City. Heading into season 11 this year, the festival is hosting four long weekends of partying.

Kicking things off for Memorial Day and having their final blow out over Labor Day, Exodus features big house EDM beats at pool parties and club nights, gathering music lovers in the party capital of the world.

Day N Vegas Festival

Days: 3
Location: Las Vegas Festival Grounds
When: November
Music: Hip Hop

Day N Vegas is a hip hop music festival in Los Vegas, Nevada. Even as hip hop culture has taken over the world, festivals have been a little slow catching up. But that’s obviously changing.

Breaking onto the scene with a bang in its inaugural edition in 2019, Day N Vegas curated a deep lineup which was basically a who’s who list of hip hop’s new school.

There’s only one place appropriate for such a massive party and that’s the City of Lights. Understanding this, the festival is set to take over the Las Vegas Festival Grounds for the first three days of November.

Las Vegas Music Festival FAQ

What are the best EDM festivals in Las Vegas?

EDC is the only all electronic dance music festival in Vegas. There are others with many EDM headliners (Intersect, Life is Beautiful, iHeartRadio, etc) but if you’re looking for straight EDM, Electric Daisy Carnival is your best bet.

How far is EDC from the Las Vegas strip?

EDC takes place at the Las Vegas motorway, which is about 30 minutes away from the strip without traffic. Keep in mind that over 100k people head to EDC, so if you are travelling during peak hours, it can take anywhere from 1 hour to 3 hours depending on traffic.

Does EDC have VIP bottle service?

Electric Daisy Carnival does feature a VIP area in the main stage and one of the secondary stages. When you purchase a bottle service package, it’s only good for one night and comes with a number of admissions (only for that one night).

Which Vegas nightclubs play Electronic Dance Music (EDM)?

Here are the top 5 Las Vegas EDM Clubs that play Electronic Dance Music.

Best Kaskade LiveSets Online

Kaskade has headlined countless festivals around the world, including EDC Las Vegas, Tomorrowland, Ultra Miami, Electric Zoo, CRSSD, EDC Orlando, and more. He’s also played hundreds of sets at nightclubs, concert venues, and dayclubs / pool parties, including a past residency at Marquee Dayclub / Nightclub and Kaos Dayclub in Las Vegas.

Here are the best full videos of Kaskade’s festival live sets available online! Check the Discotech app for upcoming Kaskade shows.


Kaskade Live at Ultra Miami 2016

Kaskade Full Liveset Electric Zoo 2019

Kaskade Full Set Ultra Miami 2018

Kaskade at Ultra Miami 2014 Full Live Set

Kaskade EDC Las Vegas 2014 Full Set

Kaskade Ultra Music Festival 2013 Full Liveset

Kaskade Redux at CRSSD 2019 Full Set

Kaskade DJ Set at ReConnect | Beatport Live

Kaskade Summer Lovin’ at Marquee Dayclub

Best Tiësto LiveSets Online

Known as the godfather of electronic music, Tiësto has headlined all the major festivals – EDC Las Vegas, Ultra Miami, Coachella, Tomorrowland, TomorrowWorld, Sensation… you name it, he’s played there. He’s also played hundreds of sets at nightclubs, concert venues, and dayclubs / pool parties, including an ongoing residency at Wet Republic and Hakkasan Las Vegas. Tiesto also hosts an ongoing radio show called ClubLife.

Here are the best full videos of Tiesto’s festival live sets available online! Check the Discotech app for upcoming Tiesto shows.

#Tiesto #clublife #AFTR:HRS

TIESTO liveset at Tomorrowland 2019

Tiesto LIVE at Ultra Music Festival Miami 2017

Tiesto Live @ Ultra Miami 2014

Tiesto Live at Tomorrowland 2018

TiESTO Copenhagen Elements Of Life World Tour (2008)

Tiësto – Live @ Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas 2019

Tiesto Liveset at Ultra Miami 2018

Tiesto Liveset at Tomorrowland Belgium 2018

Tiesto Live at Stereosonic 2012

Tiesto and Hardwell Back2back Live at Tomorrowland 2014

Tiesto Liveset at Tomorrowland 2017

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Best Armin van Buuren LiveSets Online

Known as the godfather of Trance, Armin van Buuren has headlined countless festivals around the world, including EDC Las Vegas, Ultra Miami, Tomorrowland, TomorrowWorld, AMF, Ultra Korea, and more. He’s also played hundreds of sets at nightclubs, concert venues, and dayclubs / pool parties, including a residency at several Ibiza clubs like Space Ibiza, Hi Ibiza, as well as Omnia Las Vegas. Armin regularly headlines the Trance stage at these festivals, and has a trance radio show (A State of Trance) that nearly at 1000 episodes.

