Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This


Electric Daisy Carnival Promoter Sues L.A.

Stories like these are only possible with your help!
You have the power to keep local news strong for the coming months. Your financial support today keeps our reporters ready to meet the needs of our city. Thank you for investing in your community.


Pasquale Rotella is comparing it to "Footloose." In the movie dancing is banned, but here in Los Angeles, his company got the boot from the city of Los Angeles for a concert he had scheduled for October. Rotella's Insomniac, Inc. organized the Electric Daisy Carnival, which ended in hundreds of injuries and the death of a 15 year-old-girl and prompted local politicians to discuss how to approach permitting rave events in the future.

On October 30th, the company scheduled a concert featuring Tiësto, a Grammy-nominated DJ whose performed 5 sold-out L.A. shows in 2008 and 2009, according to Rotella.

But the city of Los Angeles Convention Center canceled his contract earlier this month and now he's suing. What's interesting is that, according to an Insomniac press release, it was the city of Los Angeles that persuaded him to move his show from the Shrine Auditorium to their space. From the press release:

Support for LAist comes from
In November 2009, LACC staff members, including their Director of Security, attended one of the three sold-out Insomniac-promoted Tiësto concerts at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Following the concert, the LACC enthusiastically pursued Insomniac to use the LACC as the venue for Insomniac's music events. Faced with a variety of options for venues, Insomniac ultimately agreed to host the 2010 Tiesto concert at the Convention Center, largely as a result of the interest of LACC's staff as well as the unique opportunity to present a concert at a venue embodying LACC's location, capacity and architecture.

There's been no official word yet from the LACC.