Proposed Ban On Rave-Style Events May Threaten Insomniac Wonderland Festivals
Despite their massive popularity, it seems like EDM events in southern California are never quite welcome - at least by local politicians.
Los Angeles has a rocky history with EDM events, leading to the relocation of large events like EDC to other cities. It's hard to imagine EDC ever facing similar problems in it's new home of Las Vegas, but the same cannot be said for Beyond Wonderland and Nocturnal Wonderland.
The southern California iteration of Insomniac's Alice in Wonderland themed festivals have been held at the San Manuel Amphitheater & Grounds in San Bernardino in recent years, but sadly the festivals' future at this location may be in question.
San Bernadino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford recently announced that during the May 24th Board of Supervisors meeting, the question of banning "rave-style" events at the San Manuel Amphitheater will be put to a vote. This would require breaking the county's contract with Live Nation Worldwide, by invoking a clause which permits the contract to be nullified if the events "become a public safety hazard, or are subject to resident complaints due to noise or other nuisance behavior."
Apparently there have been dozens (possibly hundreds) of complaints from local residents about the events. The complaints have centered on traffic, noise, drug use/sale, and public indecency.