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Apr 21

Insomniac, HARD May Host Stages At Made In America LA

Photo: Billboard

News of Jay-Z's multi-genre Made In America Festival expanding to LA may bring with it the possibility of large-scale raves edging their way back into downtown courtesy of two of the industry's most recognizable brands.

LA Weekly has learned that the Live Nation-produced event may be looking to power its electronic music selection by tapping into two of its more EDM-savvy properties, HARD Events and Insomniac, both complete or partial properties of the live event giant.

With last year's Philadelphia ticket featuring Calvin Harris, deadmau5, and Porter Robinson to name a few, the Budweiser Made In America Festival is no stranger to dance music. However, with about two-thirds of the inaugural LA edition to take place on the streets due to the capacity at downtown's brand new Grand Park, Insomniac and HARD may have found help in hosting EDM events in the city's more central locations.

HARD and Insomniac have encountered issues keeping large-scale festivals in the downtown area for reasons ranging from venue availability to noise and security concerns, but being escorted in by Budweiser, Jay-Z, and the festival-supportive Mayor Eric Garcetti (pictured above right) may allow for the promoters to get a foot in the door for this and future events on the street and at LA's newly opened Grand Park.

According to LA Weekly's sources, the HARD stage would take place Saturday, Insomniac's on Sunday, but the idea is in its early stages and not yet confirmed. The festival will occupy streets from Grand Avenue to Main Street, and from Temple Street to Second Street, in addition to the neighboring Grand Park, Weekly writes.

Two-day, general admission passes are $155 and available here. No lineup has yet been announced. Read the full story here.
Apr 18

Insomniac Adopts Trees, Gives Away Festival Tickets To Supporters

The feeling of being family at Insomniac events is palpable and sticks with you long after the lights go out--but what about our green, leafy brothers and sisters?

Insomniac's got their backs (or trunks?) too during this most dry of periods in California history by donating $10,000 to ensure the survival and care of 500 trees in SoCal. In collaboration with environmental nonprofit Tree People, Insomniac has started a pledge fans can sign saying they will take steps to reduce their environmental footprint. Acts like using reusable bottles and carpooling make a big difference, but if entry-level greenery is more your speed, just try throwing your trash and recycling away in proper bins while at your next festival--mom's not here to pick up after you.

Need something in it for you? When the pledge is over on Earth Day (April 22), Insomniac will pull 500 random names and donate a portion of the $10K on their behalf. Still not feeling it? Then we'll sweeten the deal: East- and West-Coasters have a bonus reason for doing something positive this Earth Day, as Insomniac is giving away a pair of tickets to the Memorial Day Weekend event of one lucky winner's choosing (EDC New York or Audio On The Bay in Richmond, Calif.) just for promising to make greener decisions.

Pledge here.
Mar 26

Giveaway: EDC New York

Electric Daisy Carnival is returning to New York's Metlife Stadium on May 24 and 25, and the lineup is stacked with titans like Hardwell, Tiesto, and Bassnectar. More crowd favorites like DJ Snake, Headhunterz, and the New World Punx will be performing as well. Be sure to pickup your tickets here.

(Ticket giveaway below)

LessThan3 has teamed up with Insomniac Events to give away two free pairs of tickets to EDC New York. Use the embedded LockerDome widget below to gain entries to the contest using social media shares and follows. You can earn extra entries by visiting the ticket page, watching the EDC NY trailer on YouTube, and giving LessThan3 a +1 on Google+. Two lucky winners will each receive a pair of tickets, and both will be emailed when the contest ends on April 14 at 4 p.m. EST. Good luck!

DJ Snake & Mercer - Lunatic [Spinnin]
Hardwell feat. Matthew Koma - Dare You (Tiesto vs. Twoloud Remix) [Revealed]
Headhunterz feat. Krewella - United Kids Of The World [Ultra]
Mar 10

EDC Las Vegas Sells Out In Record Time

Insomniac Events' flagship property Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas sold out of both GA and VIP tickets in record time this year, again before a single artist was announced.

CEO Pasquale Rotella's devoted army of "headliners" has developed such strong sense of loyalty to the brand that in similar fashion to 2013, they've gladly scooped up all 400,000-plus combined nightly entrances over the three-day event June 20-22 without waiting to see the lineup. Tickets ran dry during the afternoon of March 7, despite being increased by 20,000 per day when compared with '13.
The Las Vegas Review Journal reports that the 115,000 tickets per day in 2013 sold out roughly six weeks later on April 29, still before the lineup was revealed May 1.

Rotella took to Instagram shortly after the last remaining tickets were sold to remind people to use caution when seeking alternate means (full associated quote below).

After tickets to EDC Las Vegas officially sold out yesterday, I've seen a lot of people trying to buy/sell tickets online and want to remind you to be careful of scammers & ticket fraud! If you're still in need of a ticket, DO NOT buy one from a scalper - you should only consider purchasing from an authorized ticket reseller or trusted friend. If you arrive at EDC Las Vegas with an illegitimate ticket, we cannot provide a refund or another pass, and you will be out of luck. There are no paper tickets being distributed for this event, so any paper tickets for sale will be counterfeit. A Ticket Card will only be valid if a 3 Day Pass has been loaded onto the card - you can check online at (but keep in mind, the seller can later report the card as lost or stolen and have it make sure the seller is someone you trust). Stay safe everyone!
Thanks to multiple expansions of the globally recognized brand, fans needing their EDC fix can still score tickets to EDC Mexico March 15-16 and EDC New York May 24-25, with tickets to London, Puerto Rico, and Orlando coming soon. Check back for a lineup announcement for the 18th annual EDC LV.
Mar 06

EDC NY Releases 2014 Lineup, Packs The Giant Owl

Insomniac revealed its big-name ticket for 2014's Electric Daisy Carnival New York today, which will bring Afrojack, Hardwell, Bassnectar, Calvin Harris, and many, many more to Metlife Stadium Memorial Day Weekend.

In terms of production, Insomniac boss man Pasquale Rotella promises bigger and better everything, from stage effects to costumes and more in the third go-round for New York's edition of the famed EDC. Although countless DJs will be making their first appearance at the festie, one debut in particular stands above the rest... way above. The 100-foot animatronic owl made famous for his watchful eye over EDC Las Vegas since 2013 will make its East Coast debut, along with a 125-foot, all-new Electric Daisy art installation.

With tickets currently sitting at $199 ($299 for 21+ VIP), you'd better make like an owl and not forget to... wait that's elephants... f*ck it, get tickets here.