February 25, 2011 by staff
EDC 2011, Music calendar events Insomniac has indefinitely postponed his Los Angeles’ Electric Daisy Carnival, a two-day event which attracted 185,000 people at the Coliseum in Los Angeles last June, the company announced Thursday. Turbulence at the LA Coliseum Commission appears to have been at least one reason for the postponement. Neither representatives Insomniac nor Coliseum officials immediately responded to calls for questions.
“Without a signed contract in place at this time, it became impossible to guarantee all the fans and the talent that EDC can be produced here this year,” said Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella in a press release.
A young girl of 15 years died two days after attending the EDC last year. The use of ecstasy is common at such events Insomniac promotion, and the girl died because of an overdose of ecstasy consumed the weekend last year’s rave.
The death prompted a chain of events that put the Coliseum Commission, which oversees the Coliseum and Sports Arena, Exhibition, under the control ones. The Commission temporarily banned Coliseum officials to sign contracts to host raves, but later lifted the moratorium. Insomniac has begun to plan for an event for the 24 and 25 June this year, unveiled preliminary details at a meeting earlier this month. Then a change of circumstances.
The review has reached a peak a few days later, when the Los Angeles Times reported that an official Coliseum – Todd DeStefano – Insomniac has also consulted and had hired a lobbyist for his own company. The revelations led to the resignation of the Director General Patrick Lynch Coliseum and more of the nine commissioners to the decline in their support of raves.
Insomniac had planned to cap the participation this year to rave, 000 people over two days.
“Recent events have created an environment that makes electricity Daisy Carnival in appropriate locations in Los Angeles an insurmountable challenge for 2011,” press release Insomniac said. The company has chosen to hold EDC Las Vegas
Commission president David Israel with Commissioners Rick Caruso and Jerome W. Stanley has expressed their opposition against holding raves on public property.
After Thursday’s announcement, two of them told the LA Times:
“They probably made a good business decision for them,” Israel said. “Writing on the wall was as clear as graffiti.”
Caruso said: “My first reaction is good riddance.”
Commissioners Barry Sanders and Bernard Parks had vocally supported the holding of raves. Sanders suggested the importance of respecting freedom of speech and expression. Parks highlighted the economic impact of the operation postive raves in South Los Angeles
The three supervisors of the County of Los Angeles Commission – Zev Yaroslavsky, Mark Ridley-Thomas, and Don Knabe – were absent from the meeting of February. Neon Tommy had not yet asked about their thoughts to date on raves. Earlier this month, Commissioner Fabian Wesson declined comment.
The Coliseum and Sports Arena together held approximately 50 events in. Four of these events were raves, producing nearly a third of total turnover for sites that do not receive subsidies from taxpayers. EDC addition, the other raves were Monster Massive Festival Love and Together As One. Insomniac has been held at least a rave on the sites for the past 13 years.
Insomniac has tried to organize a concert at the convention center last year, but had to ask when they were the convention center is back on the contract. The suit was settled out of court. Insomniac has also regularly used the National Orange Show Events Center in San Bernardino County to keep its events.
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