No decision on Daisy Carnival 2014
By Bob Okon email@example.com August 12, 2013 9:36PM
2012 Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV on June 9, 2012.
Updated: September 14, 2013 6:23AM
A decision on whether the Electric Daisy Carnival returns to Joliet is not likely to be made for at least two months, City Manager Thomas Thanas said Monday.
Thanas met Friday with executives from Insomniac, the company that stages the event, and Chicagoland Speedway to discuss the return of the three-day festival of electronic dance music next summer.
“Insomniac would like to come back,” he said. “I’ve heard from both camps as far as the future goes. I’ve had people call me and say they want it to come back. I’ve heard from those who said they’d rather not see it come back.”
The event over the Memorial Day weekend generated hundreds of phone calls and complaints from Manhattan, New Lenox, Elwood and other nearby towns as the loud, throbbing music played on through each night until 4 a.m.
The meeting last week was the first in person since the Joliet event among Thanas, Simon Rust Lamb, the chief operating officer at Insomniac, and Scott Paddock, president of Chicagoland Speedway.
Thanas called it a “productive meeting.” No decisions were reached on how to deal with the noise and whether the hours should be changed, he said, but “there is an agreement by all the parties that those two issues will be addressed.”
Thanas would not say whether Joliet wants the closing times to be much earlier. He said a decision on the future of the festival awaits an economic impact study that will show how many local dollars were generated by the Electric Daisy Carnival.
The event was the first such event in the Chicago area. The show travels to several major cities in the United States and also went to London last month.
Lamb issued a written statement Monday, saying Insomniac “loved” bringing the festival to Joliet, but he made no commitment to next year.
“We are still planning our 2014 calendar, but we are not yet at a point where we can make any event dates public,” he says in the statement.