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Spokane used to be a place to escape....that small town that had no culture that you grew up in and that If you didn't make it out of to more exciting city's like Portland or Seattle you should be considered a failure...in the last few years that overall feeling is finally gone...we are finding our Spoakaneite pride and our culture I'm proud to be a towny and love this city...and other people are starting to love this place also.
I had the pleasure of attending this event, I have seen Glaude play 4 times after last night, and he is a phenomenal artist who never fails to bring the crowd to euphoria. Attendance at this event was surprisingly much lower than anticipated. I cant help but wonder if your article doesn´t have more than a little to do with that, the tone of this party was very subdued and a police presence was defiantly felt. This article is very similar to a much larger one in the Inlander in 2001-2002 on the Rave scene, shortly after which the anti-Rave act was put in place in the Spokane area. I am sick of the media portraying the electronic music scene as a Danger to the youth of today! Ignorance is a pestilence. This shut down of this scene in Spokane is very akin to the movie footloose. Re we as a town really that dumb? I don´t think so, but to change the image we need your help. Instead of an article mostly about the "changing the direction of the music scene" and numerous mentions to the bad reputation these party´s have with a small reference to the talent. The article would have done better to feature the talent which is incredible. You cant listen to the radio and not hear the same beats in today´s pop music that ravers where listening to back in 2000. While a drug presence is a part of this music scene they are also present in all music genes. After a rock concert i attended last year their was a large amount of people who got DUI´s. I believe this is not purely a coincidence. The truth about the drugs at Rave´s is vastly different from what is reported in the media. In 2010 I attended The Electric Daisy Carnival in which their was one ecstasy related death, the true cause of death was water intoxication by the way and in most cases of ecstasy related deaths is either heat stroke or water intoxication. And almost always this has occurred with users under the age of 18. The most recent statistic i have been able to find so for is that happens with an average of 2 in 100,000 this statistic was published in 2001 when the rave scene was at its peak. Compare that to the 50 in 100,000 deaths caused by alcohol use that same year. The Electric Daisy Carnival had an attendance of 186,000 people. The paramedics where on stand by and the police had a helicopter circling the party. I was also present when 17 people where injured due to trying to breach the gates that had been closed down because that area had reached its capacity. This has happened at many other types of concerts. I can remember a death in a mosh pit at a Pearl Jam concert in the 90´s. Dose this mean Spokane should stop holding concerts in general? I think not! I believe that their are enough people in Spokane who crave this caliber of music event! When the media and the police become involved they squash the party. I have always followed the Inlander, usually i really enjoy the articles you choose to write but I would prefer that you don´t write about electronic music if you cant at least be a little less biased.
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