Rave culture has received so much flack in recent years despite generating millions in revenue for the cities in which events occur in. A great example is the dilemma San Bernardino County residents have had with the extremely popular “Nocturnal Wonderland” rave held at the NOS Events Center. Although San Bernardino is a California city that recently filed for bankruptcy, you would think it would be the last city filing noise complaints about an event, which according to a study commissioned by Insomniac Events, revealed that the “festival stimulated nearly $11.9 million in local economic output”. Simply said, ravers have money and they are willing to spend it on whatever it takes to experience their music, that means everything from hotels to local businesses.
But here again, the dilemma is not restricted strictly to San Bernardino County, residents in Miami, FL have clearly made their voice heard that one weekend of UMF is okay, but 2 weekends is excessive. Residents lodged complaints and the City of Miami took them seriously and have drafted “a resolution of the Miami City Commission affirmatively opposing the second weekend of the Ultra Music Festival in Bayfront Park”.
The legislation continues and even cites:
“WHEREAS, said event will be disruptive to the local business community and area residents due to noise, nuisance behavior by festival goers, and grid locked traffic; and”
“WHEREAS, one weekend of disruption may be tolerable to residents and the business community, but two (2) consecutive weekends will cause disruptions in work and local offices and create difficulty in accessing residential buildings”
People attend major league sports games and concerts, why should raves be discriminated against? And again why would you be against an event that generates millions of revenue? In just one weekend of UMF alone in 2012, a study conducted by “the Washington Economics Group and commissioned by Ultra Music Festival, the EDM fest’s annual economic impact on Miami-Dade County is an astounding $79 million, including $32 in labor income and $50 million in GDP contributions”. That means that a one weekend music festival generated $79 million, imagine what two weekends of this music festival would do for Miami-Dade County.
But, don’t fear, you change this. Immediately after the news release regarding the attempt to cancel weekend 2 of UMF, ravers immediately united and EDMLounge.com created a petition on the website change.org.
If you want your voice heard just like the residents of Miami, you’ll sign the petition online.
Not convinced that UMF is epic? Check out the UMF 2012 Aftermovie below: