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Electric Daisy Carnival organiser eager to bring event back to California

6/17/2014

Electric Daisy Carnival organiser Pasquale Rotella is keen to bring the dance music festival back to California, despite the tragic deaths following the events in Los Angeles in previous years. The popular rave spectacular originally started as a one-day Southern California event in 1997, and it has since expanded to six states, as well as Mexico and the U.K. However, the festival hasn't been held in Los Angeles since 2010, when a 15-year-old girl died from an event-related drug overdose. That same year at the EDC, more than 100 revellers were admitted to hospital after fans scrambled to gain access to a gig headlined by Moby. Shortly after, Rotella - the boss of Insomnia Events, which runs the festival - was sued by the City of Los Angeles on multiple counts including civil fraud and unfair business practices. The controversies led Insomnia executives to move the Los Angeles event to Las Vegas, where it has been for the past three years. With superstar DJs including Tiesto, Calvin Harris and Avicii on the bill for the 2014 EDC in Sin City, Rotella tells MTV News he is currently working on bringing the festival back to its home state in California, even though he acknowledges it will be an extremely difficult feat to accomplish. He explains, "I'm looking forward to bringing some of our known festivals back to California. That's where I come from, so it's super exciting to me. There is a huge demand and there is a huge fanbase there - we are in the middle of working that out." The upcoming festival runs from 20 to 22 June at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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