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Electric Daisy Carnival Rave Expands to Three Days Under Las Vegas Sun in June

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Mon, Apr 11, 2011 at 8:07 AM
click to enlarge EDC ravers. - CAESAR SEBASTIAN
  • Caesar Sebastian
  • EDC ravers.

We told you back in February that it looked like the controversial, two-day Electric Daisy Carnival rave might be expanding to three days in L.A.

Well, after moving to Las Vegas for its annual June party, EDC is indeed expanding to three days, organizers announced over the weekend.

The DJ-driven event happens June 24 (Friday) through 26 (Sunday) at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

When we first reported that Exposition Park's calendar had the event down for three days, a promoter's representative denied the party was expanding.

click to enlarge A dancer at EDC. - CAESAR SEBASTIAN
  • Caesar Sebastian
  • A dancer at EDC.

At the time the EDC was trying to ensure approval for its June event at the L.A. Coliseum following problems with the 2010 party, including more than 200 medical emergencies, 60 arrests and the subsequent death of a 15-year-old girl who had taken ecstasy.

While approval of the Coliseum Commission, the public body that runs the venue, seemed assured, the plan to return to Exposition Park fell apart after the Los Angeles Times reported that the Coliseum's events manager was also double dipping as an employee for the promoter, Insomniac Events.

That prompted the venue's general manager to resign, and it appeared to inspire commission president David Israel to declare that he wouldn't support EDC for 2011.

The party drew 160,000 people over two days and claims to have boosted the local economy by millions of dollars.

Vegas officials seem to be welcoming the ravers.

Only one area leader, Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak, seemed to express any concern. He told the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

There's a lot of things that have to be talked about. You don't want to jeopardize the reputation and good will that's established in Clark County for one event. If something comes here, you want them to come being safe.

Meanwhile, DJ Kaskade, one of the party's biggest draw over the last two years, says he won't be back for 2011.

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