A slew of Electric Daisy Carnival-related news came out today, early in what's now referred to as EDC Week.
First: The schedule for this weekend's big festival is up here.
Noteworthy this year: The Neon Garden stage will be curated each night by a different DJ and/or label producer, with Richie Hawtin's Enter hopefully carrying out its full program (after high winds shut it down last year) on Friday, Carl Cox and Friends also returning to the Las Vegas Speedway on Saturday, and Crosstown Rebels' Get Lost taking over the station on Sunday. As previously announced, L.A. dance event promoter HARD Events will present the Cosmic Meadow stage for the entire weekend.
And, it looks like two surprise guests are in the works, one to close the Kinetic Field main stage on Saturday and one to do the same at Circuit Grounds on Sunday. Cue the Daft Punk rumors.
Second: At today's EDMbiz conference at The Cosmopolitan, Insomniac Events — the producer/promoter of EDC — announced it will stage an electronic dance music awards show for 2014, with help from American Music Award and Golden Globes producer Dick Clark Productions.
And finally: Insomniac also revealed today that it has entered a partnership with Live Nation entertainment company, to expand the resources, scope and reach of its events. However, Insomniac CEO and founder Pasquale Rotella cut off any suggestions of corporate dependence with an open letter and FAQ that stresses that he did not sell his company to Live Nation, nor has he relinquished creative control over Insomniac's events. Furthermore, he states he did not enter an exclusivity agreement with Live Nation regarding venues — the company owns, operates and/or books 140 venues — or Ticketmaster (which merged with Live Nation in 2010).
Tomorrow, EDMbiz continues, and ancillary EDC parties include bass music promoter Bassrush's pool party at Hard Rock Hotel and nighttime massive at Orleans Arena.