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Insomniac Shouldn’t Be Held Responsible For The “Standby” Incident

Earlier this week EDC tickets went on sale! But only in a perfect world do things run smoothly, and as much as Insomniac tries, they can’t make everyone happy. If you are not aware of what I am talking about, here’s what happened and why you should not be upset with Insomniac.

On Tuesday September 8th, Insomniac announced the tickets for the 20th anniversary of the Electric Daisy Carnival would go on sale on Monday September 21st, at 12 PM, Pacific Standard time. Fast forward a few weeks to that Monday at 11:55 and most of us were on our phones, tablets, computers, etc. waiting for 12 to strike. Finally it hit and we all went to Ticketmaster and it directed us to EDC’s official site, then we saw it. “Hold Tight! You’re on standby.” And at first it built up the excitement, knowing how close you are to getting those tickets, but then 5 minutes passed, then 10, then 15, then you start to get annoyed. Wondering if your internet is being slow or what. Some of us even had multiple devices searching for tickets at the same time! Then at 12:30 I checked Twitter to see if they addressed the “Standby” issue, only to see “Early Owl Tickets are officially sold out!” Boy was I super annoyed! Then finally! At 12:50 I was able to get in and get my ticket. I was upset I had to pay for the Later Owl prices, but at least I didn’t have to pay the extra tax.  

Standby picture

Standby picture

On January 1st, 2004, the state of Nevada passed the Live Entertainment Tax law. Which required special events in Nevada to pay an extra 5-10% in taxes. When EDC moved to Las Vegas in 2011, the tax didn’t apply to them, but starting on October 1st, 2015, it will. Insomniac made a decision that honestly they didn’t need to, but they did because it was the right thing. They put tickets on sale before the deadline, allowing us to avoid this tax.

So where did it go wrong? Well Insomniac was not prepared for what happened, and why would they? They have never dealt with this before. Their website can only have so many people on it at once, so even though we were all there at 12, it is first come first serve. Sure, we didn’t get the Early Bird tickets (unless you did get one), and yes; we were on standby forever. But, we can’t hold Insomniac responsible for what happened. They tried to help, and allow us to purchase our tickets before the tax went into effect, we should still be appreciative for what they did. We will all attend EDC, and we will all have a great time, and knowing Pasquale he will probably do something to make up for it, that’s just how he is. Until then, Keep Loving & Keep Raving.

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