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Electric Daisy Carnival promoter Insomniac Events hires new security team to oversee safety protocols

Electric Daisy Carnival promoter Insomniac Events on Friday announced the hiring of a new security team to oversee protocols for all of its upcoming events. The Electric Daisy Carnival at Exposition Park and the L.A. Coliseum was hammered with criticism when a 15-year-old girl died of a suspected overdose a few days after attending the June 24-25 event.

In the aftermath, YouTube clips depicting the chaos at the EDC, including dozens, if not hundreds, of fans scaling security fences separating different tiers of the Coliseum, revealed a problematic security system. The clips, along with the death, resulted in the city banning such events from city-owned properties.

The statement reads as follows:

Insomniac Events has hired Investigative Advisory Group (IAG), a consulting firm that has experience creating overall safety and security protocols for large venues, to analyze Insomniac's current and proposed safety protocols and procedures for the company's music festivals throughout the United States. These safety protocols will create new standard operating procedures adapted to the new challenges involved in music festivals, including Electric Daisy Carnival.

These recommendations will further augment guest safety by building on Insomniac's existing protocols, which include extensive advance planning with local governments and public safety authorities, including fire and police departments.

Effective immediately, Insomniac has also established an "18 and older" policy for all of the company's dance music festivals until such time as Insomniac implements IAG's recommended standard operating procedures. Insomniac has purchased handheld ID scanners, which will be used at all future "18 and older" Insomniac events. Insomniac will refund the full ticket price to anyone under the age of 18 who has already purchased tickets to upcoming Insomniac dance music festivals.

Ticketholders under the age of 18 can send an email to refunds@insomniac.com detailing their name, phone number and the name of the event and outlet where they bought the ticket (e.g. Ticketmaster, GrooveTickets, or retail store).

"All the wonderful people who help make our events so special deserve not only the best entertainment, but the most comprehensive safety and security measures available. We are confident that Investigative Advisory Group will provide the right additions to our existing procedures, and help us to continue to raise the bar for music events," says Pasquale Rotella, Insomniac's CEO. "Over the past 17 years, Insomniac has created some of the largest and most successful dance music festivals in North America. We love our community and strive to be the best at what we do, and this includes event safety.

"Though dance music is enjoyed by people of all ages, we are introducing an 18 and older policy at our events as we await Investigative Advisory Group's recommendations. Insomniac remains committed to providing a place for our guests to celebrate safely, and we plan to share our findings with all of our event venues."

We'll keep you posted on updated news.

-- Randall Roberts

Comments () | Archives (4)

"It's kind of disturbing how quick you guys were to turn on eachother its like ravers have split up into 2 seperate groups

the side that wants everything 18+
and the side that thinks it should be all ages/16+

its pretty funny how alot of people calling for 18+ started raving before they were 18 i think thats a little hypocritical just saying

i just think we shouldnt let the powers that be (i guess you'd say) turn us against eachother we are all in this together and regardless of age we all make mistakes, i just think it's wrong to sever a whole group from our community when they love and care about edm just as much as we adults do!

instead of having the 18+ age limit i say we have a decency policy or something so that ATLEAST underage girls (if not adults too) cant go to raves looking like whores (if that makes sense)


It's ridiculous that Insomniac is making its music festivals 18+. I mean, the underage girl that died at EDC wouldn't even have been there if they were checking IDs from the beginning. They said it was 16+ but I never heard of anyone being carded when they bought their ticket or when they entered the festival.

On the other hand, I can see why the 18+ crowd agrees with this. No one wants a bunch of underage e-tards squidding out a rave.

Good point by showtime... but it should really be 2 groups:

1 - ravers who try to embody the ideals of the culture--PLUR for sure, a love for the music, and care for one another and all the good things in life in general, and

2 - those who seek to be chaotic and reckless, thoughtless and rude party-goers, who care nothing for the scene or the culture.

Well, I suppose few really embody such evil, but putting it out there as much easier to see in such the way that I've presented it. The second group must go. The question is: how can it be done? Education? Peer pressure? Propaganda? Apparently, some think that removing those under 18 will accomplish this to at least some extent. I don't agree.

Just want to put the blame where it needs to be, though an answer is very hard to come by.

they should make it 16 and over and actually ID people.because that was the problem these past few years.
and that 15 year old isnt the only person in history to ever die at an event.
people die every year.ive seen first hand.
they only made a big deal out of it cause she was under aged.
i dont think its fair for the people who are sober ravers.
im 17 and i already planned out my trip to vegas for this event.
it was a big let down hearing it was still 18+
just saying.


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