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TOPIC: Insomniac Events

Insomniac Events 28 Feb 2014 00:47 #4178

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Insomniac Events is infamous for their massive music events. The genre of music at these events being EDM, or Electronic Dance Music is universally celebrated and these events are no longer referred to as "raves." While these elaborate festivals often come with the stigma of "ravers are drug users", I can attest to the fact that not everyone who goes to these events need drugs to enjoy the experience.

I personally do not use any sort of drug, nor have I ever partaken in those activities. My love for the music and the environment speaks for itself and makes me feel something that I can only describe as euphoric. My friends say it's because I am "high on life" and I like to think that I can see the beauty in everything and enjoy this experience to the fullest without the aid of any illegal substances.

This week, Pasquale Rotella, the founder and CEO of Insomniac Events announced through Facebook and Instagram that because it is hard to find venues in Southern California to host his festivals such as Beyond Wonderland, Audiotistic, and Nocturnal Wonderland, they will likely be held in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Electric Daisy Carnival, or EDC which is a 3 day music festival is already being held in Las Vegas. It was originally held in Los Angeles until 2011 when a 16 year old girl died from an overdose of ecstasy. It was then decided that these festivals are too dangerous to continue with. Pasquale moved the festival to Las Vegas and that is where it has been held ever since.

Moving all these events to Nevada would be fine, but it is expensive to attend. Travel costs, room/board, tickets, and miscellaneous expenses really add up. My first year going to EDC in Las Vegas, I spent a total of $1,250. I would love to go to every event that Insomniac events has, but unfortunately my income does not allow for it. Now I will have to pick and choose which events I will attend so that I may save up. It is disheartening that these festivals are moving further and further and soon I may not to get to go at all.

Hopefully Pasquale can find a venue in LA so that all of the fans (including myself) won't miss out on too many events.
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Insomniac Events 06 Mar 2014 12:27 #4248

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Cynthia,

That is horrible. When was it that he had announced that all Insomniac Events would now be held in Las Vegas? I've been to Escape from Wonderland and that's about it as far as Insomniac Events go so I'm not too big of a fan of going to Insomniac Events, but if my favorite event team was deciding to move its events from one city to another and especially one that is so far away, I would be so disappointed. Las Vegas isn't that far, but I understand that as a college student it is totally out ot the way and it will cost so much more money that if it were to be held in Los Angeles. I'm sorry to hear that this is happening. I love music so much that I could imagine how you would feel if my favorite band told their fans they would no longer be playing shows in the Los Angeles area and that they would only be playing shows in Las Vegas or Santa Barbara or San Diego. I hope they decide to change their mind in the near future!
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Insomniac Events 25 Apr 2014 17:27 #4739

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I definitely agree with you. Not everyone that goes to these events is on drugs. Music festivals (raves) have gotten a bad rap because of it and because of the poor decisions that some individuals have made. I have been going to raves since I was in high school and I absolutely love it. The music and the environment is one of the best experiences. That sucks that all insomniac events will be held in Las Vegas. I mean I went to edc out there and I loved it but cost wise like you said is so much. I would love to be able to afford to go out there for every event. That would be awesome because the events are so amazing!! Hopefully that doesn't happen though just so we can still attend events out here and not have to waste as much money :]
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Insomniac Events 27 Apr 2014 05:13 #4757

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It's terrible news that the Insomniac Events might be possibly moving to Vegas. Luckily, I have been to EDC the past two years in vegas and is attending this year for my third year in a row, but I understand the daunting costs of how these trips can get really expensive. I think the major issue with these events on why so many are moving out of LA and it's hard to find venues is that I think it has to do with publicity and the crowd. The publicity the coliseum got after it held the last EDC even in Los Angeles was all negative and people generated bad vibes about L.A., the scene and etc. I think many of the possible venues and/or cities are scared of the "what if" scenarios if something were to go wrong and the aftermath. The other issue is the crowd. The crowd is unpredictable and seems to get bigger and bigger every year and many venues can't handle the population. I think Indio is barely handling it's Coachella two weekend events that happens once a year and they still get complaints, and that is expensive as well. I think ravers are possibly a little more hardcore than Coachella attendees which could also links back to publicity and the "what if" scenarios. I think most cities and venues are scared of another repeat at what happened in 2011 at EDC at the coliseum.
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Insomniac Events 27 Apr 2014 15:54 #4766

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Wow. Great post! I do agree about it all 100%. It is unfortunate that because of the mistake of one girl, everyone has to suffer. Raves, or Electric Music Festivals, have this depiction upon them that everyone is a druggie there and is going to get injected with a needle that has AIDS, there are so many things that people just judge and expect from these festivals that aren't actually true for a lot of attendees. People actually do go for the music and that's why they mainly go. They don't need the drugs, just like you don't and I totally appreciate that. However, the moving to Las Vegas I think was a bit extreme and now that they all might move to Vegas, it's unfortunate. That's a lot of fans of these events that have to sacrifice a lot of money if they decide to go, and sometimes they might only get to choose one event. It's not fair, but people do what they need to if they really want to make it happen.
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Insomniac Events 13 Sep 2014 19:17 #5255

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I think it us unfortunate that because of lack of venues and unforeseen deaths have made it difficult to keep these music festivals in Southern California. One of the benefits of having these festivals held in Southern California is the fact that they tend to be within reasonable driving distance, people are able to use public transportation to get there or even live near the venue. Now that the festivals have moved to Las Vegas anyone who desires and intends to attend the music festivals must have not only enough money for the tickets but money to rent a room and purchase the expensive food in the area. These festivals perhaps might have better opportunities to find a venue to host the festivals, but if compels people to pick and choose what festival they want to go and how much money they are willing to spend. Las Vegas not only offers these festivals a venue, but it also is selling them the entire Las Vegas attraction. Whether people attending these festivals will visit the casinos, nightly shows or dine there or not, the cost of attending a music festival includes the cost of the Las Vegas vibe.
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