ELECTRIC DAISY NEW YORK
Whoever said our generation was one of apathy and indifference was sadly mistaken.
Music lovers will have the chance to enter the political realm this summer with Spin the Vote, a new national voter registration program created by electronic music concert conglomerate Insomniac and Rock the Vote.
Spin the Vote kicked off on March 17th at Beyond Wonderland 2012 in San Bernardino, California. Volunteers registered concert attendees in person and through QR code-enabled mobile voter registration, allowing youth the opportunity to feel empowered and have their voices heard at the tip of their fingers. Spin the Vote staff also handed out buttons and stickers, and spoke to EDM fans about how big of an impact the 18-25 demographic can have on the upcoming election.
Electronic music concert-production conglomerate Insomniac is facing dark days, with the indictment of the company’s CEO Pasquale Rotella on charges of bribery, conspiracy, embezzlement, and conflict of interest. However, Insomniac representatives say the upcoming Electric Daisy Carnivals, taking place May 19-20 at MetLife Stadium and June 8-10 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, will live on.
Rotella was among six defendants named in the case, stemming from shady work contracts at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Rotella has not pleaded guilty, but co-defendant Patrick Lynch, who managed the Coliseum for 17 years, announced his guilty plea last week - making him eligible to testify against Rotella.
EDC had enjoyed the Coliseum for years as its host, but following the overdose death of a 15-year-old girl in 2010 outside of the concert, the festival relocated to Las Vegas for 2011 where roughly 80,000 people were in attendance daily.
The end of EDC would not only mean disappointed ravers, but also a detriment to the city of Las Vegas, which saw a $130 million increase to the southern Nevada economy, according to the Las Vegas Sun.
House music industry key players are rallying in support of Rotella, taking their message to twitter with the hashtag “#FreePasqualeRotella.” Kaskade tweeted the message when the news of Rotella’s arrest first broke, and the hashtag spread like wildfire in the scene, garnishing tweets from electronic duo The Crystal Method and fans around the country.
According to a Billboard article, BBC radio host Pete Tong was heard backstage at his party at the Surfcomber Hotel saying, “I hope for the sake of the scene that it turns out OK. He's a great guy, and a major contributor to what is happening here in America, and why it's happening the way it is."
As expected, EDC NYC includes the biggest names in house and electronic dance music including Avicii, Calvin Harris, Afrojack, Alesso, AN21 & Max Vangeli, Art Department, Bassnectar, Chuckie, Danny Tenaglia, Erick Morillo, Fatboy Slim, John Digweed, R3HAB, Thomas Gold and Hot Natured. They've also released more details on seating and ticketing.
General Admission tickets start at $85 single-day/$129 two-day and the basic VIP ticket package will begin at $155 single-day/$300 two-day for the two-day festival. For ticketing and updates check out electricdaisycarnival.com/NewYork