Electric Daisy Carnival Puerto Rico and Beyond Wonderland in the Bay Area will not be returning this year for the 2016 festival circuit.
Insomniac Events — the production team behind the two festivals — founder Pasquale Rotella revealed the news to fans yesterday (March 30) in a message posted on the company’s website. Rotella disclosed that the decision is not due to attendance, emphasizing they were always a “packed house,” and that the change comes from a shift in focus in festivals.
“Right now, we’ve decided to focus on exploring new cities and enhancing the experience at some of our other festivals,” said Rotella in the post.
A new goal for Insomniac will be bringing back “the true art of DJing” and that fans should expect to see longer set times at festivals this year. And while these two won’t be returning, Rotella announced that they are working on new U.S. festivals for 2017, with some even featuring camping.
He also explained that EDC Japan’s July launch date will be held off until further plans are announced, and they are re-launching Insomniac records.
EDC Puerto Rico and Beyond Wonderland Bay Area aren’t the first dance festivals to depart. CounterPoint Music Festival and TomorrowWorld festivals in Georgia were also canceled.