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Insomniac Events' Pasquale Rotella Says EDC Las Vegas Remains Scheduled For May, Announces Florida Show

Fans react to Showtek performance during the 21st annual Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on June 18, 2017 in Las Vegas.
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Fans react to Showtek performance during the 21st annual Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on June 18, 2017 in Las Vegas.

Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, the largest dance music festival in the United States, remains on the calendar for May.

Via Instagram, Insomniac Events Founder and CEO Pasquale Rotella said that there have not yet been any changes to the company's spring festival calendar. EDC Las Vegas festival, Insomniac's flagship festival -- which drew roughly 450,000 attendees in 2019 -- remains scheduled for May 21-23, 2021. A pair of Beyond Wonderland festivals in Washington state and Southern California are still scheduled for June 18-19 and June 25-26, respectively.

"I know a lot of you are looking for an EDCLV update, so yes, we’re continuing to plan EDC Las Vegas & Beyond Wonderland for their scheduled dates," Rotella wrote Sunday (Feb. 21) in a comment on his own Instagram post. "There continues to be new developments & we’re in constant communication with local officials. If things change, however, we have backup dates in place & I’ll let you know soon."

In his post, Rotella was promoting an upcoming April 10 outdoor event in Orlando called Abduction 2021, which says it will include required masks and temperature checks. A lineup has not yet been announced.

With the state embracing relaxed rules around group gatherings, Florida recently hosted myriad live music events including a pair of Super Bowl adjacent sets by Steve Aoki and Diplo. Both of these sets violated capacity and restrictions on dance events put in place by Florida officials, which some promoters complain have been loosely enforced, and drew criticism from the dance music community and beyond.

Insomniac Events was forced to cancel their slate of 2020 events and furlough 50 percent of its staff amidst the pandemic. Rotella's announcement follows the 2021 cancellations of major spring and summer music festivals including Coachella, Ultra Music Festival and Glastonbury, as COVID-19 continues to prohibit both small and large-scale gatherings.