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Electric Daisy Carnival 2013 announces dates, presale

Electric Daisy Carnival 2012 (COURTESY PHOTO: ERIK KABIK)
Electric Daisy Carnival 2012 (COURTESY PHOTO: ERIK KABIK)

If Insomniac Events' announcement today bears out, Electric Daisy Carnival 2013 will be a warmer, less-bottlenecked experience. 

The producer of the largest music festival in North America -- last year's EDC drew over 320,000 revelers over a three-day weekend -- will once again hold its annual nighttime extravaganza at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, this time creeping back later in June for what should be a warmer, more temperate experience. The 17th EDC will take place Friday-Sunday, June 21-23, with ancillary parties and a conference again transpiring a few days before and a couple after. 

Presale tickets will be available Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 12 p.m., with a limited allotment of $199 three-day passes (with no layaway option) and, after that, another round at $259. VIP passes for the weekend will run $450. No single-day tickets will be offered. Hotel package deals are already available at the EDC website.

An official onsale will take place Jan. 9. Last year's EDC sold out in advance of the event. 

Performers will be announced at a later date. Last year, many of the same headliners of the 2011 edition returned, sans the designation of "headliner." Earlier this year, Insomniac founder Pasquale Rotella implied he was possibly ditching the idea of headliners for good. 

Today's release also says adjustments are being made with regard to vehicle mobility in and out of the Speedway. Last year, it took this writer three hours to exit the parking lot on one of the festival's nights, and gridlock has been an issue on both freeways and surface streets for both local editions of EDC. Insomniac says this year will see separate routes for taxis and shuttles, increased parking staff and lanes, and new external congestion remedies already being sussed out.  

Fingers crossed. We should not have to again endure the sight of partied-out fairies squatting to pee in the crowded exit lanes of a parking lot.