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Identity Festival Draws Meme-Hep Ravers to Cricket

Last Wednesday, DJ and electronic music producer Kaskade advertised via Twitter an impromptu set at Grauman's Chinese Theatre for the premiere of Electric Daisy Carnival Experience, a documentary about a 15-year-strong music festival which drew an estimated 215,000 attendees to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway last month.

The ensuing riot ended with two arrests, three damaged police cruisers, cancelled screenings at AMC and Regal theaters, and lots of planking in the streets:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmZwAMdNF6A

Incidentally, lying prostrate on the ground was my exact reaction when it was announced on the same day that Burning Man had, for the first time since its 1986 inception, literally (and according to some, figuratively) SOLD OUT!

While the numbers have not been released, ticket sales (at least as many as last year’s 51,454) have reached the cap allowed by the Bureau of Land Management, leaving thousands of would-be attendees, including many scheduled DJs, without tickets.

The result?

Droves of meme-hep ravers will turn instead to events such as Identity Festival on September 2, when Burning Man is in full swing with its arbitrary semblance of maximum capacity (the flat desert “playa” spans about 200 square miles).

Touring over 20 cities, Identity Festival features a heavyweight line-up of electronic dance musicians including Kaskade himself, Pretty Lights, Steve Aoki, The Crystal Method, Hercules and Love Affair, Afrojack, Datsik, Booka Shade, the Disco Biscuits, LA Riots, and many others.

Expect vendors, booze, and of course, plenty of psychedelic lights and art to weird out on.

Tickets are going for $50 to $200 plus fees.

September 2 - Identity Festival - Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre

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Last Wednesday, DJ and electronic music producer Kaskade advertised via Twitter an impromptu set at Grauman's Chinese Theatre for the premiere of Electric Daisy Carnival Experience, a documentary about a 15-year-strong music festival which drew an estimated 215,000 attendees to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway last month.

The ensuing riot ended with two arrests, three damaged police cruisers, cancelled screenings at AMC and Regal theaters, and lots of planking in the streets:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmZwAMdNF6A

Incidentally, lying prostrate on the ground was my exact reaction when it was announced on the same day that Burning Man had, for the first time since its 1986 inception, literally (and according to some, figuratively) SOLD OUT!

While the numbers have not been released, ticket sales (at least as many as last year’s 51,454) have reached the cap allowed by the Bureau of Land Management, leaving thousands of would-be attendees, including many scheduled DJs, without tickets.

The result?

Droves of meme-hep ravers will turn instead to events such as Identity Festival on September 2, when Burning Man is in full swing with its arbitrary semblance of maximum capacity (the flat desert “playa” spans about 200 square miles).

Touring over 20 cities, Identity Festival features a heavyweight line-up of electronic dance musicians including Kaskade himself, Pretty Lights, Steve Aoki, The Crystal Method, Hercules and Love Affair, Afrojack, Datsik, Booka Shade, the Disco Biscuits, LA Riots, and many others.

Expect vendors, booze, and of course, plenty of psychedelic lights and art to weird out on.

Tickets are going for $50 to $200 plus fees.

September 2 - Identity Festival - Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre

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