Well whadda ya know? After a month of getting it from both barrels from almost every mainstream media outlet and self named "expert" there is, the electronic dance music scene has finally had some nice words said about it by someone from the the outside. And boy, did we need it!
Now, you may or may not have known this, but the eyes of the U.S. media were all fixed firmly on Chattahoochee Hills
this past weekend and a certain event that we, the clubbing community, have been talking about for months. TomorrowWorld
was not only widely seen as the most eagerly anticipated dance music event of the year, it was also the first big event since the drug deaths at Electric Zoo
back on Labor Day Weekend
, when the media witch hunt trying to expose us as drug fueled zombies started.
For us clubbers, TomorrowWorld
would be a celebration of music, friendships (old and new), community, color and togetherness, but for the outside world, namely the media and people in suits, it was an opportunity to destroy us. Make no mistake about it, they were praying for more drug deaths so they could put the final nail into our coffin.
But those deaths never came and, as much as they tried, they could not, and did not break us. News agencies sent in undercover reporters with hidden cameras trying to expose the drug problem within our scene -- something Club Planet
said would happen weeks ago -- but came away almost empty handed other than some idiots who sounded like they were reading off a script. There were also T.V cameras set up outside local hospitals, just waiting for the "molly overdoses" to come in so they could plaster it on primetime network news channels. They would be in for a quiet night.
What they got was nothing but good news. There were no fights, minimal arrests and, out of a crowd of 140,000
people, there were only SEVENTEEN
medical incidents and most of them were for overheating and exhaustion. That alone is something we can ALL be proud of. But of course, the media WILL NOT report that. The "Another Death At Drug Fueled Rave
" headlines they had ready to go to print were scrapped. The "TomorrowWorld Is A Huge Success; People From All Over The World Come Together To Celebrate Music
" was never an option.
So do we just all keep going along as if nothing happened, were only we, the dance music community, know the truth? Not if the Board of Commissioners in Atlanta have anything to do with it. Today, Commissioner Robb Pitts took to the microphone and congratulated each and every one of us who were involved in TomorrowWorld. That means all of, us from the promoters, the artists, the workers and you, the crowd. He mentioned that not only did Fulton County benefit in economic terms from TomorrowWorld, he also stated that the almost zero problems with law enforcement lead the board to wholeheartedly support TomorrowWorld’s presence in Fulton County for the next eight to ten years.
So there you have it. It's not all doom and gloom and we can take this and build on it. As long as we all stay safe and work together, our scene will continue to grow and no one will stop us.
Well done to everyone, from the TomorrowWorld team and of course you guys who attended and helped make it a fun, and safe, environment.
Check out the clip below.