Breaking: Windstorm temporarily shuts down EDC Las Vegas
On the second day of EDC Las Vegas, at approximately 12:35a Pacific Time, event organizer Insomniac ordered a pre-emptive one-hour event-wide shutdown on account of heavy winds tearing through the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The announcement occurred during Markus Schulz’s set in the A State of Trance tent, which was also simulcasted over SiriusXM after the broadcast of Kinetic Field ended. The shutdown comes on the heels of several rides and attractions that were previously made unavailable, also for reasons of inclement weather.
Those inside the venue were directed to the grandstand, and entry into the Speedway was temporarily barred. Said Armin van Buuren on the air: “The LED screen behind Markus [Schulz] is moving so bad it could hurt people. The stages are shaking.”
At approximately 12:40a Pacific Time, the EDC livestream was replaced with a trance studio mix.
Update 1 (12:57a PT): AvB and Markus Schulz began a back-to-back mix in the SiriusXM studio, with Markus picking up where he left off.
Update 2 (1:16a PT): Update on the ground as people move to the grandstand: Image
Update 3 (2:27a PT): Full statement from Insomniac events below.
Update 4 (June 10, 6:51p PT): Insomniac has just released another update, indicating that single day Saturday passes will be honored on Sunday (day 3)!
Las Vegas, June 10, 2012 – With approximately 90,000 fans who have cleared the turnstiles as of 1am 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 1am. 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.