Insomniac Events, the Los Angeles rave promoter under that was put under the media spotlight following its controversial Electric Daisy Carnival event at the Coliseum in June, is claiming victory after an electronic dance music concert in Texas apparently went off without a glitch over the weekend.
The promoter released a statement Tuesday claiming 25,000 fans attended its two-day Nocturnal festival outside Austin, Texas; This first Nocturnal party in Texas was deemed a “successful event.”
“We are very grateful to have been able to present this contemporary mix of arts and culture at this historic location,” stated Insomniac founder Pasquale Rotella.
In what might be seen as a dig at the city of Los Angeles, which Insomniac is suing after the Convention Center canceled a Halloween-weekend rave planned by the promoter, Rotella praised the Texas locals for their hospitality.
“We appreciate the cooperation and assistance from county and city officials in making this a safe and enjoyable event for all of our festival attendees,” said Rotella. ” … We're already thinking of ideas for next year.”
Insomniac is suing L.A. and the Convention Center over the cancellation, which was apparently inspired by problems at 'EDC' in June: Gatecrashing, drug-related arrests and the later death of a 15-year-year old girl brought bad press to the promoter and the rave scene in general.
Insomniac has since moved to an 18-and-older door policy and promises tighter security for upcoming events. The next Insomniac party, the original, Southern California edition of Nocturnal, is set for Sept. 25 at the National Orange Show Events Center in San Bernardino.