-Pasquale Rotella, husband of Holly Madison and founder of EDM tour promotion company Insomniac Events, released a statement following the deaths of two young women at HARD Summer.
-HARD Summer took place on county-owned property, and Los Angeles County officials would like to ban raves and other big music festivals from taking place on county-owned property.
-LA County officials think that music festivals aren't doing enough to ensure the safety of rave-goers, and they've already voted to review whether or not to ban raves on county property.
-Rotella, who makes money from raves, believes that banning raves isn't the answer and that more should be done to educate people on the health impact of drug abuse.
I’ve been incredibly saddened by yet another loss of life that’s been attributed to our culture, and I have spent the last week reflecting on how the story has played out in the media.
First and foremost, my heart goes out to the friends and family of those two young women. We don’t condone or tolerate drug use, but the problem here isn’t raves or dance music, or even festivals in general. The health impact of drug abuse in our country extends far beyond what happens at our events. I lost five friends to drug overdoses at a young age, none of which occurred at dance music festivals; most of them weren’t even fans of the genre. No one wrote about them.
Dance culture has survived for decades and has never been more popular. Banning these events at facilities where we are able to provide first-rate medical care and emergency services is not the answer. I hope that policymakers and the media do not turn their backs on a cultural movement that is thriving and brings so much happiness to a generation that, quite frankly, needs an environment where they can feel loved and accepted. Most just want healthy interaction with their peers. I know that if I didn’t have access to this community growing up, my life would have taken a much different turn.
I see nothing but great opportunity within large gatherings; opportunity to promote health, happiness, individuality, and human connection. If we’re trying to create a safe and secure environment for these passionate fans, sending them back into the unregulated underground isn’t a step in the right direction. We all need to do our part in creating a national dialogue that educates our youth and encourages them to be accountable for their choices—especially when it comes to drugs.✌🏻💗🌎🙏 #ThoseWhoCriticizeOurGenerationForgetWho
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