Tickets never went on sale and promotions were never staged, but a planned headlining concert by electronic artist Tiësto is the center of a seven-figure civil suit filed against the city of Los Angeles on Friday. Local dance promoter Insomniac Inc. claims the city breached its contract when it canceled what would have been an Oct. 30 concert by the well-known trance artist in the West Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center.
On Monday, the mayor’s office referred requests for comments to the convention center, and a spokeswoman for the facility said no statement or comment would be forthcoming. In its filing, Insomniac — the company that also staged the now-controversial two-day Electric Daisy Carnival in and around L.A. Memorial Coliseum in late June — claims that the city did not have proper cause to terminate the concert, for which tickets were to go on sale Aug. 17.
Insomniac writes in its complaint that the city cited the rampant use of the drug Ecstasy at Electric Daisy, as well as the death of a teenage girl who attended the concert and died of a suspected overdose, as its reasons for calling off the Tiësto appearance. In its claims for damages, Insomniac cited more than a dozen recent deaths at or after major music or sporting events, including that of a 27-year-old man who died after being punched at a Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim game, essentially arguing that the Tiësto appearance was unfairly singled out because of public perceptions of dance and electronic rave-like concerts.
“Events like [Electric Daisy] and the Tiësto concert are held at legal venues and are planned in conjunction with law enforcement and medical personnel,” reads the claim. “[The Convention Center’s] unilateral termination of the contract will send the wrong message by suppressing the popularization of electronic music, encouraging it to revert back to its underground, unsafe beginnings.”
Insomniac is asking for damages of at least $1,015,180, citing a loss of profit of $436,250 and an estimated production cost of $668,750. Court documents state that Tiësto was guaranteed $250,000 for the single-night event. The artist’s management, Complete Control, did not respond to requests for comment.
Insomniac, which promoted five sold-out Tiësto shows in and around Los Angeles in 2008 and 2009, noted that its planned convention center event was no different from Sunday’s concert at the Hollywood Bowl, which featured dance act the Chemical Brothers.
The promoter of the troubled Electric Daisy Carnival rave last month, where a 15-year-old who later died apparently took ecstasy, is moving to an 18-and-older format for his next big event, the Audiotistic Festival July 24 at the National Orange Show Events Center San Bernardino.
“What he’s doing for the first time is he’s going to 18-and-over,” Dan Jimenez, general manager of the Orange Show venue, told LA Weekly. “He felt bad that someone of that age was there.”
Electric Daisy Carnival drew as many as 200,000 people over two days and marketed itself as an event for those 16-and-older, but a source who worked at the event told the Weekly that IDs were not checked.
Check out this report we found from KTLA 5 on EDC
We are now only 46 days away from the Electric Daisy Festival. So I just thought I’d share the official EDC Commercial with you. This year is going to be insane!
EDC brought in a reported 135,000 people both days combined! Making EDC one of the largest events of its kind.
“It was a great experience for us, and we saw the benefits on many fronts,” Rotella said of the addition of a second day, during a telephone conversation. “But from a production point of view the two-day EDC works much better. It was always a shame for me that in the past we’d get really involved in a show — picking the art installations, setting up the stage production and sound — and then when the crowd arrived, it was a 12-hour rush for everyone to experience it all and get their groove on. With a two-day festival, people have time to take it all in.”
“This year there’s a lot more ground,” said Rotella. “We’ve had the same basic layout for the past three years, but this time there’s a bigger footprint. We’ll have two main stages — an A Stage and a B stage — and are using a lot of area that we haven’t used before. Last year was a little too crowded on Saturday — Friday was perfect. I don’t like it when people are bumping elbows the whole time. With this new footprint, people will be able to breathe.”
Line Up So far, More will be added
Armin van Buuren
Swedish House Mafia
Above & Beyond
Fedde Le Grand
Armand Van Helden
Claude von Stroke
Bart B More
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So as some of you may have already heard, EDC “Electric Daisy Carnival” 2010 now closes at 2am both Friday and Saturday. I still haven’t confirmed exactly the reason for this but from what i’ve heard Los Angeles is passing a new law this year which causes all events in the LA area to close at 2am. Also on top of that EDC now as an age limit, 16 and up to enter. I’ll add an update about this post when I find out more info! I also will be posting the full EDC line up as soon as its released!
Sorry about the week lag on posting! Ill be sure to be more frequent with my posts! (:
So we just released our new layout on our NiteLifeDesigns.com techno rave blog! Let us know what you think! (:
Also we added a videos page on the site. This video page will update every month and show the top ten light shows we receive. Simply go the the link listed below, submit your url and if we like it enough you’ll see your video on the site(: