By Scott T. Sterling
It’s been a grim year for EDM events, with death, hospitalizations and drug overdoses plaguing the latest editions of Electric Daisy Carnival, HARD Summer, Avicii concerts in Toronto and Boston among others.
After tragedy struck the popular Mad Decent Block Party during a tour stop in Maryland that resulted in two deaths and a slew of hospitalizations, event organizers implemented a slew of extra safety measures for the show in Brooklyn, N.Y., banning a wide range of items including unopened tampons and stuffed animals.
Moving forward, the tour has also outlawed “kandi,” the brightly colored beaded jewelry often sported and traded by ravers at parties.
Mad Decent label founder, Diplo, adressed the kandi ban on his Twitter account.
i don't got nothing but love 4 u and your kandi i just want to take steps to make sure everyone is there 100% for the music. not other stuff—
blondre 3000 (@diplo) August 07, 2014
The kandi ban has definitely ruffled the feathers of many disgruntled ravers, including Pasquale Rotella, the founder of Insomniac Events, which produces a wide range of events, including the Electric Daisy Carnival.
Rotella used his Facebook page to address the situation. Read his full statement below:
“One of my favorite aspects of dance music culture is the freedom of self-expression. Since the early days, dance culture has always been a non-judgmental environment where you could express your individuality through art, music and positive energy. It’s been especially amazing to see how the making and trading of kandi has evolved over the years. Kandi started in Southern California, and is now a tradition embraced by ravers all over the world! I love that these beaded works of art create a special bond between the giver and recipient when traded. Although I don’t wear kandi regularly, I save all of the pieces I’ve been gifted by Headliners and remember the stories behind each one. Whether you’re from SoCal or Singapore, wear your kandi proudly and continue to spread the good vibes!”
Diplo and the Mad Decent camp have yet to respond to Rotella’s comments.