Electric Daisy Carnival, one of the world’s largest annual dance festivals, has abandoned plans to try and reschedule the 150,000-person-per-day festival held at the Las Vegas Speedway to October.
Originally scheduled for May 15-17, the festival created by Insomniac Founder Pasquale Rotella with a 2020 lineup featuring more than 200 artists, including Chainsmokers, DJ Snake, David Guetta and Major Lazer was first postponed in April and given a new October 2-4 date.
On Sunday (Aug. 2), Rotella announced on Instagram that the festival was being moved again, this time to May 21-23, effectively ending any prospects that the 2020 festival would return.
“The team & I have spent the last several months working to create a plan that would allow us to produce a safe event for you,” Rotella wrote. “We wanted to implement a free two-step testing program, one test at home before traveling to Las Vegas & another test at the venue when you arrived, in addition to many other enhanced safety protocols. Unfortunately, we just learned that the medical advances necessary to pull this off will not be ready in time, which is why I’m making this announcement today.”
The spread of the coronavirus and the devastating toll COVID-19 has taken on countries around the world has led to a complete shutdown of the live entertainment business, leading to billions in expected losses for companies such as Live Nation, which owns Insomniac. Most promoters now say the touring business won’t resume until the majority of the population has been vaccinated.
Read Rotella’s full announcement below: