Monday, June 29, 2009

edc claims 135,000 over two days

Organizers of the weekend's two-day Electric Daisy Carnival electronic music festival in Los Angeles say 135,000 people came through the turnstiles to see the likes of Thievery Corporation, Groove Armada, The Crystal Method, STS9, Shiny Toy Guns, Paul Oakenfold and more. The 13th edition of the party represented its first expansion to two days. The numbers claimed: 45,000 on Friday and 90,000 on Saturday. (Here's my interview with promoter Pasquale Rotella, which ran in LA Weekly online Thursday).

I'm normally (and justifiably) skeptical about promoters' numbers, as inflating them has no downside but lot's of upside. However, looking at Drew Ressler's photos, I'm impressed. The capacity of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, is 93,607, excluding the field, I presume. Most of the EDC crowd seemed to have been on the field, with much of the stands filled, so I would guess that EDC pulled a lot of people any way you slice it.

[Photo, above, shows the Coliseum's Olympic Caudron, a.k.a. torch, lit. It was used during the Olympics of 1932 and 1984, and has been lit for other special ocassions including Ronald Reagan's death and the Los Angeles Dodgers' 50th anniversary game in spring].

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