Update: A post on the Electric Daisy Carnival website informing ticket holders and others that TOnight's (June 10) show will go on as scheduled despite high winds last night forcing the fest to close early.
At about 12:40 a.m. on Sunday morning, the lights came up at Electric Daisy Carnival - but a bit too brightly. In the face of high wind gusts, the fire marshal ordered the three-day festival temporarily closed, and its estimated 115,000 attendees to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway's elevated grandstands for their safety. But the winds continued, and the festival never reopened, prompting a mass exodus to the nightclubs of the Las Vegas Strip.
Less than a year ago, the stage at the Indiana State Fair collapsed due to winds of up to 70 MPH, killing seven and injuring 43. It was unclear just how strong the winds were on Sunday morning, but they whipped across the Speedway's open plane with ferocity, paralyzing attendees where they stood, while causing EDC's six large stage structures and several carnival rides to noticeably move.
The shutdown meant that headliners Avicii, Armin van Buuren and Tiesto never took the stage.
"Mother nature struck @EDC_LasVegas tonight," tweeted Tiesto later that morning. "We love to party but safety first...I hope y'all still have a great wknd!!"
"Insomniac is doing this for everyone's safety," tweeted van Buuren. "We don't want anyone to get hurt from possible falling objects." The trance DJ took to the Sirius XM studio behind the Circuit Grounds stage, and live-streamed a back-to-back set with DJ Markus Schulz on his own State of Trance website.
Other DJs and a good number of revelers made their way to the Strip to continue the party, hitting Marquee at the Cosmopolitan for Kaskade, and XS at Wynn for Steve Angello, who played a rare 6-hour set that was still going well after sunrise.