Category: Electric Daisy Carnival

Second night of Electric Daisy Carnival thwarted by high winds

For the estimated 90,000 Electric Daisy Carnival fans at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday night, there were very few things that could have kept them from hearing their favorite DJs. It appears that one of those things was blustery desert winds, however.

Around 1 a.m. last night, Electric Daisy's promoters and Las Vegas public safety officials decided to send all festival-goers off the field and into the stands as a safety precaution, given the high winds and the large temporary stages and structures that filled the infield. At 2:45 a.m., promoters decided to keep them in the stands for the rest of the night out of safety concerns, effectively cancelling much of the experience for ticketholders.

Fans arriving around that time were turned away at the gate by police, and those already inside could stay in the bleacher area until 5:30 a.m., around the time of the last listed sets. Sets by major headliners including Avicii and Tiesto were affected by the field-clearing, which promoter Insomniac said they only undertook with "an abundance of caution and with fan safety in mind."

The full statement from the promoters below, and we will update this post as we learn more about what happened.

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Atlantic's Craig Kallman talks on Big Beat, electronic dance music


This post has been updated, as indicated below.

Giving the keynote address at the inaugural EDMBiz conference in Las Vegas, a confab about electronic dance music, Craig Kallman of Big Beat Records said it was a thrill to see the music business come back around to the artistry of the DJ.

One of the biggest imprints in today's dance music, indie record label Big Beat was founded by Kallman in 1987 when he was an avowed house scene gadfly. It turned heads in the New York electronica scene before eventually folding into Doug Morris' Atlantic Records in the early '90s, bringing with it a roster of dance and hip-hop artists. Kallman eventually rose to become chairman and chief executive of Atlantic Records, and his ascent at the company dovetailed neatly with the popular rise of the electronic dance music that was his first passion.

So when Atlantic wanted an imprint focused on EDM in 2010, reviving Big Beat seemed an obvious answer. It clearly worked -- it's home to Skrillex, possibly the most vital artist in electronica right now, alongside a stable of cred-building dance bands (Metronomy, Chromeo) and singles-smashing producers (Martin Solveig).

"If you slice me open, I'm just a house DJ inside," he said. The return of Big Beat was "born out of the incredible innovation coming out of the electronic music space. The technology is so advanced and producers are crafting such exciting sounds. It's been such an interesting migration of creativity, and this was a moment to activate it again. The first person we identified for it was Sonny Moore, who became such a transformational artist as Skrillex."

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Electric Daisy Carnival makes its Las Vegas return official

Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas

Those holding out hope that Electric Daisy Carnival would soon return to Los Angeles can consider those dreams quashed. The three-day dance-driving extravaganza will return to Las Vegas in 2012, once again holding court at  the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Dates are set for the weekend of June 8, 2012, and tickets go on sale early, with three-day passes available beginning Nov. 1 and starting at $215. A VIP option is also available for $500, and single-day tickets will go on sale at a later date.

Promoted by Insomniac Events, Electric Daisy had worked with the L.A. Memorial Coliseum for 13 years before heading to Sin City for the 2011 edition. The 2010 Coliseum affair was mired in controversy, and resulted in the creation of a rave task force to take a closer look at festival safety and drug use.

Las Vegas, however, has taken quite nicely to Electric Daisy. "EDC in 2011 provided a tremendous boost to our local economy," said Chris Powell, president of the speedway. "Additionally, the promoter of EDC, Insomniac, demonstrated that it operates a well-organized, safe and secure event."

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Critic's notebook: 'Electric Daisy Carnival Experience' doc offers another view

Kevin Kerslake said he wanted filmgoers to experience the celebratory side of the Electric Daisy Carnival. But what they won’t see is the festival’s dark, chaotic side. Call it a missed opportunity.

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On the evening of the premiere last week of his documentary “Electric Daisy Carnival Experience,” director Kevin Kerslake was standing in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre watching a would-be impromptu DJ set by one of the film’s stars, Kaskade, fall into chaos as hordes of fans descended on Hollywood Boulevard.

Kerslake and his team had spent more than a year editing down 700-plus hours of lively footage from the 2010 Electric Daisy Carnival dance music festival at the Coliseum into a two-hour behind-the-scenes look at the annual party, and he watched as a riot squad walked up.

“One of the first things I saw was a kid dancing in the street and a shotgun basically pointed at his head,” recalled Kerslake.

Over the next few days, the quickly contained melee landed on national news, and two prominent theater chains, AMC and Regal, canceled their scheduled showings of the one-night national screening of “Electric Daisy Carnival Experience,” set to take place Thursday on 84 screens (down from 520). The film traces the events of that weekend of the 2010 festival — or at least one version of the events of EDC 2010, which itself made headlines after the death of a 15-year-old girl who attended the event and after chaotic footage of rowdy fans rushing the gates appeared on YouTube. That event, deservedly or not, linked the EDC brand and the company that promotes it, Insomniac Events, not to a celebration of dancing, music and community, but, in part, to trouble.

