EDC 2012: High Winds Knock Speakers Around During Markus Schulz' Set
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Last night, it seemed like day two of Electric Daisy Carnival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway had the potential to be just as magical as the first. Besides the awful traffic to get to the festival from the Las Vegas Blvd Strip, everything was going just as planned until we started to notice it was more windy than usual. Then, a lot more windy than usual. Then, ridiculously windy.
Halfway through Markus Schulz' bass-rattling set at ASOT tent the speakers started swinging around as fast and hard as the music, nearly falling off of their mounts. Around 12:30 a.m., organizers had to stop the music as Armin Van Buuren got on the the big LED screen and informed everyone that we were to evacuate the tent because it was beginning to get dangerous. He said it would only be temporary until officials felt it was safe enough for us to keep the party going. As thousands left the stage we noticed the bassPOD stage was still open and as we made our way over they Insomniac announced that everyone was to make their way to the bleachers away from the large stages which posted a potential threat to our safety.
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|EDC Calling Everyone to the Bleachers|
We slowly trickled the bleachers awaiting our next move, like tiny ants moving in solid formation. With the thousands of people which had already made it inside the festival it seemed impossible for everyone to finally make it to the stands safely. After two hours of just sitting around being tricked by the music coming on from various speakers, they finally announced we could start exiting the venue or stick around to listen to music from temporary sound systems located on the infield grass of the stadium on the Wide Awake Cart.
We went down there to check it out but after getting pizza and a beer, it just didn't seem worth it listening to some second rate DJ when we could be back at our hotel partying with our friends. Little did we know that Schulz and Steve Aoki would later hop on the Wide Awake Cart and play for three hours in this safe enclosed area. The area outside the speedway parking lot was a madhouse and getting your car out of there was like trying to leave an Angel Vs. Yankee game with twice as much delay. The winds kept getting worse and worse and that's when we knew Insomniac and the public safety officials made the right decision to ensure everyone's safety. We can only hope that mother nature is on our side tonight for the closing day of EDC 2012.
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