“We experienced a dreadful disaster in Las Vegas a couple weeks ago, and in light of that we had to change course,” Rehan Choudhry says, describing why his Emerge Effect + Music Conference has actually postponed its inaugural edition from this fall to spring 2018. “I have no doubt in my mind that this is the event that we have to be introducing and Vegas is absolutely the city we have to do it in, but we’re refocusing our efforts on aiding with the recovery in your area and then launching when Las Vegas will remain in the best position to receive it.”
Emerge, which had planned to bring 100 increasing music acts, 30 speakers and a roster of big-name curators like The Killers, Envision Dragons and Kaskade to locations on and near the Strip from November 16-18, will rather debut next year. Choudhry says the host sites– Brooklyn Bowl, the Acid Rock Hotel and others– will stay the very same, as will the managers, and that many of the initial acts will get involved regardless of the revised dates. “The scope of the occasion has not altered at all,” he states. “A portion of the artists will stay onboard, and then we’ll fill any spaces we have over the next couple of months.”
Choudhry states all ticket holders will automatically be released refunds and will then be given concern to buy passes for the new dates when they go on sale.
Meanwhile, Choudhry says, during its original November weekend Emerge will host a performance at Brooklyn Bowl benefitting victims of the Route 91 Harvest shooting. Details for that occasion– including the date and participating artists– will be unveiled in the coming weeks.
As for whether concerns over security played a part in his choice to postpone, Choudhry says: “I have an incredible faith that the city and county, City and all of our casino partners are doing whatever they can to guarantee the safety of visitors. I believe than when Emerge introduces it’ll be a safe and safe occasion.”