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Goodman raves about Electric Daisy Carnival’s move to Las Vegas

Mayor downplays past problems of former LA event, proclaims next week as Electric Daisy Carnival Week


Richard Brian, Las Vegas Weekly file

The crowd at the 2010 Electric Daisy Carnival in Los Angeles.

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Oscar Goodman

Despite problems associated with the Electric Daisy Carnival last year in Los Angeles, including the death of a 15-year-old girl, Mayor Oscar Goodman is expecting the event to be a success this year as it moves to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Goodman gave the June 24-26 electronic music festival and rave a hearty endorsement Thursday during his weekly news conference at City Hall — and even indicated he might show up at the event, which was essentially booted out of LA.

The EDC, which is in its 15th year, will include 200 performers and artists throughout the weekend and is expected to draw more than 250,000 people, making it North America's largest electronic music festival, Goodman said.

"It's going to be phenomenal," Goodman said.

One dollar of each ticket is going to be split among three local charities: the Clark County Community Partnership Program, the Smith Center for Performing Arts and the Injured Police Officers Fund, he said.

Goodman said the three-day festival will provide a carnival-like atmosphere, featuring dancers, fire twirlers, aerialists and stilt walkers, plus 28 carnival rides and attractions.

The event will feature six performance stages, state-of-the-art lighting and sound production, plus fireworks, Goodman said.

"We're going to declare June 20-26 Electric Daisy Carnival Week in the City of Las Vegas and ask all of our citizens to support this monumental event," Goodman said.

The mayor also introduced the EDC event's top official, Pasquale Rotella, the CEO and founder of Insomniac Events.

Rotella said the show was beginning to set up production at the speedway this week.

"EDC is a lot more than a music festival," Rotella said. "There's a lot going on, aside from the international performers that we have coming on the stages. We have a lot of theatrical performers and walkabouts throughout the festival. And art is a big part of this festival."

Those attending will see unique art pieces set up between the six performance stages, he said.

"The Las Vegas Motor Speedway was picked because it couldn't be better equipped to handle the mass gathering," Rotella said.

Goodman asked him if it would be in the daytime as well as in the evening. Rotella said it would start at 8 p.m.

"We put a lot of production into the shows, so it really, the event, really shines when the sun goes down," he said. Also, the weather in Las Vegas will be a lot cooler after dusk, he said.

"That's great. There are no neighbors to complain out there," Goodman said. "...I look forward to it. I may even show up there, who knows.... I have no idea what Electric Daisy music is, but you're never too old to learn, right?'

During a new conference that followed, Goodman was asked why he thought Las Vegas was a good fit, considering Los Angeles officials no longer welcome the event.

Last year, more than 100 people were hospitalized for injuries and drug-related issues.

A 15-year-old girl, Sasha Rodriguez, died after being hospitalized for suspected drug-related complications.

"I don't care what LA says, you know that," Goodman said. "LA is like a second-class entertainment thing. We're the world entertainment venue... It's the entertainment capital of the world."

Goodman said the 250,000 people expected to attend the three-day event will have fun and enjoy themselves.

"That's what Vegas is all about," he said. "When they come to Vegas, they want to have a good time. They want to enjoy themselves. They want to let all that energy out. They want to have a celebration. So I'm sure it's going to be a very positive experience for us."

The mayor brushed aside a question about the event bringing trouble to Las Vegas.

"Trouble never bothered me. You know, you do the very best you can to make sure that it's safe," he said. Metro Police and Las Vegas city marshals will have a presence at the event, he said.

"You do the best you can, but if people want to be idiots, you can't stop them," he said. "That's part of human nature. You can't make people necessarily behave by telling them to behave. But we'll do everything we can to make sure everybody has a good time."

Told that an underage girl died at last year's event in LA, Goodman said "an underage girl could die any place where she misbehaves. Really, I don't think, if you have 100,000 people, you don't hold the developer responsible for somebody's ill choices.'

He backtracked and said he didn't know if she was misbehaving and said he was sorry the girl died.

"I wish she could come here and enjoy it this year. But people have to be responsible," he said.

Goodman indicated the event would be an economic boon to the area.

"As far as I'm concerned, anything that's going to bring people and money and energy, that's all I care about," he said.

This story originally appeared in our sister publication, Las Vegas Sun.

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  1. "Trouble never bothered me."
    Oscar Goodman.

    Ya think???

  2. The bill for police, security, and paramedic services will be UNBELIEVABLE.

  3. This sounds like a great idea. Take everything that happened in L.A. last year, and add 100+ degree temperatures. I'd like to know what the over/under is on the body count, and whether Oscar even knows what a rave is?

  4. Unemployment in this city is well-over 14%, yet some liberals are actually complaining about this event. Heaven-forbid that Las Vegas will experience some much needed economic activity. It's not like people in our city desperately need work or anything like that. The only thing that really matters is the possibility of some rowdy teenagers causing a little bit of trouble. That's the only important issue in the mind of a liberal. As far as they are concerned, screw the unemployed. Ugh! Liberals are absolutely clueless.

  5. BeSafe,

    As long as they can manage to remember to bring their wallets along with them, I'm all for the Libs dominating this event.

  6. oscar seems like a good man. he was positive. the press focuses on the negative and fear. we create our own reality. "the 250,000 people expected to attend the three-day event WILL have fun and enjoy themselves." i agree that "if people want to be idiots, you can't stop them", that the 15 year old was probably grossly uneducated and lacked wisdom, and that "people have to be responsible". "all laws are useless. for good men do not need them, and bad men are made no better by them."---Plato, 340 B.C. spiritual anarchy, self-governance, is the only way.

  7. "I don't care what LA says, you know that," Goodman said. "LA is like a second-class entertainment thing. We're the world entertainment venue... It's the entertainment capital of the world." The words of Mayor Oscar Goodman!

    This is what the Las Vegas residence voted for, an unconcerned mayor Goodman!

    This event will surely have problems, especially for North Las Vegas residences. To what extent? No one knows!

  8. Alcohol, cigarettes, and prescription drugs are all perfectly legal, yet kill millions per year, yet there's rarely any mention of this.