October 25, 2011 |
DJ and Hard founder Gary Richards threw the first Hard dance party at a downtown L.A. warehouse on his birthday on New Year's Eve 2007. It was the natural extension of his productions in the early '90s, when he was doing A&R for Rick Rubin at Def American and when his parties drew Robert Downey Jr., Madonna, Bjork and other celebs. But that New Year's Eve party was the first tremor of a massive tectonic shift in music culture that has since shown Richards to be something of a visionary on the electronic music scene.
May 4, 2013 |
Insomniac Events, the producer of the Electric Daisy Carnival dance music events, confirmed in a statement to the Los Angeles Times that it has had talks with Live Nation Entertainment Inc. regarding a sale to that company, but no deal is complete. The Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday that Beverly Hills-based Live Nation would purchase a roughly 50% interest in Insomniac. The company produces electronic dance music concerts at venues across Southern California and elsewhere.
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September 9, 2011 |
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission and the event company Insomniac were sued Thursday by the parents of a teenage girl who died of an Ecstasy overdose after attending a rave at the stadium. The suit also names former Coliseum events manager Todd DeStefano, whom Insomniac employed as a consultant while he held the stadium job, and two private companies he formed. Those companies received at least $1.8 million in payments from firms that also did business with the Coliseum.
June 26, 2013 |
Melissa McCarthy, starring in "The Heat" (which opens Friday) with Sandra Bullock, is a talented comedic actress, on screens big ("Bridesmaids") and small ("Mike and Molly"). But she seems to have had to spend a lot of time talking to interviewers about her weight -- Rex Reed famously, rudely, compared her to a tractor. In the July/August issue of More magazine, she reportedly says she isn't as sensitive to the weight conversation as she once was, and used to obsess about her weight until she realized it was a waste of time.
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August 31, 2010 |
Tickets never went on sale and promotions were never staged, but a planned headlining concert by electronic artist Tiesto is the center of a seven-figure civil suit filed against the city of Los Angeles on Friday. Local dance promoter Insomniac Inc. claims the city breached its contract when it canceled what would have been an Oct. 30 concert by the well-known trance artist in the West Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center. On Monday, the mayor's office referred requests for comments to the convention center, and a spokeswoman for the facility said no statement or comment would be forthcoming.
December 23, 2011 |
For more than a decade, Los Angeles' two biggest independent dance music promoters, Go Ventures and Insomniac Events, put aside their rivalry to put on a massive New Year's Eve bash dubbed Together as One. Over the last three years, in particular, the event grew to draw tens of thousands to the Los Angeles Sports Arena & Exposition Park as Go Ventures' Reza Gerami and Insomniac's Pasquale Rotella snagged big names such as David Guetta, Deadmau5 and...
October 1, 2010 |
Between the austere atonement of Yom Kippur and the wicked debauchery of Halloween, there's a new fall holiday tradition in town: Decompression. Now in its eighth year in Los Angeles, Saturday's day-to-eve gala is set up in Los Angeles Historic State Park (previously known as "the Cornfield") and is an after-party of sorts for the yearly Burning Man Festival in Nevada's Black Rock Desert. But for a certain party populace who may have packed their glow-gear and energy drinks in preparation for a mega rave-like experience, Decom director Athena Demos wants to be clear: "This is definitely not a rave.
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July 12, 2013 |
A rave produced by Los Angeles-based Insomniac Inc. is coming under scrutiny this summer after authorities reported that 30 attendees were taken to hospitals in the Chicago area. The Chicago Tribune reported this week that five were in critical condition. They were sent to the hospitals during the Memorial Day weekend from the Electric Daisy Carnival at the Chicagoland Speedway, where police confiscated about 100 Ecstasy pills. Four of those taken to hospitals needed assistance breathing and were intubated, and a “couple” of others experienced seizures, the Tribune reported, quoting Joe Formhals, the fire chief of the suburb of Joliet.
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June 2, 2012 |
The family of a 15-year-old girl who overdosed on Ecstasy at a rave concert at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and later died will receive a settlement of $190,000 on behalf of the stadium, the rave promoter and a former Coliseum manager, lawyers said. Attorneys for both sides said an insurance company for the promoter, Insomniac Inc., paid $175,000 for its liability and the Coliseum's. An insurer for the Coliseum manager, Todd DeStefano, paid $15,000. The teenager, Sasha Rodriguez, was at the rave even though the minimum entry age was 16. She was there without her parents' permission.
August 6, 2010 |
As recently as June, summer 2010 was looking good for event promoter Gary Richards. In just three years, Richards had built his Hard music festivals from what he calls a "career Hail Mary" into a lucrative national brand featuring eclectic lineups of emerging acts, most of which make electronic dance music. It was all about to pay off with a summer full of events, including a national tour featuring underground avant-disco duo Crystal Castles, buzzing South African group Die Antwoord and a dozen others, as well as two daylong festivals in New York and L.A., both headlined by controversial artist M.I.A.