So today word got out that ASOT 600 New York will be an all ages event at Madison Square Garden (MSG); another miss-step in the long running saga of this event. It started with the delayed announcement of the location, followed by the late lineup announcement a week later & now the fact that there will be no age restriction on attendees.
If anything can be learned from the past, it’s that these events need to have a strict age restriction of 18+ but preferably 21+. When an event is set to take place at one of the most high profile venues in North America, MSG, the promoters need take every possible measure to ensure no issues can damage the reputation of the artists, the community, as well as the EDM scene in general. Allowing kids of all ages to attend is a recipe for disaster.
Two recent examples of EDM events with young attendee problems that come to my mind are the Pilly event a couple months back & EDC LA 2010. After a 15 year old girl overdosed & passed away in the LA Coliseum in 2010, the city banned all EDM events from the Coliseum. This was a huge news story in Los Angeles and it had a significant impact on large scale events being booked in the city. It is crucial for promoters to act responsibly and prevent these things from happening repeatedly.
A lot of people are saying Made Event made this decision in order to make sure the event sells out. A State of Trance 600 in New York City should not have a problem selling out even with an 18+ or 21+ age restriction. The selling out excuse is garbage; if the promoters were concerned with the event not selling out, they should have either not bid for the event or booked a smaller venue. Is it better to sell 10,000 tickets with an age restriction that goes off without a hitch or to sell 14,000 tickets and have your event all over the news for the wrong reasons?
The last thing I’ll mention about this whole situation is the fact that none of the “mainstream” EDM blogs are covering the topic. They may have legitimate reasons for it, such as turn around time; however, this is an issue that needs to be addressed by all key influencers in the scene. If you are avoiding covering this topic because you’re scared of pissing off the promoters and losing your press passes shame on you! This issue needs to be addressed by the entire community to prevent the past from repeating itself.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the topic! Please leave your comments below.