Last call for rave promoter in wake of Cow Palace deaths 

A scheduled rave at The City’s Regency Center promoted by the organizers of a May dance festival at the Cow Palace where two young men died of an Ecstasy overdose has been canceled over safety concerns.

Concerns had mounted over security at the event scheduled for July 31. The Entertainment Commission, which licenses venues to hold events in San Francisco, and the Police Department both demanded a security plan for the event in light of two deaths at an event promoted by DJ Skills Workshop in May.

Trung Nguyen, 25, of San Jose died on June 6. A week earlier, Anthony Mata, 23, of Santa Clara was pronounced dead. A toxicology report last week confirmed that Ecstasy was the only drug found in Mata’s system.

At least nine other people who attended the Cow Palace rave were taken to Bay Area hospitals. The deaths have led state officials to  call for a ban on raves at the Cow Palace.

Another death at a massive Los Angeles electronic music festival in June led to officials there creating a task force to address safety issues at the events.

Entertainment Commission Deputy Director Jocelyn Kane said Tuesday that the event planned at the Regency Center at Sutter Street and Van Ness Avenue was nixed because there was a breach of contract between the two parties.

The event would have been the 16th time since 2001 the promoter held dance parties at the Regency Center, according to an earlier statement from Jason Sperling, who runs the promotion company.

But the partnership has apparently come to a brief halt. In a joint statement from Sperling and Paul Billings of AEG Live, which manages events at the venue, the two parties said there was a “mutual decision” not to hold the event “based on business considerations.”

“We look forward to working together in the future to host safe and responsible events for the electronic music community,” the statement read.

Sperling’s website said the event would still be happening despite “events beyond our control.

AEG Live, manager of the Regency Center, shares the same owners as Clarity Media, which oversees The Examiner.

Danger at raves

A rave May 29 at the Cow Palace in Daly City and another June 26-27 in Los Angeles made headlines due to deaths at the events.

2 People who died at Cow Palace rave
73 Arrests made at Cow Palace rave
800 Ecstasy tablets seized at Cow Palace rave
1 Death at Los Angeles rave last month
60 Arrests made at at L.A. rave
200 Medical emergencies at L.A. rave

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