EDC Las Vegas 2021 Is Pushed Back to October: ‘We Can’t Take That Risk’

“As we expected and were assured prior to announcing the festival for May, Nevada state officials announced they would lift social distancing requirements as of May 1, creating a path for EDC to happen with strict safety guidelines in place,” Rotella wrote on social media.

“We just had a meeting in Las Vegas this past Friday with police, fire, medical, and other agencies involved with EDC to plan out details surrounding the event,” the statement continues. “However, today, Clark County (home of EDC & the Las Vegas Motor Speedway) passed a reopening plan that requires 60% of their residents to be vaccinated before restrictions over large scale gatherings such as EDC can be lifted. It might happen in time, it might not. Either way, we can’t take that risk.” Read the complete statement below.

Rotella goes on to note that the event, which typically draws 125,000 people per day and features a lineup of hundreds of artists, was in the midst of being built, with “over 40 trucks en route to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway from all over the country.” He added that the lineup was set to be announced tomorrow.

Earlier Tuesday, the Clark County Commission approved a proposal that would increase capacity restrictions for public gatherings to 80% occupancy on May 1 and reduce social distance requirements from six to three feet. Capacity and social distancing requirements would be removed when 60% of the eligible population receives at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Masks would still be required.

The proposal also notes that plans for events with general admission that are outdoors and events greater than 20,000 attendees “could be submitted for review by the Southern Nevada Health District on a case-by-case basis to include taking into consideration current or projected conditions within the community.” Billboard‘s request for comment from the Southern Nevada Health District was not returned. It is not clear if Insomniac resubmitted a health and safety plan after an earlier one was rejected.

Those with tickets to the May event will have tickets automatically transferred to the new dates, October 22-24, 2021. Refunds are also available via the Insomniac website.

Read the full statement below:

I am sorry to say that EDC Las Vegas needs to move to October. I want to thank everyone who has put their heart and soul into this show—the Insomniac team, artists, agents, managers, production crews, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway staff, the government officials who supported us, and most importantly, you, the Headliners.

As we expected and were assured prior to announcing the festival for May, Nevada state officials announced they would lift social distancing requirements as of May 1, creating a path for EDC to happen with strict safety guidelines in place. We just had a meeting in Las Vegas this past Friday with police, fire, medical, and other agencies involved with EDC to plan out details surrounding the event.

However, today, Clark County (home of EDC & the Las Vegas Motor Speedway) passed a reopening plan that requires 60% of their residents to be vaccinated before restrictions over large scale gatherings such as EDC can be lifted. Unfortunately, the rate at which people get vaccinated before EDC is out of our control. It might happen in time, it might not. Either way, we can’t take that risk.

Our team has been working around the clock to organize this event. We currently have over 40 trucks en route to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway from all over the country. The lineup is fully booked and was going to be announced tomorrow at 12pm PT. The team and I are heartbroken, as I know many of you are as well. For those who have stayed with us on this journey, I thank you. Your trust & loyalty is what gives us strength to keep moving forward.

The good news is that EDC Las Vegas will still take place on the new dates of October 22-24, 2021. Your ticket will automatically be transferred to the new dates, or you may elect to receive a refund by clicking the link in my bio. If you have already transferred your ticket to 2022, your ticket will also be transferred to the new dates unless you choose to receive a refund.

I continue to believe it’s important we get back out on the dancefloor as soon as possible, and I won’t give up on trying to make that happen. I will be announcing an AMA on Reddit in the near future to address any questions.