Apparently the controversy surrounding the Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) has proven a bit too much for event promoters and as a result this years EDC will be moving to “Sin City.” Originally scheduled for June 24-25, 2011 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, but due to the events checkered past and the controversy that led to the abrupt resignation of the LA Coliseum manager Patrick Lynch, EDC promoters have decided to move the event to Las Vegas. Following the death of a 15-year-old Sasha Rodriguez, multiple arrest and several people being hospitalized for possible drugs overdoses at last years event, the Coliseum Commission had imposed a temporary ban on “Raves” during a review process. This ban was later lifted and it appeared that EDC was back on track and as part of the agreement with the Coliseum Commission, EDC promoters promised to display anti drug advertisements, distribute flyers warning of unsafe behavior and beef up their efforts to keep underage individuals from entering the event.
In addition to new safety measures Insomniac’s founder Pasquale Rotella (promoter of EDC), agreed to set a cap for attendees to 75,000 people per night during this two day event. This compared to last years event which drew between 85,000 to 100,000 people. Furthermore, EDC promoters hit a snag when allegations of a conflict of interest between Lynch’s top assistant and Insomniac Productions surfaced. Patrick Lynch stated that there was no conflict of interest by allowing his event manager Todd DeStefano to work for both the LA Coliseum and Insomniac Productions. As the Coliseum commissioners were set to have a meeting to discuss the conflict of interest allegations, Lynch submitted his letter of resignation. The Coliseum commissioners unanimously accepted Lynch’s resignation and with EDC hanging in limbo without a contract, Rotella decided to move the event to another venue citing the following:
“Without an executed contract in place at this time, it has become impossible to guarantee to all of the fans and talent that EDC can be produced at this venue this year.”
-Pasquale Rotella, CEO of Insomniac Productions.
Coliseum Commissioner Rick Caruso is quite pleased to see the EDC leave Los Angeles, due to the number of police and fire resources needed for the event. Caruso’s concern is that it may put other parts of the city at risk due to lack of resources during these large events. Battalion Chief Michael Bowman is quoted as saying that “Raves” are inherently high risk however he was confident that the additional safety measures would make for a successful event. Former LAPD Police Chief now Councilmember Bernard Parks is a proponent of the events stating that these gatherings bring mainstream performers to the area and that it is not unusual for the city to spend money on additional police and fire personnel for special events. It will be interesting so see how this story develops and the impact it will have on the future of large scale “Raves” in Los Angeles.