In a scene that embodied the power of Twitter and its social media brethren, the streets of Hollywood were flooded early Wednesday evening when DJ Kaskade announced via tweet that he would be holding an impromptu street concert outside of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre where the documentary on the “Electric Daisy Carnival Experience” was being screened.
It’s estimated that a couple thousand fans were already inside Mann’s when thousands more took to the streets after reading this tweet aimed at the DJ’s 90,000+ followers: “Today@6pm in Hollywood @Mann’s Chinese Theatre. ME+BIG SPEAKERS+MUSIC=BLOCK PARTY!!! RT!”
What ensued was a scene reminiscent of the 2010 Electric Daisy Carnival at the LA Coliseum where a teenager died of a drug overdose amidst throngs of raving fans bouncing along to techno beats; thousands of rebellious fans interested not only in a show by one of the event’s staple performers, but in the chance to rebel against authority by participating in an unsanctioned, impromptu street concert.
As numbers swelled and masses formed on Hollywood Boulevard, the Los Angeles Fire Department deemed the theatre overcrowded and pushed the documentary viewing patrons onto the street to join the assembled would-be concertgoers. At approximately 5pm, Kaskade tweeted pictures of the flatbed truck he intended to give his performance on; a couple hours later, as tensions between fans and law enforcement were approaching a fever pitch, the DJ tweeted that he was almost to the venue.
Though the crowd was already resisting LAPD’s efforts to control the flash crowd that had gathered, an additional tweet from Kaskade no doubt incited fans to rebel further. After noting that there were news choppers circling over the event, the DJ wrote “The man trying to shut us down. Hang on I am coming!!! This is crazy.”
Shortly after, police ordered the crowd to disperse which prompted fans to start revolting against the task force sent to ensure the safety of bystanders, businesses, and the gathered crowd. The mob resisted the police and began throwing bottles and officers and vandalizing police cars. At this time, Kaskade once again took to Twitter to try and persuade the fans who had shut down one of the busiest streets in the city to “CHILL NOW!!!”. He told his followers that “The block party has officially been shut down! BUT THIS IS TOO CRAZY AND WE NEED TO BE SAFE!”
Warning aside, the crowd continued to rebel leading to the arrests of two individuals and the destruction of three police cars. Metro bus and rail service was temporarily interrupted but resumed service shortly after the near-riot died down. An after party at the Supperclub restaurant and bar, featured in the Electric Daisy documentary, was cancelled but no one was seriously injured in the scrap.