After strong objections from city officials, this weekend's Wet Electric
festival in California
's Huntington Beach
WILL go ahead.
This past week had seen a number of residents and the Mayor's office objecting to the event. due to the civil unrest the beach town saw this past summer during the Huntington Beach Surf Competition
. On that occasion, hundreds of attendees rioted and caused anarchy by smashing shop windows and over turning cars, after spending the day drinking on the beach. When the city found out there was another large scale event going ahead, they filed a lawsuit.
Huntington Beach Mayor Connie Boardman told of her outrage, “The state hadn’t told us they were planning this very large music dance party. We first found out about this event in August when a resident called us. The council would be opposed to this regardless,” she went on to say “What city council would want 10,000 people drinking all day on public land?”
The objection fell of deaf ears though as just yesterday the judge said, "The city asked a judge to have it canceled, alleging the company’s permit violates the city’s zoning for temporary use. But the state, which owns the land, approved the event. The promoter is paying the state $90,000 to rent part of the beach for the one-day event.
The event will see 10,000 club goers travel to see the likes of Erick Morillo
, Paul Oakenfold
and Robbie Rivera
and will promises to be one of the biggest dance music events in Southern California this summer.