As We See It

With EDC in the rearview, we compare the economic impact of mega music fests

Coachella 2014
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The lights have dimmed, the DJs have flown home and (hopefully) all that trash got picked up: Another installment of Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas is in the books.

Even if you were bemoaning the crowd or the terrible traffic you encountered because of it, EDC’s economic impact will last long past June. It’s still too early for this year’s numbers, but the neon spectacle brought $278 million to Clark County in 2013. Here’s how other fests around the country compare:

Bonnaroo $51 million to Tennessee in 2012 (Source: The Tennessean)

Coachella & Stagecoach $254 million to Coachella Valley in 2012 (Source: Southern California Public Radio)

Lollapalooza $99 million to Chicago in 2011 (Source: Chicago Sun-Times)

Outside Lands $66 million to San Francisco Bay Area in 2011 (Source: Huffington Post)

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