As dance music continues to increase its exposure in pop culture and the public eye, many of EDM’s premier events have come under fire for promoting illicit behavior among their patrons. Perhaps no event brand has had to deal with more scrutiny and accusations than Insomniac who since its inception has defined the dance music culture in Los Angeles and across the US. In a recent piece for Pollstar, Simon Rust Lamb, Insomniac’s COO, speaks out against these accusations by asserting a legal stance on the hot button topic.
According to the Las Vegas Sun, a potential tax reform in Nevada may threaten the future of Insomniac’s Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas in future years. The report explains the State Legislature is debating the Live Entertainment Tax, which levies a specific percentage of revenue for certain live productions, and its possible extension to more or all large scale live performance events in the state. Right now, EDC Las Vegas and many other productions are exempt from the tax but that free pass is in jeopardy right now.
For the first time in its history, Insomniac will be partnering with England’s pre-eminent electronic event producers, Cream, to bring the first-ever UK edition of Electric Daisy Carnival to life at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in England. A move that comes immediately following ID&T’s announcement to move it’s operations from Europe to the US with TomorrowWorld, further igniting the EDM arms race. Scheduled to be held for one day on July 20th 2013, the lineup already boasts Tiësto, Avicii, Steve Angello, Alesso, Hardwell, Porter Robinson, Madeon and more.
“Bringing Insomniac’s Electric Daisy Carnival experience across the Atlantic to London has been my dream for years and I couldn’t ask for a better partner than Cream, who is a world-wide fixture in electronic dance music culture,” said Pasquale Rotella, CEO and founder of Insomniac. “I’m confident that our collaboration will expose Insomniac’s returning fans and those who have yet to visit our United States festivals an opportunity to unite this summer in London.”
“We are really excited to be collaborating with Insomniac for what will be a spectacular event this summer,” says James Barton, president of Electronic Music at Live Nation. “Electric Daisy Carnival is already an important and prominent international brand, and we believe it will thrive in the UK in 2013.”
Early bird tickets go on sale on Tuesday, April 9 at 10 a.m. Pacific.
For more information visit www.electricdaisycarnival.co.uk.
View the currently announced lineup after the break.
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You may remember from last year’s EDC Las Vegas, Orlando, or White Wonderland a contest named The Discovery Project. Well, Insomniac is back again — generously offering a big break to bedroom producers everywhere for this year’s Beyond Wonderland. Do you think you might be qualified? They’re asking for a remix of James Egbert‘s track “Back to New” and a thirty-minute DJ mix recorded in real time. You can find the stems for the remix and more instructions here. This contest is open to any genre of electronic music, so get creative and think outside of the box. In addition to a potential performance spot at one of Southern California’s largest massives, you may also win promotional efforts on Insomniac’s powerful social media channels and consideration for Insomniac’s forthcoming DJ management project. Life could be pretty sweet.
Check out the recap video from the EDC Vegas Discovery Project and hit your decks! Enter the contest here.Posted by
Insomniac Events has revealed the 2013 lineup for this year’s Beyond Wonderland, and it features an all encompassing lineup from the entire dance music spectrum. The festivals new location is set at San Manuel Amphitheater in Southern California and will host a multistage setup with some of the biggest names in dance music. Superstar acts like Afrojack and Steve Angello share the same bill with underground phenoms like Damian Lazarus, Maceo Plex, and Art Department. No matter your musical pallet, this festival has a DJ for everyone. Tickets are on sale, so get them while they last.
Full lineup after the break.
Not many can enchant audiences the way Ryan Raddon can. A statement only properly understood if you’ve experienced this Freak of Nature live. Last June, the renowned American producer captured desert festival-goers in this aw-inspiring set complete with famous mashups and Fire & Ice classics. Anyone who has experienced the hyped Insomniac festival knows Kaskade’s music flows perfectly with the fantasy world EDC creates. A highlight of the set is hearing the crowd roar as the fireworks go off during Call Out/Epic mashup, while the Move for Me/The Legend mashup may have the power to turn your Wednesday morning completely around. Tracklist after the break.
Insomniac returns once again with the Alice in Wonderland-themed Beyond Wonderland event on March 16. In the event’s fourth year, however, Pasquale and crew have announced a change in venue — moving from San Bernardino’s NOS Events Center to the San Manuel Amphitheater and Grounds. The new venue, still in San Bernardino county (directly east of Los Angeles county), will hopefully prove to be a seamless transition for Insomniac and its fans. Tickets for the event are set to go on sale today at 12pm PST, 3pm EST. No word on a lineup yet, but you can be sure to check back with Dancing Astronaut as those announcements do trickle in.
Dancing Astronaut, in association with Vanguard nightclub in Los Angeles, is giving away two pairs of VIP Fast Pass tickets to see Avicii perform at the grand-reopening of the legendary nightclub. Sponsored by Insomniac, sbe Nightlife, At Night and Ash Alliance, the Vanguard re-opening is also an extension of Avicii’s long-standing House for Hunger tour – which has raised over $1 million since its inception. Recently hitting 3 million Facebook fans, the name Avicii has become synonymous with poignant progressive house, including an impressive catalog of tracks that have nearly single-handedly defined the “EDM explosion.”
Hop past the break to enter the contest via Punchtab – or buy tickets here if you aren’t the lucky type.
After adding a stop in Chicago on the road to Las Vegas, Electric Daisy Carnival has confirmed that the festival will, once again, hit the tri-state area before setting up shop in Sin City. Last summer EDC New York (although stationed in New Jersey) became an instant success that matched the Big Apple’s beloved Electric Zoo. This spring the festival returns on May 17th and 18th to Citi Field with Insomniac once again collaborating with RPM to bring the EDC experience to the Northeast. General admission tickets to the two-day event will be $159 while VIP tickets at $299 before fees.
Tickets go on sale February 8th at 12pm EST — single-day passes will be released in a limited quantity at a later date.