By Scott T. Sterling
After the Mad Decent Block Party in Maryland ended tragically with two attendees dead and more hospitalized with drug-related maladies, tour promoters were moved to implement a slew of additional safety measures for the remaining dates.
Among those measures included banning “kandi,” the brightly colored beaded jewelry often sported and traded by dance music fans at parties. The move has raised ire among some of those fans (including Electric Daisy Carnival founder, Pasquale Rotella) who’ve publicly criticized the kandi ban for demonizing the jewelry and aligning them with drug culture.
“So… I never wear Kandi and I understand it’s not drug related culture inherently .. We just had serious issues with kids hiding it .. and there was a definite relationship between safety and security and made it so we had to ban certain items. We have teamed up w dancesafe .. Cooperated w police and medics to really handle the last three parties and We have set up free water stations at all the mdbp .. All I care about is people coming to enjoy music and have a safe and good time.. Everything else is secondary .. I would trade 100 thousand angry ravers to have 100% safe and happy street parties when we started it on philly 6 years ago.
So it’s all good if your into whatever your into we just implement these rules for you.. Not against you … This is just a simple set of rules we are using to make things safer… I’m sorry of they affect you or keep you from coming..All over the world kids and woman getting killed right now over beliefs, this is silly to get angry over .. If it bothers you just don’t attend I’m down for anything positive but this doesn’t affect our parties too much … Im not the promoter, I actually had nothing to do with the rules being implemented but i do agree with my team.. And cause of who I am.. I’m the de facto speaker.. I have thick skin so u guys that consider yourself plur can attack me all you want it doesn’t bother me.. I’m just here for the music.”
The Mad Decent Block Party tour runs through Sept. 21, when it wraps up in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The tour will be followed by the Mad Decent Boat Party, which leaves Miami on Nov. 12 and returns on Nov. 16 after stopping in Nassau and on a private island in the Bahamas.