EDC: 8 More Years of Vegas
To all those who were hoping for the Electric Daisy Carnival to return to southern California, you might have to wait a little longer…
According to Pasquale Rotella, the owner of Insomniac, EDC and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway have a 10 year contract for the early June festival. EDC was previously held at L.A. Coliseum up until 2010 when there was an over-publicized death due to an overdose by an under aged 15 year old girl named Sasha Rodriquez, in addition to a crazed stage rush where people were injured and trampled on.
Las Vegas has benefited greatly from this move, as over 300,000 people attended the carnival last year. The economy of Vegas during this 3 day event benefits hotels, casinos, tourist attractions, food companies, and countless other Vegas attractions. Los Angeles, who used to reap the benefits, now has had to make up the difference in other ways. One way was suing Pasquale for corruption. They charged Pasquale and Go Ventures owner, Reza Gerami, with counts of bribery, embezzlement, conspiracy and conflict of interest. The allegations included a pay-off of 2 million dollars to specific stagehands to avoid hundreds of thousands in taxes and other deductions. He is currently out on bail and will return for a pre-court conference on September 25. Rotella has maintained his innocence during this long process but still faces up to 13 years in prison if found guilty on all counts. This can mean bad news for his former playmate girlfriend Holly Madison, who recently announced she was pregnant…..but mostly for us EDM fans.
But don’t fret just yet. There are rumors that Pasquale is trying to make his way back to LA for EDC, ultimately throwing EDC in both LA and Las Vegas, along with the other EDCs in Orlando, New York, and Puerto Rico. With this recent controversy, it is pretty safe to say that the Coliseum is no longer an option. Where do you think it could be held?