Here are the best full videos of Armin van Buuren’s festival live sets available online! Check the Discotech app for upcoming Armin Van Buuren shows.

#ASOT #astateoftrance

Armin van Buuren live set at Tomorrowland 2019

Armin van Buuren live set at EDC Mexico 2020

Armin van Buuren 6 Hour Set at Hi Ibiza

Armin van Buuren live at Ultra Miami 2019

Armin van Buuren live at A State Of Trance 900

Armin van Buuren – Mainstage | Tomorrowland Winter 2019

Armin van Buuren live at Tomorrowland 2017

Armin van Buuren live at Creamfields 2017

Armin Only: Intense (The Final Show) [Live at Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam]

Armin van Buuren live at FSOE 500 (The Great Pyramids Of Giza, Egypt)

Armin van Buuren live at EDC Las Vegas 2019

What Items Can I Bring to EDC Las Vegas?

EDC has a long list of prohibited items, as well as a long list of allowed items. Before filling your party pack, make sure the item you’re bringing is allowed, or else you may have to toss it when going in! Please note that your mileage may vary depending on who’s checking your bag. You don’t want to get stopped at the gate especially if you’ve got VIP bottle service. You may occasionally be able to slip some items through depending on how thorough the search is. But we wouldn’t recommend bringing anything on the prohibited items list unless you’re willing to throw it away.

Acceptable Items to Bring to EDC Las Vegas

  • Cell phones and portable chargers/external batteries
  • Non-professional flash/still cameras, handheld video devices under 6″ (Sony Action Cam, GoPro, etc.)
  • Selfie sticks
  • Small bags, single-compartment backpacks, plush backpacks, purses (maximum 12“x12“)
  • Official Insomniac water bottles—must be empty upon entry
  • Hydration packs with no more than two main compartments and one smaller compartment—must be empty upon entry
  • Fanny packs
  • Sunglasses & hats
  • Rain ponchos and umbrellas measuring less than 10″ when collapsed
  • Personal misting fan with a bottle no larger than 1.5L (must be empty upon arrival)
  • Lighters and sealed packs of cigarettes
  • E-cigs/vapes (refillable liquid chambers OK, must be empty upon arrival—no E-liquid or E-juice of any kind will be permitted)
  • Earplugs
  • Sealed lip balm & gloss
  • Sealed sunscreen lotion (inspected upon entry)
  • Powder makeup
  • Sealed tampons
  • Sealed wet wipes
  • Sealed packs of gum
  • Hula hoops (including LED hoops)
  • Glowsticks & glowing/illuminated costumes or jewelry
  • LED poi & orbitals
  • Inflatables (must be deflated upon entry)
  • Flags/banners or handmade signs (no corporate/company-branded and no hard flagpoles)
  • Festival totems or decorated pool noodles (see EDC Totem Guidelines)

Prohibited Items at EDC Las Vegas

  • Professional photo, video, or audio recording equipment (no detachable lenses, tripods, big zooms or commercial-use rigs)
  • Laser pointers and air horns
  • Drones, remote-controlled aircraft, toys
  • Toy guns, water guns, slingshots
  • Balls or Frisbees
  • Tents, large umbrellas, chairs or blankets
  • Weapons of any kind (includes pocket knives, pepper spray, fireworks, etc.)
  • Illegal substances
  • Drugs or drug paraphernalia
  • Over-the-counter medication (available inside festival at general store or from a first aid station)
  • Massagers
  • LED gloves or LED microlights used for light shows
  • Pacifiers
  • Gas masks
  • Eye drops (available inside festival at the general store)
  • Aerosol products/cans
  • Liquid makeup
  • Unsealed tampons (upon entry)
  • Open packs of cigarettes (upon entry)
  • E-liquid or E-juice of any kind (a selection of premium liquids from a variety of name-brand vendors will be available inside the venue)
  • Glass, cans, cups or coolers
  • Outside food or beverages (including alcohol and candy)
  • Markers, pens or spray paint
  • Large chains or spiked jewelry
  • Stickers, flyers
  • Bota bags
  • Large purses, bags or backpacks (over 12″×12″)
  • Stuffed animals or dolls
  • Pets

For guests who prefer Hip Hop to EDM, check out the best Hip Hop clubs in Las Vegas.

