Insomniac Events, the promoters who run Electric Daisy Carnival, have a decently long history of running festivals with camping. Their Beyond Wonderland and Nocturnal Wonderland events have had camping at least the past two years, and the camping at Middlelands and HARD last year were impeccable. Still, it seems that even at their flagship event, issues can run rampant.
Reports of waits in the camping line to EDC have been reported up to seven hours in some cases, with averages yesterday of around 4-6 hours. Hundreds of people have been tweeting at Insomniac, EDC, and Pasquale Rotella to do something about the wait. At time of publishing, no statement has been made regarding the issues.
One tweet from EDC told campers to arrive with a full tank of gas and to expect “some routine delays.”
If headed to #CampEDC, please arrive with a full tank of gas. Expect some routine delays as with any camping event. We appreciate your patience as we ensure the safe and secure entry of all Headliners. 🙂 #EDCLV2018
— EDC (@EDC_LasVegas) May 17, 2018
A simple search for “edc camping” on Twitter will bring up the brunt of the complaints, and it’s quite prolific at this point. For those who were able to make it into camping, the new ShiftPods actually look quite spacious and comfortable. We’ve seen one tweet from an individual complaining of no lights in her tent, but for the most part the tents seem to be working as advertised.
Unfortunately, many other tweets depict a worse scene with claims of overflowing or closed porta-potties and far too few showers for the thousands of campers who are staying over the weekend.
There was also a suspected shooter last night in Las Vegas that was eventually cleared; unfortunately, the possible danger apparently caused the box office at the World Market Center to close early, leaving hundreds without passes to get into camping. To be clear: we do not fault EDC for closing the box office, that was the smart move. Unfortunately, no announcement was made via social media to anyone headed to the box office.
Expectations were for 80% of campers to arrive on Thursday, so the lines should be considerably shorter today if everything goes according to plan.
We’re sure Insomniac is working diligently to address all of these concerns, but the lack of transparency on social media is somewhat disappointing. We’ve reached out to Insomniac for comment.
Take a look at some of the tweets and reddit posts we’ve found below.
Honestly @EDC_LasVegas wtf is up with this camping?! We paid a shit ton of money to camp and go to everything the camping has to offer and now we are missing a full night.
— Cassidy Champlin (@ChamplinCassidy) May 18, 2018
@EDC_LasVegas 7 and a half hours in car line still……. how will we be compensated for our time and missing out on the Thursday camping activities?
— Tony Buscaino (@KREW_S_A) May 18, 2018
@EDC_LasVegas you guys suck at security this year for camping, I've been in line since 4 pm. It's 843 pm now and we haven't even got to security yet. Probably won't come camping again, to much money for this kind of execution!
— Matt (@mattheww19_) May 18, 2018
EDC dropped the ball on camping hard lol. You’d think after last years shuttle disaster they’d make efforts to avoid another situation like that but here we are again 💀
— Michigan EDM Fam (@MichEDMFamily) May 18, 2018
Got in line for edc camping at 2:30pm… it’s 10:20pm now and we just parked our car 😒
— Jenna Sweeney (@studdmuffinjj) May 18, 2018
If your camping for EDC god bless you if you are later then it already is!!!! pic.twitter.com/x5EWIn74BS
— Keven Garcia (@kevenzg_) May 18, 2018
Bro the line to get your car in HOOHOOHOOOLY MOLY we've moved from n Hollywood Blvd to blue dot in an hour. 😂😭 pic.twitter.com/i6ZBo5n3Y8
— Derek Mallon – punjistick (@punjistick) May 18, 2018
@EDC_LasVegas how can anyone who designed camp EDC think having a few shower stations with TWO showers is going to be helpful for the thousands of people here?? You guys are insane. If you want to offer camping to festival goers, it needs to be made sustainable. Disappointing.
— LB (@ElBatorski) May 18, 2018
— AO (@AoGoodSwordsman) May 18, 2018
Attention Headliners! @PasqualeRotella didn't spend any money on porta potties for the #CampEDC 8 hour car line, but money was spent on lighting for the tents that is an actual FIRE HAZARD. Please check for these in your tent and do NOT use them. #insomniaclovesyou pic.twitter.com/AM2BaoIbya
— Pasquale Buys More Fireworks Than Porta Potties (@HashtagNeon) May 18, 2018
Photo via Freedom Film LLC for Insomniac