While television news crews converged on the Audiotistic Music Festival Saturday night to focus on the controversy of rave-like music events, thousands of fans inside the concert appeared to pay little attention.
Hesperia residents Joel Fox, 19 and Brittney Buell, 20, happily climbed up a massive slide at the National Orange Show and raced each other down on towels.
Buell bragged after she defeated Fox and each discussed what was the craziest thing they had seen at the festival at 12:10 a.m. Sunday.
“Girls with different types of underwear,” Fox said with a laugh. Added Buell: “I got caught stealing a whole water bottle” but she didn’t agree with it because the item was selling for $4.
The Audiotistic Music Festival, which started at 6 p.m. Saturday, and concluded at 4 a.m. Sunday and tens of thousands of people attended the event.
Insomniac Events, which puts on the Audiotistic festival, put together the Electric Daisy Carnival in Los Angeles where a 15-year-old teen girl died of a drug overdose after attending the event, which drew about 185,000 people, according to media reports.
There also was 120 people who required transport to local hospitals, mostly for drug intoxication. In response to the carnival event, tickets for the Audiotistic festival could only be purchased by those age 18 and older.
Cynthia Castro, 18, of Palmdale said she felt horrible for the teen’s family but “if you take drugs you have to take responsibility” for your actions.
Castro, who also attended the daisy carnival, said the Los Angeles event “should not be cause for cancelation or become a reason to make big changes” in similar events. “It’s different from going to the clubs,” Castro said. “People are more friendly.”
She added that out of the 100,000 people who attended the carnival, only a small percentage actually were involved in the drug related incidents.
Castro added she liked the temporary 18 and over provision introduced for Audiotistic.
Numerous young women like Castro wore “fuzzy boots,” or boots with material hanging from them, and skimpy bikini outfits that left little to the imagination dressed up with as many colorful accessories as possible.
Many of the males wore neon colored tank tops, skinny jeans and stylish sneakers.
The audience appeared to be primarily youths in their late teens and early 20s with many wearing as little clothing as possible.
Featured acts included Kid Cudi, Bassnectar, Talib Kweli & DJ Hi-Tek, N.A.S.A., The Cool Kids, A-Trak, Marco V and Rusko.
N.A.S.A., who performed inside The Boombox tent, gave an entertaining show from start to finish complete with women dancers painted silver who wore only wore bikini bottoms and pasties, dancers dressed as stuffed animals and guest artists including Fat Lip from the hip-hop group the Pharcyde.
Kid Cudi, who ended his Sunday morning set with his hit “Pursuit of Happiness,” was entertaining but not flawless as he only performed one verse of his biggest hit “Day and Night” and was clearly off key when he tried to sing but his audience didn’t seem to mind.
Parking was $20 at the venue while tickets were $65 on the day of the show.
Vendors at the show sold sausages, teriyaki chicken, pepperoni pizza, burritos and more.
Food vendor Kelli Boyle, 19, of Long Beach said water and the occasional sausage sell were her most popular items Saturday night.
“They seem to come in groups,” Boyle said of her customers, adding she originally was skeptical people would even eat at the event because they would consume too many drugs.
“I hope they keep on dancing and will want to eat later.”
Boyle, who attended the daisy carnival as a fan, said she thought there was too much attention paid to that event’s negativity. She thought increasing the age to 18 and over for Audiotistic solved the problem but added she felt bad for the teen’s parents.
When asked, Boyle said the craziest thing she saw at the festival Saturday night was a “guy on a stretcher. He was strapped down just laying there.”
Internet mattress salesman Saman Saman, who ran for San Bernardino’s 4th Ward City Council seat in 2009, sold ice cream at the event, with chocolate tacos among the biggest selling item.
Saman said the event was good for all businesses in the immediate area including hotels, fast food restaurants, convenience stores, taxi cabs and tow trucks.
“It’s good for San Bernardino,” Saman said, adding that concertgoers could “come and express their freedom.