In a statement issued late Tuesday, Insomniac Events, the L.A.-based organizer of the three-day Electric Daisy Carnival rave in Las Vegas, said it was a rousing success.
This after EDC moved to Vegas following controversy for its L.A. edition at the Coliseum one year ago. While the two events' arrest numbers (60 vs. 60) and medical emergencies (226 at the Coliseum vs. more than 330 in Vegas -- officials have yet to release Sunday's medical figures) were similar, no one died, as was the case for EDC in L.A. last year and in Dallas earlier this month.
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Here's what Insomniac Events communications director Erika L. Raney said:
Insomniac is beyond thrilled with the success of our 15th Annual Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas this past weekend. We are grateful for the support we have received from local law enforcement, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and especially our fans, both in Las Vegas and throughout the world. We are proud to be able to provide a safe, secure and fun event for all of our attendees, performers, artists and staff. Attendance, including ticket holders, special guests and VIPs, reached an estimated 230,000 for the 3-day festival, and we are already planning for next year.
[LA Weekly's estimates from police and promoters put the attendance figure -- including 72,000 Friday, 80,000 Saturday, and 63,000 Sunday -- closer to 215,000].
A very special thank you to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Clark County Fire Department, and Dr. Dale Carrison and the teams from Medic West, American Medical Response and UMC.
A full economic impact report detailing EDC's positive effect on the Las Vegas community, including jobs and tourism spending, will be available later this summer, as well as some fun statistics from the weekend.
Insomniac is already working on our next events, including the debut of our new Halloween festival, Escape from Wonderland, which will be held on October 29, 2011, at the National Orange Show Events Center, San Bernardino, CA.
Insomniac Events CEO Pasquale Rotella has said he wants EDC to return to its native Los Angeles.