Traveling electronic music tour Identity Festival launched this summer as a sort of touring Electric Daisy Carnival, aiming to bring the recent dance music craze to secondary markets such as Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and Long Island in venues with names such as PNC Bank Arts Center, 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre and Jiffy Lube Live (seriously). And while we’re not so snobbish to think that kids who live outside of major metropolises don’t deserve to see the country’s most popular DJ—including Kaskade, Steve Aoki and Skrillex—it is interesting to note that in Los Angeles, the city that pretty much hatched the current rave movement, Identiy Festival has relocated from the originally planned San Manuael Amphitheatre to the Hollywood Palladium.
The official reason given for the move was “fan demand” that the event take place in the more centralized Hollywood area, rather than San Bernadino, which lies on the outskirts of the LA metro area. But those familiar with the LA ravescene are quick to point out that dance music events such as Nocturnal Wonderland and Audiotastic regularly draw tens of thousands of fans to San Bernardino.
Which leads the community to wonder if ticket sales for the Los Angeles event are lagging way behind expectations. The abandoned San Bernardino venue officially holds 65,000 people, while the Palladium holds a mere 4,000. Granted, with IDFest’s multiple indoor and outdoor stages, such numbers might be deceiving. But it’s certain that the overall capacity of the event has bee significantly lowered.