4

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

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."

^
Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

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.

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.