Insomniac Events has been working on securing Winston Farm, the site of Woodstock ‘94, as the location for its 2014 Electric Daisy Carnival in New York. Organizers presented their ideas for the Memorial Day Weekend festival last week to the Saugerties town board, which seems supportive of the project in general. Insomniac, still waiting for the apporpriate permits from the town, is proposing a three-day camping festival with four to seven stages, art installations, carnival rides, and food and drink stands. Unlike Woodstock ’94 which hosted over 350,000 guests, Insomniac says it would cap attendance at 75,000.
The past two editions of the New York iteration of the festival were held at MetLife Stadium in Northern New Jersey and CitiField in Queens but Insomniac hopes to move the party to upstate New York. On relocating the festival, Insomniac founder and CEO Pasquale Rotella stated, “What’s great about this, is when you do destination festivals you tend to get a much better crowd than when you’re in the middle of a city.”
Insomniac has stressed that the festival will work with the local community. Simon Lamb, Insomniac COO, commented, “Insomniac understands it would be a guest in Saugerties and wants the experience to be beneficial for fans and the community . . . The location’s beautiful and we think that it could be a really wonderful relationship.” Pasquale Rotella has assured local officials that Insomniac will implement traffic and security plans to reduce the festival’s impact on the community.