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San Bernardino Raves Live On

Insomniac's Wonderland festivals almost had to find a new home

San Bernardino, the home of insomniacs Southern California based festivals such as Beyond Wonderland, Escape, and Nocturnal Wonderland, lives on as a rave destination.

Janice Rutherford, a San Bernardino County supervisor, recently revealed a proposal that would have shut raves out of the area. This would be a major blow to the community, since electronic dance music festivals have already been banned from the National Orange Show Events Center.

Yesterday, the Board of Supervisors voted to reject the proposal, which would have ended Live Nation's contracts with the San Manuel Amphitheater, home of some of their Wonderland events. 

Live Nation had originally secured an extension of San Manuel's curfew from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. on the condition that promoters keep the noise contained. Unfortunately, Rutherford had received complaints from residents that were fed up with the noise and drugs associated with the parties. 

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Local hotel operators joined ravers in their plea to let the parties continue. With only three of five supervisors present, the motion to cut ties with Live Nation and its raves was rejected. However, a motion by Rutherford to negotiate bringing the 2 a.m. curfew to an earlier time was approved. 

We may be seeing earlier ending Wonderland events, but at least those beloved raves will live on in the place they've grown to call home.

Source: La Weekly

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