EDC 2012: Las Vegas pulls plug on music due to high winds
[Update at 2:11 a.m]:
Organizers released this statement:
With approximately 90,000 fans who have cleared the turnstiles as of 1 am tonight, Insomniac, the producer of Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas, asked fans to calmly head to the stands of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway as high-winds posed a possible threat to fan safety.
At approximately 1 a.m. Insomniac, in conjunction with public safety officials, made the decision to temporarily halt the show while an evaluation on wind conditions was made.
"Fan safety is Insomniac's highest priority. We cannot control Mother Nature and we are taking every precaution while high winds continue, and have cleared the stage areas temporarily as a preventative measure," said Pasquale Rotella, founder and CEO of Insomniac. "We are asking fans to be patient inside and outside the venue while we evaluate the weather conditions."
As winds are being assessed a final decision on the status of the production is pending.
[Added at 5:45 a.m.]: Another statement by organizers said that crowds were allowed to stay until 5:30 a.m. Mobile sound systems were parked in the infield for temporary entertainment.
The promoter added:
At 2:45 a.m. Insomniac, the producer of Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas, in consultation with public safety officials, made the decision that due to extremely high wind conditions, the crowd would be cleared away from the stage areas. The decision was made out of an abundance of caution and with fan safety in mind.
Among those whose anticipated sets were cancelled for the night: Steve Aoki performing with Blue Man Group, Tiesto, MSTRKFT, Richie Hawtin, Avicii, Dubfire and Armin Van Buuren.
Organizers said the show would go on tomorrow for the third day of the fest.
Dennis Romero is a staff writer for LA Weekly and is covering Electric Daisy Carnival 2012 for Village Voice Media. [@dennisjromero / firstname.lastname@example.org]