As many of you may know, Sasha Rodriguez (15), passed away after collapsing at this year's edition of Electric Daisy Carnival. Two days after her passing, Coliseum officials placed a temporary moratorium on contracting any future festivals at the venue. The same officials were to meet today, July 16th, to determine whether or not EDM festivals of this caliber were to remain banned from the venue.
The hearing has come and gone and the results are out. According to Silicon Valley's MercuryNews.com, "the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum has voted to continue indefinitely a moratorium on booking raves at the historic venue..." However, the festivals that have been planned for the adjacent Sports Arena in August (Love Festival) and October (Monster Massive) will continue as planned with stricter guidelines to be followed. Both events have confirmed an 18+ age limit and ER staff will be required to be on hand rather than just Ambulances and EMTs.
Let's not let this bring us down. Instead, let's divert this energy to help educate the current scene for a more positive experience. Many of our members are supporting a new group co-founded by our very own zin and Ph0toN. SOS: Save Our Scene, in conjunction with Glowsticking.com, is committed to educating the scene through the use of various promotional materials such as buttons, flyers, and shirts as well as continually updated Facebook Pages.
As Electric Daisy Carnival 2010 came to an end, a lot of heated discussion is taking place on both glowsticking.com and the public world at large. Officials are questioning whether such large scale events should be on public property, while veteran ravers are discussion the rave scenes large popularity growth in the past few years. Here is a summary of all the major discussions.
Forums Discussions about Electric Daisy Carnival 2010
Ultracircle 2010 Review Various ultracircle participants review the 9th annual ultra circle, which has traditionally always been held at EDC.
Is it "EDC's Death"?, by Rage Rage argues that Insomniac pushed the rave scene too much into the mainstream, and that the recent influx of new ravers has lead to inexperienced ravers lowering the experience for all. Other forum members debate on why the scene has become so popular, and what is exactly the reason for the "scenes" deterioration while other veterans reminisce that this has always happened when the rave scene has gotten bigger in the past.
Media Articles about Electric Daisy Carnival 2010
Most articles about Electric Daisy Carnival from the media has focused on the crowd control and the death of a 15 year old girl at these events. In large, task forces are being formed to solve the problem, which could result in any number of changes. Given the state of the economy and the city budget woes in the country at large, Glowsticking.com predicts that most of the changes will definitely be procedural, with more strict ID checking, and crowd control and venue limiting the amount of people who can attend.
In an interview Monday, Dr. Marc Futernick, medical director of emergency services at California Hospital Medical Center, called it “unconscionable” for a publicly owned facility such as the Coliseum to host raves.
“I don’t know why our elected … leaders would allow these activities to take place,” Futernick said.
“This is basically a government-encouraged … drug fest. That’s the wrong message,” said Dr. Brian Johnston, director of the emergency room at White Memorial Medical Center. “It’s putting people at risk unnecessarily. It’s putting people’s health at risk.”
The Coliseum, built on state land, is run under the authority of a joint city, county and state commission. The Coliseum does not receive any taxpayer subsidy and is financially independent. It is expected to earn well over six figures from the weekend rave, or as much profit as a couple of USC games, said Pat Lynch, its general manager.
Lynch said the ill attendees were handled appropriately, and said the Coliseum and the organizers had been in contact with fire, police and medical agencies to prepare for the event.
“Everything was done in an orderly fashion,” Lynch said. “When you’ve got 185,000 people coming to anything, there’s incidents .… Over the course of two days, stuff happens.”
Lynch noted that police were on hand to arrest people who possessed or were selling narcotics.
“Are we happy that there’s drugs? No. But on the other hand, we take every step we can to minimize it,” said Lynch. “There’s a reason 185,000 people were here. They’re quality events. My kids came and had a ball.”