Monday, August 30, 2010

Techno Prisoner: The Sequel

Posted by on Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 6:22 PM

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The plot thickens: In our Techno Prisoners cover package earlier this month, we wrote about the controversy surrounding recent deaths that had put an end to Germany's longstanding Love Parade and also resulted in an L.A. rave ban.

The issue included an interview with acclaimed trance artist Christopher Lawrence — who headlined the Love Festival at the Phil Long Expo Center here. Lawrence argued that the rave scene is being unfairly singled out for behaviors that are routinely condoned at rock shows and sporting events:

"And one reason I can tell you is that it doesn't have corporate sponsorship. If Nike was flying the flag behind the stage, the police would think twice because they know that Nike's lawyers would come down on them like a ton of bricks ... The whole scene has traditionally been DIY, the promoters started out years ago doing it all by themselves, and the DJs are not signed to labels that are promoting our tours. If Clear Channel was throwing these events, I guarantee you that the media and the police would not treat the event in the same way."

On Monday, L.A. Times writer Todd Martens reported that the promoter whose Electric Daisy Carnival prompted the Los Angeles rave ban has filed a seven-figure civil suit against the city over the cancellation of an Oct. 30 concert by electronic artist Tiesto:

“Events like [Electric Daisy] and the Tiësto concert are held at legal venues and are planned in conjunction with law enforcement and medical personnel,” reads the claim. “[The Convention Center’s] unilateral termination of the contract will send the wrong message by suppressing the popularization of electronic music, encouraging it to revert back to its underground, unsafe beginnings.”

No word yet on whether the Dutch artist will make it to Denver's Beta Nightclub for his scheduled Nov. 9 appearance.

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