Electronic music fans in El Paso are taking to social media to try and convince a national touring company to bring their show to the city.
Electric Daisy Carnival, or EDC, a large scale multi-day electronic music festival is looking for a host Texas city, according to an Instagram post that Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella sent out early Friday morning. “We are done planting annual EDC events in the United States,” read the post. “Las Vegas, New York, Chicago, Orlando, Puerto Rico, and a soon to be determined city in Texas will be the only annual events.”
The post resulted in hundreds of questions and speculation from EDM fans across the state of Texas, and in El Paso. Ragetexas.com, an electronic music blog that covers events in Texas, asked fans to rate which city they would like to see host EDC. As of 5 p.m. Friday, El Paso lead the poll with 52%, or 2,227 votes. An administrator of the website said they are not affiliated with Insomniac and that the poll is not official, instead it is a “popularity poll.”
It is unknown wheather El Paso is even in the running for host city. El Paso already has an annual electronic music festival; Sun City Music Festival, organized by local promoter SMG Events and national promoter Disco Donnie. It had it’s debut in 2011. About 15,000 attended the two day event at Cohen Stadium. In 2012, it relocated to Ascarate Lake, where attendance reportedly grew to 20,000 fans over two days. The event was originally organized in part by Insomniac in 2011, until partner Disco Donnie reportedly left the company, and took the vast majority of Insomniac’s local partners with him, including SMG Events.
EDC’s last Texas event was in 2011 at Fair Park in Dallas. About 22,000 attended that event. But it received a great deal of bad press after numerous problems, including the death of one attendee and hospitalization of dozens more. Insomniac also hosts Nocturnal Wonderland Texas, another EDM festival in Rockdale, TX, about 50 miles outside of Austin. It is unknown if that event will return this year, according to a tweet posted by Rotella in January. However, Disco Donnie promoters recently announced the 2013 dates for their Meltdown Music Festival in Dallas, which will take place the last weekend in April, a date which has historically been the date of Insomniac’s Nocturnal Wonderland Texas.
Will it come to El Paso?
The likelihood of Electric Daisy Carnival coming to El Paso is highly unfavorable. Historically, Insomniac promoters prefer to spread their festivals throughout the United States evenly. El Paso’s proximity to Las Vegas will make it difficult for the festival to move in. However, we’re not sure what their plans are.
Bottom line: we will have to wait until they make an announcement.
Emails to Insomniac went unreturned in time of deadline.