‘THE LAST DANCE’ documentary offers insight into the fallout between EDC and Los Angeles
Before Electric Daisy Carnival found its permanent – and now iconic home – at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, it used to be hosted in neighbouring state Los Angeles. Starting off in the early 1990’s in Los Angeles as a warehouse party in a field, it moved venues from 1997 to 2007 before it found a somewhat permanent home at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. In 2010, the event came under fire as attendees under the legal age requirement of 16 (now, EDC is an 18+ event) managed to get in and a 15-year-old attendee unfortunately died after an MDMA overdose, with over 100 others also being hospitalised after a crowd stampede. Due to this controversy, the event was moved to Las Vegas. Filmmaker Le Liu has wrote and directed a film about how these events all happened, and how the L.A County responded, named ‘THE LAST DANCE’.
Le Liu took it upon himself to offer the public an in-depth look as to how the whole situation happened, the fallout and the aftermath of it all. Featuring interviews with people behind the scenes as well as ravers themselves who attended in 2010 at the last L.A edition, it gives more than one point of view including all of the media coverage at the time from local news stations and online magazines. At the time, the question was raised if all large scale commercial raves should be banned fully.
After this edition, L.A County introduced a groundbreaking program that was designed to reduce harm and promote safety in response to the death of the 15-year-old. This program included all new security and safety provisions, on-site doctors to be available at events and changing the minimum attendee age to 18. Since this tragic event, things have improved for EDC in a massive way and their 2019 edition marked the second year in a row of no deaths of attendees across the weekend.
‘THE LAST DANCE’ is available for viewing below, or on Vimeo and Amazon Prime (US and UK regions).