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'Electric Daisy' showings canceled by Regal and AMC theaters after Hollywood melee

Two theater chains, Regal and AMC, are not allowing the "Electric Daisy Carnival Experience" documentary to reach their screens after an unruly crowd gathered and had to be dispersed by police at the film's premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

PHOTOS: Rowdy crowd at Electric Daisy Carnival screening

Blame for the riot is a hotly debated topic. Many call attention to the promise of a free block-party performance tweeted by a "disappointed" DJ Kaskade. Despite a peaceful performance by Lady Gaga in the same area the night after, the near-riot has caused unwanted attention for the film and spurred the theater chains to action, citing "the incident in Los Angeles." L.A. Now has the news, including this line from a statement sent out by Insomniac Events Inc., which promoted the "Electric Daisy Carnival":

"It is extremely disheartening that some theaters wrongly associated an unaffiliated 'block party,' and its disorderly crowd, with the private screening of the film."


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Near-riot in Hollywood: Debate over who is to blame

Lady Gaga fans line up early for Hollywood concert

-- Jevon Phillips

Photo:  A police line goes across Hollywood Boulevard after they dispersed a crowd that became unruly at the "Electric Daisy Carnival Experience" film premiere. Credit: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Kaskade issues statement on Hollywood 'Electric Daisy' near-riot

DJ Kaskade has released a statement following Wednesday night's near-riot in Hollywood. The DJ, attempting to draw attention to the premiere of the documentary "Electric Daisy Carnival Experience," tweeted to his followers to join him for an impromptu street party in Hollywood.

Kaskade, who is scheduled to return to Europe on Thursday, released a statement Thursday morning regarding the events of the previous night.

"I'm incredibly disappointed that last night ended the way it did. It's unfortunate that a few disrespectful people turned what was supposed to be a celebration of music into a regrettable event. This is not what EDM is about." Pop & Hiss has left messages with Kaskade, and we'll keep you posted if we hear back.

Near-riot ends Kaskade gig at Electric Daisy Carnival film premiere

Unexpected Electric Daisy Carnival crowd may have been drawn by DJ's tweets

Fans turned away at Electric Daisy film throw bottles, other objects

-- Randall Roberts

Photo: Kaskade performs at a pool club in 2010 in Las Vegas. Credit: Isaac Brekken/Los Angeles Times

'Electric Daisy' premiere: Video shows LAPD car being vandalized

Wondering just how chaotic the scene got during the near-riot on Wednesday night on Hollywood Boulevard? A video just popped up on YouTube that provides more insight into the melee, which occurred prior to the premiere of the new documentary "Electric Daisy Carnival Experience" when DJ Kaskade invited all of his Twitter followers to an impromptu street party.

When an unexpectedly large percentage of them accepted his invite, they overwhelmed the neighborhood and police came to Hollywood Boulevard.

The video below, shot from the Roosevelt Hotel, shows what happened to one LAPD car.

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Electric Daisy Carnival premiere: Eyewitness accounts of Kaskade's appearance

Nina Lopez had gone with friends to see DJ Kaskade play a surprise set near Hollywood & Highland in  Hollywood after hearing about it through Twitter. Kaskade pulled up on a large flatbed truck about 6:30 p.m., an hour before the premiere of "Electric Daisy Carnival Experience," a documentary about the big electronic music party of the same name, was to begin at Grauman's Chinese Theatre.

Kaskade appears prominently in the film, so when he arrived, recalled Lopez, a massive crowd descended on the vehicle and filled the middle of the street. Lopez said this lasted for about an hour before police arrived.

Once it was clear the show was not going to happen, Lopez said fans and bystanders who had amassed in the streets started to become agitated at the police presence. “Everyone was [angry],” Lopez said, adding that the crowd "was completely peaceful. Yeah, we shut the street down, but we were only there to see Kaskade and check out the show. That’s it.”

Photos: Disturbance outside the Hollywood film premiere

By about 7:30, two LAPD helicopters were circling the area with spotlights as police cordoned off a perimeter on Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and La Brea Avenues.

A line of officers in helmets and riot gear stood near Hollywood Boulevard, and other officers were ordering crowds to disperse by 8:15 p.m. As helicopters hovered, groups of bystanders gathered near the corner of Sycamore Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard. They taunted police and flashed peace signs. A few crowd members taunted the police by "planking" in the middle of Hollywood.

According to LAPD Sgt. Omar Cedre, the premiere, combined with turnout from Kaskade's set, overwhelmed what wasn't expected to be a major film opening.

