EDC Vegas Pulls Plug on Music Due to High Winds
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[Update at 2:48 a.m]:
EDC is over for the night. Organizers are waiting for crowds to thin out before making an official announcement. More details and older updates at the bottom.
Electric Daisy Carnval in Las Vegas tonight was shut down temporarily as a result of high winds buffeting tall sound stages. A representative of the Los Angeles-based promoter said the music shut-down was temporary and that winds were being monitored to determine when fans could return to the stage areas. Patrons were told ...
... to head to the stands at the venue, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, until further notice.
The shut-down appeared to cut off sets by Calvin Harris and Dubfire.
Organizers announced the situation around 12:45 a.m.
One festival worker said there were "well over" 100,000 patrons tonight.
Promoters of the three-day dance music festival, which started in Los Angeles and moved to Las Vegas last year amid controversy in L.A., said they sold 300,000 three-day tickets.
[Update at 1:56 a.m]:
We were told the stages were designed to withstand 80 mile-per-hour winds; gusts tonight were said to be hitting up to 40.
Organizers practiced a high-wind scenario as preparation for just such a night.
Background music played shortly before 2 a.m. as patrons were allowed to return to some parts of the main grounds.
A decision to pull the plug on the night or restart the festivities was expected shortly.
More updates below