April 24, 2014

Riot outside “Electric Daisy” L.A. premiere summons police


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Police dressed in full riot gear turned out for the premiere of Insomniac’s “Electric Daisy Carnival Experience” at Grauman’s Chinese theater on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles Wednesday night when fans packed the streets in hopes of catching a glimpse of uber-popular DJ Kaskade, who tweeted prior to the premiere that he’d be performing a free set.

Such is the power of Twitter.

“The near-riot pitted LAPD officers, who were trying to clear Hollywood Blvd., against fans trying to catch a glimpse of Kaskade, despite audible warnings via megaphone from Insomniac staff and Grauman’s Chinese employees stating over and over that Kaskade’s appearance was ‘canceled’ and that fans should vacate the premises,” THR writes. “In fact, the DJ himself sent several tweets pleading with fans to ‘chill’ and leave the area after he got wind of LAPD problems with crowds.”

The screening of the film – a live concert documentary that features such stars as Will I Am, Travis Barker and Kaskade — went on despite the melee that was happening in the streets outside of the theater.

At least one bystander placed the blame on the partygoers who showed up in full force and danced on police cars despite being asked to disperse.

“I knew it was going to get out of hand when they started taunting the police,” Adam Bloch, 20, told the L.A. Times. “They were asking for it.”

Insomniac Inc., which is promoting a series of Electric Daisy events, said in a statement, “We are disappointed that a small group of people would try to mar a private documentary screening of ‘Electric Daisy Carnival Experience’ and we are thankful that the LAPD were able to quickly restore order.”

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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