“You have a lot of good people here mixed in with some bad ones, and this is what you get,” Sgt. Cedre said. He confirmed that non-lethal bean bags were fired towards the crowd, but that no injuries were reported.

Andrei Glickstein of Hollywood said he’d watched Kaskade’s flatbed truck being chased by fans down Hollywood Boulevard before turning left on Highland, and then stopping. He watched for about an hour as the crowd grew. Standing on a nearby street corner near Hollywood and Orange, he ran through film he’d shot of the police barricades colliding with the crowds.

“It was wild to see the whole thing unfold,” Glickstein said.


Near-riot ends Kaskade gig at Electric Daisy Carnival film premiere

Unexpected Electric Daisy Carnival crowd may have been drawn by DJ's tweets

Fans turned away at Electric Daisy film throw bottles, other objects

-- Nate Jackson

Photo: Scene in Hollywood on Wednesday night. Credit Jay Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Electric Daisy Carnival, Saturday night: Las Vegas descends on the Motor Speedway


Electronic dance music, at least the kind represented at this weekend's Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, is obsessed with noise. Be it within the commercial end of electro and house music, where on Friday and Saturday night the heavy-hitters at the three-night annual festival, including Tiesto, Benny Benassi, David Guetta, all weaved dissonant tones into their tightly structured house music-based rhythms, or in the hard, distorted electro of Steve Aoki and LA Riots, or in the heavy-duty bass music of Rusko, Skrillex and Bassnectar, the sounds filling eardrums at the carnival arrived with an abrasiveness far removed from the smooth progressive house and post-trance filling clubs and parties in years prior.

Images from Electric Daisy Carnival 2011 in Las Vegas

In Chicago house DJ Green Velvet's astounding Saturday set, all was quiet except the heartbeat bump of his Roland 808 rhythm until a staticky hiss started seeping into the track like the bass had just sprung a leak.

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Electric Daisy Carnival, night one: Las Vegas Motor Speedway plays host to America's biggest rave


In the above photo, bottom left, where it looks like a burning sunrise, is actually Calvin Harris. No, the stage isn't engulfed in flames, any more so than the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, playing first-time host to the Electric Daisy Carnival, was even remotely the panic-inducing threat to American society it was built up to be.

There was no chaos from the ravers, except in the pit during Steve Aoki's aggro-big beat set at 3 a.m., and, yes, inside the scrambled brains of some of the more chemically enhanced members of the 70,000 attendees of night one of the three-night massive electronic music festival. But that level of over-intoxication didn't seem any more prevalent at EDC than at other festivals of its size.

Previous installments of the annual music festival took place at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum in downtown Los Angeles, but partially as a result of last summer's death of a 15-year-old girl who had attended the party and the resulting scrutiny, the company that produces the festival, Insomniac Productions, moved the the carnival to Vegas -- specifically, the Motor Speedway. If there's one city that can handle this crowd, it's Vegas authorities, who have to deal with adrenaline addicts all day every day; and if there's a venue to hold the masses, it's a raceway, which sees car crashes way worse than a few drug addled college kids.

There was a lot of adrenaline during night one, beginning with the stressful, two-hour wait at Gate A in a scene that nearly turned sour when barriers and gates failed to properly organize the masses, and scrums of people -- hundreds of them, frustrated after having to wait nearly two hours to enter -- pushed toward the entrances. Search procedures designed to stop illicit substances from entering the premises served mostly to slow down entry; whiffs of weed smoke provided evidence that the system didn't capture nearly everything it sought to -- but barring strip searches, how could they?

Once inside, though, the scale became clear: this was a massive undertaking, a larger version of what Insomniac produced in Los Angeles, or the other Carnivals that the company continues to hold in other cities throughout the country, including Dallas and Denver: a rave as county fair, with rides, a funhouse, fireworks, booze and multiple stages for music. You could find hot dogs and hamburgers, lemonade and Bud Light. You halfway expected to see REO Speedwagon on the showbill.

Except that the music was the furthest from classic rock one could be. Rather, it was the hearbeat pound of electronic dance music, and rather than ending near midnight, EDC was just getting started: be it Royksopp's groovy, downtempo house music; Skream and Benga's innard-rumbling dubstep; Tiesto's surprisingly bouncy and unannoying trance-house set; Richie Hawtin's deep excursions into minimal bass music; or, in the best set of the night, Calvin Harris's insanely fun and danceable set (see above).

Pop & Hiss is headed back to the Speedway in a few hours to hit night number two, and we'll provide an overview tomorrow, as well as thoughts on the music presented throughout the weekend.

The good news: according to the Las Vegas Police Department, there were no serious incidents last night.


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-- Randall Roberts

Photo: Electric Daisy Carnival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Friday, June 24. Photo: Randall Roberts





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