EDM Festival Electric Daisy Carnival Expands To Midwest City

"As Insomniac continues to grow, our first priority is listening to our fans and they've made us feel confident that EDC has a home in Chicago."
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EDC 2012 (Photo: Cody Black)

EDC 2012 (Photo: Cody Black)

Notorious EDM festival Electric Daisy Carnival will descend on the Midwest when the wildly popular annual rave sets up shop in Chicago over Memorial Day Weekend 2013.

Produced by Insomniac Events, EDC will take over the Chicagoland Speedway May 24-26, with tickets going on sale January 23 at noon, CST.

The Chicago edition of EDC will be the first (and only) one to offer attendees the option of overnight camping adjacent to the event.

“As Insomniac continues to grow, our first priority is listening to our fans and they’ve made us feel confident that EDC has a home in Chicago,” said Pasquale Rotella, CEO of Insomniac. “This is the first EDC that will offer fans the opportunity to camp while enjoying the festival and I know that the Chicagoland Speedway is the ideal location. I’m really excited we’ve added Chicago to the EDC family of festivals.”

After moving the West Coast EDC location from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, Insomnia has established tour stops in New York, Orland and Puerto Rico.

Three-day general admission tickets for EDC Chicago will initially sell for $175, with VIP tickets going for $299 (both prices are without additional service fees), with a layaway option. There are also plans to offer a limited number of single-day tickets at a later day.

For fans interested in taking advantage of the camping option, general admission passes will be priced at $295, with VIP admission plus camping for $419, before applicable fees. Campers will have the added perk of being able to freely move between the camp grounds and the festival.

For more information and to purchase tickets, check out the official Electric Daisy Carnival website.

The Chicago EDC could potentially be courting controversy in the EDM world, as it’s scheduled to happen at the same time as Detroit’s riverfront Movement Electronic Music Festival, which has been occurring in various guises over Memorial Day Weekend since 2000.

“Are we concerned that this is going to take place only four hours away? Sure,” said Jason Huvaere, president and co-founder of Paxahau Event Productions, which has been producing Movement since 2006, to the Detroit Free Press. “Am I glad we have a good relationship with Insomniac, and we’ll be working to avoid conflicts? Yes.”

“We love what they do, and they’re friends of ours,” explained Electric Daisy Carnival spokesperson Erika Haney in the same article about the potential conflict as EDM fans choose between the two festivals. “We’ll definitely be bringing a different kind of environment and musical landscape to fans in that area. There’s not a ton of crossover. The vibe of the events is fundamentally different.”

-Scott T. Sterling, CBS Local

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