The Los Angeles Times jumps on the EDC-as-a-record-breaking-party story, citing the promoter's numbers of 135,000 people over two days at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum this weekend. Writer Ramie Becker states that about 200 people crashed one gate and got through, and that police stopped the music for 45 minutes on Saturday to divert and reorganize crowds in an effort to control overcrowding.
Still, you have to fault the paper for going with the promoter's numbers. I have nothing against the promoter, and I'd be the first one to trumpet such a triumph for Los Angeles, but until I see independent verification, this so-called record will have an asterisk. I want it to be real. It needs an amen from someone other than the guy making money and fame and his reputation off the party. It's akin to a Hollywood Studio getting to claim its own weekend box office or a prize fighter getting to judge his own fight. It doesn't work that way. Since the cops were there working crowd control, I'd like to hear what they say about the numbers.