See more photos from Wednesday night in “Kraddy Plays Low End Theory, Fire Department, LAPD Shut Down Party.”
A Lincoln Heights dance club was shut down temporarily early Thursday as a result of alleged overcrowding, according to witnesses and authorities. It's the second such club closure since Friday, when fire and police officials put the brakes on an electronic dance event at Avalon Hollywood.
What's happening? At the same time some city and county leaders recently endorsed massive raves at public venues despite concerns from police that drug crimes at the events is out of hand.
2419 N. Broadway, celebrate the intersection of hip-hop and electronic dance music, including dubstep. It's been a stage for the internationally celebrated artist Flying Lotus.
At 12:14 a.m. Thursday, however, fire officials responded to possible reports of overcrowding at the venue, according to Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Witnesses said police came after and told people to go home.
An artist named Kraddy was celebrating the release of an EP and was a few songs into a DJ set when a fire inspector, who he said had been watching the scene, stepped onto the stage and told him he was playing the last song of the evening.
“He said this is the last song,” Kraddy, a.k.a 36-year-old Matthew Kratz, said. “That was brutal. Definitely it was packed, though.”
Other sources told the Weekly that four fire trucks and two police cars were outside the club as patrons filed out.
On Friday some club-goers outside Avalon threw rocks and bottles at police who responded to reports of too many people trying to get into the 1,350-capacity venue, which was apparently full.
That night electronic artist Dada Life was performing.