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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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

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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.

Your VIP Guide to EDC Las Vegas 2018

The Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) energizes the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend with a grand explosion of thumping beats, glowing colors, good vibes and eclectic fashion choices.

In an effort to avoid the extreme summer heat of Vegas, this year’s festival is a few weeks earlier than in the past. That doesn’t mean there won’t still be plenty of heat in nightclubs all over the city and on the festival grounds May 18-20. There will also be crowds (lots of them) and traffic (lots of it).

If you love electronic music, but dread the idea of getting to EDC, gathering in congested groups or going into porta potties, there are some ways to turn your EDC experience from hot and sticky to haute and swanky.

Flying cars and personal jetpacks have yet to hit the Vegas transportation market, but you can still arrive at EDC via the Las Vegas sky.

Your 15-minute luxury helicopter ride takes off from Maverick Helicopters‘ runway on the Las Vegas Strip and whisks you to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in style, offering breathtaking views of the city from start to finish. Be sure to wave at all the drivers headed to EDC in the traffic on the freeways below. Maybe you can save them a spot near the stage for Afrojack.

Round-trip rides for groups of up to seven people cost $5,500 (plus fees and taxes). Single seats for round-trip passage are $850 (plus fees and taxes).

VIP tickets to EDC are $699 for three days, but it’s an investment with many payoffs, including: raised viewing decks; Dedicated dance areas; lounge space with dance space, food, games, and more; an EDC VIP info booth; VIP Ferris wheel and dedicated VIP fast-pass lanes for various carnival rides located in the general admission area.

VIP festivalgoers also enjoy a body paint and beauty bar, oxygen bar, Kandi bracelet making station, VIP ball pit, cell phone charging stations, dedicated gourmet food trucks, a complimentary breakfast and air-conditioned bathrooms.

For those who long to be treated like a king or queen among mere festivalgoers and VIPs, we suggest booking a table at the Marquee SkyDeck. Expanded this year to nearly double its size, it boasts amazing views of the kineticFIELD, sparkly bottle service presentations, and access to every VIP area in the festival.

Sponsored by TAO Group, your SkyDeck experience begins upon your arrival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a dedicated check-in tent for quick entry to the festival. You’ll then be transported to your SkyDeck table via a private golf cart, where you’ll indulge in top-of-the-line champagne, tequila and vodka brands as well as electrifying bottle presentations with sparklers.

Oh, and have we mentioned the private air-conditioned restrooms?

Additional bottle service packages with easy check-in, access to VIP areas and private restrooms are also available on premier viewing decks at neonGARDEN, circuitGROUNDS and quantumVALLEY.

Book table service at EDC or other clubs in Las Vegas on the Discotech App. You can also sup for free guestlists during EDC week and buy tickets!

The Marquee SkyDeck Bottle Service returns to EDC Vegas 2018

“Go big or go home” is the mantra that many take when attending major festivals like EDC Las Vegas, and if you’re a Headliner looking to celebrate in style then Insomniac definitely has you covered. Partnering up with the TAO Group to bring the Marquee SkyDeck experience to EDC Las Vegas once again, this extravagant Las Vegas experience is one that you should consider if you can afford it.

If you’re already suffering from serious FOMO and want to grab tickets to EDM’s biggest stage before it’s too late, we’ve got you covered:

Marquee SkyDeck EDC Las Vegas

Hosted at the kineticFIELD, this year’s edition of Marquee SkyDeck is set to double its size and offer plenty of amenities for those who spend the extra dough. Private tables with expansive views of the main stage, access to all VIP areas of the festival, private transportation from check-in directly to your table, and air-conditioned restrooms are just some of the perks included.

When you’re talking bottle service you definitely need to know what’s on the menu as well. A variety of top-of-the-line champagne, tequila, and vodka brands will be available for purchase so you can celebrate in style. Watch the teaser video below for a taste of what’s in store and read on for the pricing of each tier!

Check out the Marquee SkyDeck Experience on Facebook:

EDC Las Vegas 2017 Set Times Announced

Set times were just released for EDC 2017! You can find set times on the EDC 2017 mobile app, available on iTunes or the Google Play store.

You can see which DJs are playing at the dayclubs and nightclubs during EDC Week on the Discotech webapp. Also available on Android and iTunes!

Sign up for free guestlist, buy tickets, and book tables for clubs and pool parties during EDC week.

Here’s the festival map for EDC 2017 Las Vegas:

Original spreadsheet available here.