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Daisy Carnival 'Unlikely' to Return in 2014, Officials Say

Organizers want the festival in the Chicago area in 2015, but that may not be Joliet. They want the "perfect venue that works on the right dates."

A crowd scene from Electric Daisy Carnival in Joliet. Credit: Paul Boucher
A crowd scene from Electric Daisy Carnival in Joliet. Credit: Paul Boucher
The Electric Daisy Carnival is unlikely to return to Joliet in 2014, organizers said, and if it does come back to the Chicago area in 2015, Joliet's Chicagoland Speedway may not be the "perfect venue" to host it.

Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella, whose company produces the traveling electronic music festival, broke the news in a Tweet he posted at 2:20 a.m. Wednesday in response to a fan's question about the status of "EDC Chicago." 

His comment: "Not looking good for this year. We'll be back though!!"

Later in the day, Insomniac spokeswoman Jennifer Forkish confirmed the news.

"While nothing has been set in stone, at this point it’s unlikely that we’ll produce EDC Chicago in 2014," Forkish told the Web site http://www.youredm.com.

"We still haven’t found the perfect venue that works on the right dates, and when we produce festivals our top priority is always the fan experience. We’re not willing to compromise that. While things can change, we are definitely planning on bringing EDC back to the Chicago area in 2015."

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The festival -- a three-day extravaganza of live music, performance art, huge electric light displays and carnival rides -- made its Chicago-area debut over the Memorial Day weekend at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet.

While well-received by the 60,000 or so fans who attended, many of whom stayed for the whole weekend, it was roundly criticized by people who lived east of the track because of the bass-heavy music that they said they could hear in their homes until the 4 a.m. closing time. Complaints were lodged by people living as far away as Frankfort and Orland Park.

Insomniac pledged to resolve the sound problems and to end the music at an earlier hour if Joliet officials were willing to allow their return, but the comments made Wednesday indicate they may be re-evaluating their commitment to coming back to Joliet.

The Joliet City Council has been on the fence about their return, saying they wanted to know the financial impact of the event before making a decision.

Insomniac hired a firm to do a financial analysis, which found that more than $26 million was spent in Joliet through production costs, attendee spending, labor wages and other expenditures. The report, released in October, said Insomniac spent $11.1 million, non-Joliet residents spent $10.7 million and Joliet/local residents spent $4.3 million.

Insomniac produced its first Electric Daisy Carnival in Los Angeles in 1996, and now holds them in more than a half-dozen cities annually. In 2013, they did shows in Las Vegas, New York, London, Puerto Rico, Orlando, Fla., and elsewhere. The largest is in Las Vegas, which attracts a daily crowd of 115,000 and produces about $207 million for the city.
Infamous Steve December 05, 2013 at 02:11 PM
See what a bunch of whiny ass people can do to ruin things for everyone? Joliet is out of this money for good now...When they come back to IL it sure wont be Joliet....now watch, the city council will find out it did make a lot of money for the city. Which will cause them to try to get EDC to come back, they will say no and the city will start offering tax credits and such.

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