Rave Standoff in Hollywood: Cops Move in to Disperse Crowds That Came to See DJ Kaskade
Updated at the bottom: LAPD detectives are investigating last night's events. A permit service source says organizers had planned to have Kaskade as a big part of the red-carpet festivities. AND EDC's promoter had earlier indicated it was hosting the screening and that it would "include a Wonderland-flavored, red carpet extravaganza complete with carnival sensations, performers and world-class acrobats" -- staples of its late-night events. First posted at 10:41 Wednesday night.
YouTube Kaskade spins on Hollywood Boulevard.
Ah, the great raver standoff of 2011. So what happened?
Here's the story, from what we know: A pre-premier of sorts for a rave promoter's in-house documentary on the Electronic Daisy Carnival party (Electric Daisy Carnival Experience) was scheduled for 7:30 tonight at the Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. Afterward? A very special spin session from superstar DJ Kaskade at nearby Supperclub.
... for some reason, someone had Kaskade schedule a set before the screening outside the Chinese Theater. From what we understand, that show was even permitted via the usual authorities.
Kaskade tweeted that he was doing a free open-air show outside the theater this afternoon, however, and all hell broke loose from there.
He called it a free "block party:"
Today@6pm in Hollywood @Mann's Chinese Theatre. ME+BIG SPEAKERS+MUSIC=BLOCK PARTY!!! RT!
Some rave discussion boards buzzed with news of a free show from a guy who could pack the Palladium with $100-a-ticket party-goers. So it was on.
People -- ravers? -- showed up in droves for the event, and by 7 p.m., Capt. Matt Blake told us reporters at the scene, cops got a call from the theater complaining of an unruly crowd outside. The show, then, didn't go on, and as cops showed up to disperse the crowd -- about 800 strong -- some folks went apeshit, fought in the street, and jumped on top of at least three police cars.
A sergeant told the Weekly one of the cars that got dented and bashed in was his. One car got its windshield smashed.