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Electric Daisy Carnival announces move to May

Heat cited as factor in decision
Posted at 12:26 PM, Sep 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-06 16:18:43-04

The Electric Daisy Carnival is moving to May next year.

EDC has traditionally been held in mid-June at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which can be brutally hot. Each year has seen dozens of people treated for heat exhaustion and heat exposure has been a contributing factor in at least one death.

20-year-old Kanani Kaimuloa from California died a few days after collapsing at the festival on June 20, 2016. Her death was ruled a result of Ecstasy and cocaine intoxication and heat exposure.

The family of a man who died in 2017 also blamed the heat for 34-year-old Michael Morse's death. The coroner later confirmed that heat was a contributing factor.

And in 2017, there were 443 medical calls on the first night, which was more than a 120 percent increase over 2016. Many of those were because of the heat. An excessive heat warning was in effect for the duration of the festival.

The dates for EDC 2018 are May 18, 19 and 20.

According to the announcement from EDC, the average high temp for that weekend is 90 degrees and the low temp is 64. EDC says that because of the lower temperatures, they will be able to extend the hours of the festival.

In addition, EDC plans to offer a camping experience next year. Festival-goers will be able to rent air-conditioned tents or bring their own RV.

PHOTOS: 2017 Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas

Shuttle operations are also be handed over to an independent contractor that coordinates transportation for some of the largest music and sporting events in the country.

Tickets go on sale on Sept. 28. Early Owl 3-day passes start at $325 and VIP passes start at $699, both before taxes and fees. Fans who miss out on Early Owl can purchase Wise Owl tickets at $340 for general admission. Later Owl tickets will cost $355.