Walking out onto the Las Vegas Motor Speedway during Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas is one of the most universally beloved festival experiences of our era, but this year thousands of attendees were denied such an opportunity. A staggering number of electronic music fans who opted for secondary ticket sources after the event sold out were turned away at the gate after being informed that fake wristbands had been sold to them.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, a portion of the wristbands were those from previous editions of Electric Daisy Carnival, and others were falsely reported as lost or stolen and then sold after their RFID chips had been invalidated. In either instance, running them over the scanners at each entrance to the festival resulted in each machine flashing a red light instead of a green one, signalling to security that the guest should not be allowed into the event.
With any luck, the spike in ticket resale fraud during Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas 2016 will cause promoters to redouble their efforts towards preventing such activities. In the meantime, exercise caution when paying for tickets to any live music event and look online for information on any potential scams before making a purchase.