SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Officials call electronic dance show a success - Press-Enterprise (blog)

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 SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Officials call electronic dance show a success - Press-Enterprise (blog)

Electronic music star David Guetta, shown in a 2012 performance at Coachella, was one of the headliners at Beyond Wonderland

Beyond Wonderland’s inaugural show at the San Manuel Amphitheater in Devore this past weekend is being described as a success by San Bernardino County officials.

No major problems were reported at the March 16 electronic dance concert, the first to be held at the county-owned facility since the Board of Supervisors amended its rules in January to allow for such events.

County spokesman David Wert said there were no reports of violence or concert-goers who needed hospitalization. The number of arrests were typical for concerts at the venue, he said.

Wert, who was on site Saturday, said county officials found the thousands of attendees to be very well-behaved.

The festival had previously been held at the National Orange Show Events Center in San Bernardino.

Large electronic dance shows have come under scrutiny in recent years because of drug-related arrests and overdoses at some events.

In a news release, Supervisor Josie Gonzales said security precautions that included 300 private security guards, 100 sheriff’s deputies, undercover officers and screening identification to not allow any minors helped ensure a safe event. Concert promoter Live Nation paid for those costs.

“Despite disparaging comments expressed by others leading up to the event, the county demonstrated a commitment to keeping everyone safe,” Gonzales said.

The board was split on the issue of allowing electronic dance music at the Devore facility with Supervisors Janice Rutherford and Gary Ovitt opposed because of past controversies over such shows.

By: Imran Ghori

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