Las Vegas has plenty of classic blinking-light distractions, and one of the brightest, loudest new attractions to blaze across the city’s famous skyline has re-upped for another year: The Electric Daisy Carnival will return to Vegas in 2012 for another three days of EDM madness over the June 8 weekend.
After abandoning Los Angeles this summer, the 16th annual Carnival will touch down June 8-10 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, with three-day passes going on sale November 1 for $215.
“When [show producer] Insomniac decided to produce EDC in Las Vegas last June, we knew we were working with the ideal venue, but we weren’t sure how our fans would react,” Insomniac President and CEO Pasquale Rotella said in a statement announcing the return to Vegas.
“But after seeing more than 230,000 people show up to enjoy our show, we knew we picked a city and venue that serves as the perfect home for the largest electronic music festival in North America.”
The first Las Vegas edition of the show proved to be a spectacle perfectly suited to the desert getaway’s glitz and won the Festival of the Year award at September’s 2011 DJ Awards in Ibiza. Fans were treated to not only sweaty days and nights of the best EDM music on the planet on six stages, but also such attractions as carnival rides, nightly drop-ins by glowing parachutes, daytime pool parties at hotels all along the Strip, 13 large-scale art installations, full fireworks displays and baller helicopter rides that whisked VIPs to and from the festival grounds.
VIP tickets for the 2012 Carnival will start at $500, and a special pre-sale event will take place at Insomniac’s debut Halloween festival, Escape from Wonderland, on October 29 in San Bernardino, California.
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