Fisher to Headline Camp EDC

EDC Las Vegas 2019 is heading our way but first, it’s time to announce who will be kicking off the Camp EDC party. Grammy-nominated producer, Fisher, along with LatmunLittle FritterMason Maynard, and Melé will hit the decks during this campers-only festivity. Taking place on Thursday, May 16 at 8 pm, groove to Fisher’s Catch & Release party. At Camp EDC, you will experience new activities and improved amenities to the grounds.

For the 2nd year in EDCLV history, attendees can enjoy their home away from home at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Camp EDC returns for a convenient four-night stay directly next to your largest West Coast dance music festival. Enjoy this extended kickoff party after hours, performed exclusively for camping Headliners.

What’s the camping experience about?

This is the ultimate, immersive camping experience, guys. Now with a revised entrance plan, additional staff and entrance lanes make for a quick and easy arrival into Camp. Extended check-in times, a stronger power grid, and more bathrooms/showers add to the improved site layout. No more getting lost or confused!

Inside the Mesa (the bustling hub of entertainment and amenities) lie dynamic new structures plus a new lineup of activities for campers to enjoy all weekend long.   Insomniac is bringing back the Oasis Pool so drink, listen to special guest DJ sets, and feel the tropical vibes all day long. More information on the official Camp EDC pool-party lineups TBA.

Moon Glow, Desert Rose Premier, or RV? You decide. All tent camping options come fully closed, lockable, and dust-controlled. Nestle in your ShiftPod2 structure with comfortable artificial grass flooring, air conditioning, and interior lighting. 4-port USB strips come included for your charging needs. Interested yet? Packages for Camp EDC are available for purchase here.

Don’t forget that all campers are required to have an EDC LV pass in addition to their camping pass. Get your ticket here now and we’ll see you all under the Electric Sky!

Can I Bring Totems to EDC Las Vegas?

Totems are allowed at EDC Las Vegas. Guidelines / rules for festival totems below:

  • Maximum height is 10 feet.
  • Totems must be made from a lightweight material (e.g., foam, PVC / no solid metal).
  • Collapsible/telescoping camera extenders that follow the above guidelines are OK (lightweight/hollow aluminum/polycarbonate).
  • PVC, light wood or aluminum poles must be no thicker than 1 inch in diameter.
  • Decorated pool noodles work great for easy entrance through security.
  • Inflatables attached to totems must be deflated upon entry.
  • Any item deemed dangerous will not be allowed.
  • Totems promoting illegal activity or hate speech will not be permitted. Please keep it PLUR.

What Types of ID are Accepted at EDC Las Vegas?

You must be 18+ to enter and 21+ for alcohol/VIP. Photo ID required.


  • Any US government-issued driver’s license or ID card containing a photograph and date of birth
  • US or foreign government-issued passport containing a photograph and date of birth
  • Foreign government-issued driver’s license/ID with color photocopy of passport (Not valid for 21+ wristband. To purchase alcohol or enter VIP areas, a physical passport or US ID will be required.)
  • Temporary DMV documents proving you are currently renewing a license—ONLY if accompanied by passport or expired license


  • NO School ID
  • NO Consular ID
  • NO Birth certificate
  • NO Expired ID of any kind
  • NO Photocopy of any ID (except as noted)
  • NO Temporary DMV license without passport or expired license

What if my ID is lost or expired?

Security will accept expired ID cards ONLY if accompanied by DMV renewal documentation. If your ID was lost or stolen, you must bring a government-issued interim license or passport.

Can I use a consular ID or foreign driver’s license?

Consular IDs are not considered acceptable identification. Foreign government-issued driver’s licenses are acceptable with a photocopy of a passport. A foreign government-issued passport will work on its own.