Insomniac CEO Vows To Fight EDC Citations, City Looks To Better Investigate Events It Books

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Kevin Todora
One scene at Saturday night's Electric Daisy Carnival at Fair Park in Dallas.
Yesterday, city officials announced that they had slapped Electric Daisy Carnival organizers Insomniac Events with seven citations for their event in Fair Park on Saturday night -- two for overcrowding, two more for failure to obtain a count of occupants, and three for obstruction of justice.

Today, after having released a statement earlier this week bemoaning the death that had occurred at the festival as a "tragedy," Insomniac Events CEO and founder Pasquale Rotella has issued a second statement -- this one to the local NBC affiliate, refuting the city's claims that event organizers had done anything to breach their contract.

"Insomniac works closely with local public safety officials in each City where we operate to make our events safe and we greatly appreciate their involvement in the planning process. Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our fans. Given that the venue was permitted to hold 42,972 people and our event hosted 23,600 we did not violate any laws and plan to appeal these unwarranted claims.Citations were accepted from the Fire Department in Dallas. The citations were unwarranted and Insomniac will challenge the validity of each in court."

The city has already stated it reasons for believing that Insomniac's festival had, in fact, allowed its indoor stages to exceed pre-determined capacity volumes.

Much else remains up in the air at this point, as well -- including whether the city would welcome Electric Daisy Carnival's return in 2012, or whether Insomniac would even elect to, given the circumstances surrounding this year's event.

"It's too early to tell," Dallas city spokesman Frank Librio tells DC9.

In a report that aired on the 10 o'clock news last night, Dallas mayor Dwaine Carraway told the local CBS affiliate that the city needs to do a better job investigating the events it books.

Repeated calls and emails to Insomniac Events have gone unanswered, and we're currently awaiting word from the mayor's office on the city's plans moving forward in its relationship with the Electric Daisy Carnival Promoters.


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Vu-Pearl Nguyen
Vu-Pearl Nguyen

Dallas is weaksauce... Las Vegas first time hosting this year was a hit, and they had 3 nights with not 23 thousand but add another zero :: 230,000 in attendance and sold out hotels like crazy. If Dallas worked better with the event promoters, imagine the city revenue. No wonder the city has a budget crisishttp://www.lvrj.com/business/t...

Celeste_rebz31
Celeste_rebz31

who cares?!?!?!? just bring EDC back to Dallas Texas!! POINT BLANK!!

SoCal
SoCal

 @8a92da7a59ef1676e420fe45cd0d47ce:disqus That is why a 15 yr old chick died in LA last year, stop living in LA La la land...snap, back to reality.

This teenage generation fails to listen to advice from those who have gone before, instead believing that they know all.

Hepkatmama
Hepkatmama

how many people have been rushed to the hospital for complications from dehydration during the state fair? how many people took otc or prescriptions & got too hot while on the very same property & got sent to the very same baylor e.r.?? why are they acting like this is some new & unusual scenario?

afsdfasfsdaf
afsdfasfsdaf

GTFO red neck cowboy bull riding white boys cant hang  ! ! !

asdf
asdf

Insomniac needs to keep EDC just in southern cali / vegas ! These hillbillies in TX have no idea what they are doing.

Dannymoraless
Dannymoraless

The fake a** Mayor for this city just needs to sit back and STFU.... Stop trying to take on something that is easy to fix, worry about what the city needs...whether or not EDC will return will not change the fact that there are still kids that abuse drugs and die daily in Dallas as a result...Mayor if u see this, picture me with my middle finger in your face...DPD same for you stereotyping bastards....lookin at me so hard walking in, while the dumbass next to me was stuffing shit in his girls crack...Thats how u missed what you were looking for, and the deaths are on DPD's hands...Way to go Chief Brown...oh yeah, test all staff on hand at the event...you will be surprised to see how many of your guys were on "IT" too....I saw first hand....

Murad Gas
Murad Gas

-_- everyone is responsable of they acts... lets say they cops were checking u out really hard!! n this kid still die for OD who would b responsable, insomniac again...?!!! "no" i think is they kids parents let them having  friends that use drugs n shit!  bc he could b already in the drug status when he got to the event...n i think dallas will not move the event somewhere else sense this event  make about $ 1,806,000 dlls! in one day!!! im  just saying

edcwasaripoff
edcwasaripoff

wasn't a rave, it was a music festival damnit. the kids today ruin it for my generation. i go to enjoy the music. they go to get F%$&#$ up. what do you expect to happen taking X, which dehydrates you, in 107 degree heat in texas? dumbasses!

Massayeley
Massayeley

Stupid I was there they had tight security most I seen at a rave. Well just goes to show dallas won't let you rave!...... sucks man

Caleb
Caleb

Cops shouldn't have shut one building down if they didn't want to overcrowd.

youmightbeafaggot
youmightbeafaggot

You might be a faggot. Not insinuating a lot. Just stating the palpable.

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