This year marks the 20th Anniversary of EDC, and Insomniac and founder Pasquale Rotella are not taking that milestone lightly.
No Artist Are Playing Both EDC Vegas And Hard Summer This Year
Insomniac Events announced the lineup for the 2015 edition of Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, and it's chock full of the usual EDC suspects: Tiësto, Calvin Harris, Hardwell, Kaskade, plus a few old-school stalwarts like Moby and Carl Cox.
But there are a few names you won't see on this year's EDC flyer. Because not a single act playing this year's EDC Vegas is also booked to play this year's Hard Summer.
The EDC Vegas lineup announcement follows, alleging a deepening rift between rival promoters Pasquale Rotella and Gary Richards, the masterminds behind Insomniac and Hard, respectively. According to Billboard, Richards recently filed a trademark lawsuit over the Electric Daisy Carnival name, which Richards actually first used for parties he threw in the '90s, before reportedly agreeing to let Rotella's Insomniac begin using the name in 1997.
Even before the suit was filed, tension between the two rival companies — which, ironically, are both owned by Live Nation — was running so high that, according on one Billboard source, both festivals had begun issuing "booking ultimatums": "If you play one, you can't play the other," said the source, an unnamed artist agent.
In the past, this wasn't always the case. Tiësto, for example, played both festivals last year, and Dillon Francis, Claude VonStroke and Flosstradamus, among others, all played both EDC and Hard in 2013. But this year, not a single artist is booked for both events.
But it will be interesting to see if the Rotella/Richards rivalry, which has now created a clear division between the festivals' lineups, will also begin to split Southern California's EDM fan base more starkly into pro-EDC and pro-Hard camps.