The organizer of the giant Electric Daisy Carnival rave at the L.A. Coliseum, where this year a 15-year old girl died of a suspected drug overdose, is suing L.A. for not allowing his company, Insomniac Inc., to host a Tiesto show at the L.A. Convention Center in October.
Company founder Pasquale Rotella compared L.A., which is closely examining whether to allow raves at public facilities following the Electric Daisy Carnival debacle, to “Footloose.” That's the one about the town where dancing is illegal, but Kevin Bacon's character rebels, and pretty soon everyone is dancing to awful Kenny Loggins tunes, or something. John Lithgow is in it. For the record, a single Tiesto show at the convention center does seem a bit different than 200,000 people over two long days at the Coliseum.
Check out a slide show of Electric Daisy Carnival.
From our colleague Dennis Romero's report in the aftermath of the June festivities:
Electric Daisy Carnival drew as many as 200,000 people over two days and marketed itself as an event for those 16-and-older, but a source who worked at the event told the Weekly that IDs were not checked.
Indeed, video depicts dozens upon dozens of gatecrashers plowing over barriers to get into the party that featured Will.i.am, Moby and Deadmau5, among many other other DJs and dance music acts. More than 200 medical emergencies were reported, and 60 arrests, mostly on suspicion of drug-related offenses, were made by Los Angeles police.
A county task force is being formed this month to reconsider how raves are organized and policed at public venues such as the Los Angeles Coliseum, where EDC took place.
-With reporting from City News Service. Got news? Email us.