LAS VEGAS – Tickets for Las Vegas' massive, three-day Electric Daisy Carnival are going on sale six months ahead of the event.
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The 2015 electronic dance music festival featuring DJs, art installations, carnival rides, on-site weddings and other attractions is scheduled to return June 19-21 to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It's been held in Las Vegas since 2011, and about 134,000 people attended each day of this year's event.
Insomniac, the festival's organizer, said it would start selling three-day passes at noon PST Monday. Tickets start at $329 plus service fees, while a VIP pass costs $699. Payment plans are available to those who don't want to pay the lump sum at once.
Festivalgoers spent nearly $157 million on food, hotels, gambling, transportation and entertainment, according to an economic study commissioned by organizers.
The study conducted by Beacon Economics for Insomniac found that the festival had a nearly $338 million economic impact on Clark County once indirect benefits were factored in. That amount included Insomniac's spending to produce the event, except what it paid to hire performers.
Beacon's staff considered surveys of tens of thousands of festivalgoers and information supplied by organizers to produce the economic impact, Insomniac said in a statement.
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State and local governments received $19.9 million in tax revenue from the event, Insomniac said.
The company also donated $90,000 this year to Las Vegas charities, including the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Nevada, the Injured Police Officers Fund and the Emergency Medicine Resident Research Fund, which helps train medical students on staffing large-scale events.
The event promotes an anti-drug policy and searches attendees for contraband, but drug-related deaths and arrests have occurred. This year, three men visiting Vegas for the festival died after ingesting drugs during the event weekend.
A 25-year-old from Washington was found dead in his Las Vegas Strip hotel room. A 24-year-old from California died after being transported from the festival to the hospital. And a 21-year-old, also from California, died days after being found unconscious in a home he rented for the weekend with friends.