Unexpected Electric Daisy Carnival crowd may have been drawn by DJ's tweets
The movie screening for the Electric Daisy Carnival Experience had been a private, invitation-only event promoted for weeks. But a popular DJ featured in the film may have inadvertently encouraged hundreds of uninvited fans to converge on Hollywood when he tweeted about a block party, police and organizers said.
About 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, the DJ known as Kaskade tweeted to his 90,000 Twitter followers that he was heading to Grauman's Chinese Theatre for a block party: "ME+BIG SPEAKERS+MUSIC=BLOCK PARTY!!!”
Later, tweets from the DJ reflected the scene unfolding. About 7:30 p.m. he tweeted: “News choppers overhead. The man trying to shut us down. Hang on I am coming!!! This is crazy.”
Shortly thereafter, he wrote, “EVERYONE NEEDS TO GO HOME NOW! I DON'T WANT THIS TO REFLECT BADLY ON EDM OR WHAT WE ARE ABOUT. BE RESPECTFUL AND CHILL OUT!!!”
Police said they responded to hundreds of people gathered near Hollywood and Highland. They shut down Hollywood Boulevard and sent dozens of patrol cars to the area, where fans threw bottles and other objects outside the premiere.
Several people jumped onto a squad car, but police said they could not confirm reports of a squad car on fire. Insomniac Inc., the organizers behind the movie screening, issued a statement saying they were "disappointed that a small group of people would try to mar a private documentary screening."
The Electric Daisy Carnival Experience was to have its premiere Wednesday night. It would then be followed by a nationwide showing in theaters for a single night — Aug. 4 at 9 p.m. PDT — featuring electronic music popular at raves.
The movie was described by its promoters, Insomniac Events and NCM Fathom, as a “cinematic tour de force” featuring “the most popular DJs in the world, jaw-dropping visuals, heart-pounding performances” by Deadmau5, Kaskade and Will.I.Am, among others.
The movie was based on the Electric Daisy Carnival, an all-night dancing party, or rave, featuring electronic music that has been held for 15 years across the country.
Its premiere event had long been held in Los Angeles, but that came to a close in 2010, after a 15-year-old girl who attended the event at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum overdosed on Ecstasy, fell into a coma and died.
After the girl’s death, the Electric Daisy Carnival drew scrutiny for the scores of people who were arrested at the event and the scores transported to local hospitals for treatment of drug intoxication. The Electric Daisy Carnival in Dallas in June also came under scrutiny after a 19-year-old attendee later died of a drug overdose.
-- Sam Quinones, Andrew Blankstein and Rong-Gong Lin II
Photo: A little symbol of love for the LAPD on Hollywood Boulevard. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times