The annual festival juggernaut known as the Electric Daisy Carnival has announced some big changes for its eighth event at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
EDC 2018 will be held May 18-20, moving from its traditional Father’s Day weekend in June, with tickets going on sale Thursday, September 28 at noon. The three-day fest will feature extended hours, which will include a new opening ceremony on the Cosmic Meadow lawn before gates open each day, and event producers Insomniac will be turning over its shuttle program to “an independent team that operates the nation’s largest music and sporting events,” according to the statement.
But the biggest new development designed to ease the always troublesome traffic flow to and from the Speedway is to turn EDC into a big camping trip. For the first time, the event will offer a “fully immersive camping program” adjacent to the festival grounds where people can rent air-conditioned tents with dust-control canvas walls, artificial grass and electric outlets, or upgrade to tents with beds, linens, towels and furniture. (Attendees won't be allowed to bring their own tents.) Festival-goers can also bring their own recreational vehicle and hook it up to the pre-arranged power site or rent a fully set up, Insomniac-provided RV. Prices for all rentals will be announced in the future.
“The new camping areas will eliminate vehicle traffic for campers, offering an easy commute and convenient ins and outs of the festival each day,” states today’s announcement. “At the center of the campgrounds, fans can enjoy plenty of shade, seating, water, food and beverage vendors, a general store, activities and more. A neighboring area will allow for the creation of Sound Camps where headliners [attendees] can build out their own themed environments.”
Construction on Interstate 15 to create additional lanes and a pull-off area near the Speedway is expected to be completed before EDC kicks off. In 2017, more than 400,000 people attended the festival over three days.
Early Owl three-day general admission passes are $325 and VIP three-day passes are $699 (before taxes and fees). Attendees who miss early ticket buying will have the opportunity to purchase the new Wise Owl tier at $340 for three-day general admission. For more information, visit edclasvegas.com.