May 24, 2013
EDC Closes Its Gates Because of High Winds (Update)
Posted on Jun 10, 2012
An official tweet sent early Sunday morning shortly before this post went to Web said: “Due to high winds, we are temporarily halting all entry to @EDC_LasVegas. Fans inside, head to the grand stands. This is for your safety.”
The two biggest stages, if not more, are shut down here in Las Vegas. I was waiting for Calvin Harris to drop a hit or two on me when an announcer ordered everyone back from the main stage.
That venue, part of the Electric Daisy Carnival’s impressive array of performance spaces, is something to behold. Giant screens make the performing DJ look microscopic while hidden platforms allow dancers to perform their acrobatics. With scaffolding surrounding a central pit of what I can only imagine are thousands of screaming fans, it’s no wonder the festival organizers aren’t taking chances.
When I pressed at the media desk for an update, I was told the crew was putting safety first.
Someone here in the press room (I didn’t get a name) said Las Vegas policy requires a full hour’s wait after the winds die down before they’ll let the dancing recommence.
Strong, dusty winds have been blowing throughout the night—at one point the coffee mysteriously left my cup and at another I was nearly shoved down a flight of stairs by an invisibly force.
Hold on to your glow sticks.
Update: Fans inside the festival were allowed to stay until 5:30 a.m. and listen to music from temporary sound systems located on the infield grass of the stadium. The EDC was set to continue as scheduled on Sunday, according to organizers.
—Posted by Peter Z. Scheer.
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