Strike a Pose: David Guetta one of this summer's Electric Daisy Carnival headliners. (Photo: Getty)
The Electric Daisy Carnival will return to Las Vegas this summer with all the heavy hitters of the EDM world, as David Guetta, Tiesto, Avicii, Benny Benassi and Afrojack are among the first artists confirmed for the annual dance fest. The 2012 incarnation of Electric Daisy Carnival runs from June 8-10 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Other announced performers include Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, Kaskade, Above & Beyond, Flux Pavilion and Knife Party. Artists like Tiesto, Avicii and Afrojack are returning to the Electric Daisy Carnival after performing at last year's EDC, which was its first year in Las Vegas after maintaining a Southern California residency for over a decade.
"I'll have over 500 theatrical performers," promoter Pasquale Rotella told MTV News, "over 30 carnival rides, hundreds of EDM acts, large-scale art installations, tons of special effects, massive enough fireworks to rival the Olympics ... plus much, much, more."
The 2012 Electric Daisy Carnival will reportedly house 300,000 dance fans, up 60,000 from last year's fest. More artist announcements are forthcoming, and 3-day general admission passes are now on sale for $275.
Rotella was recently named in 29-count, grand jury indictment released by Los Angeles County prosecutors that alleged bribery, embezzlement, conspiracy and conflict of interest that allegedly transpired between Rotella and five others when he promoted shows at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. If found guilty, Rotella could face up to 13 years and eight months in jail.
Rotella's lawyer Gary Jay Kaufman said his client is a legitimate businessman who "built a company from a garage into selling out football stadiums." He and other defense lawyers said their clients are innocent of any wrongdoing.