• Drake Silver

Is the EDC Las Vegas Festival Still Happening in May?

Pasquale Rotella, the founder and CEO of Insomniac Events, has given another clarification on whether the company's flagship festival, EDC Las Vegas, will take place on the planned dates of May 21-23.

Rotella issued a statement on Instagram, stating that the company has "submitted a comprehensive safety plan that is currently being reviewed by Nevada officials." He continues, "By April 8, Insomniac will announce whether or not the May festival will take place." The festival will be rescheduled for October if the safety plan is not approved.

Rotella advises would-be EDC attendees to book flights and hotels with flexible cancellation policies, and says that "international travelers with restrictions can move their passes to next year without issue," acknowledging that the ambiguity creates logistical challenges for fans trying to plan their trip to Las Vegas.

As the pandemic continues, activities such as March's Ultra Music Festival in Miami, April's Coachella, and May's Lightning in a Bottle have all been cancelled for 2020.

Rotella's full statement can be found below.

"First and foremost, thank you for being so patient and compassionate while we work through this. I understand that this journey hasn't been ideal for everybody, but rest assured that we've done whatever we can to make the show happen in these difficult and ever-changing times.

We've submitted a comprehensive safety plan for our May dates, which is currently being reviewed by Nevada officials. I'll inform you of my final decision by April 8th, if not sooner. We will proceed with the May 21-23 dates if our schedule is approved; otherwise, EDC will be moved to October.

I appreciate your travel needs and agree that this is not an optimal situation. Most Vegas hotel reservations, on the other hand, can be cancelled up to 48 hours before check-in, and most airlines don't charge change fees if you book by the end of March. Wherever you plan to stay, double-check and confirm that they stick to these policies! If EDC is transferred, I suggest booking your travel now and transferring it to October. Passes for foreign travelers with restrictions may be moved to the next year without question.

If the show is in May and you don't want or can't make it, you can move your ticket to 2022. If the show is rescheduled for October and you are unable to attend, you will be liable for a refund.

I understand the Headliners' reservations about moving the show now. We must also remember the Headliners, who have suffered this year and need EDC and the support of our group. We'd love to be able to put on the show sooner rather than later and bring light back into their lives, but even if it doesn't happen until October, we'll always be able to share the magic of EDC with them.

The final decision will be taken as soon as possible. Thank you once again for staying with us through this difficult time. I've had a lot of ups and downs in my life, and I'm grateful to everyone who has stuck with me through it all. If it's May or October, know that I'll do whatever I can to make things happen for you. I'm looking forward to seeing you Under the Electric Sky."