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EDM banned from city run venues in Bloomington, Illinois

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family-photo-wakarusa-2011.jpgThe city of Bloomington, Illinois has gone all Footloose on EDM, announcing a ban on all events related to electronic music at venues owned by the local government.

The restriction was reportedly enacted due to the number of drug-related arrests and hospitalisations surrounding the annual Bassnectar event in the city. As one of his favourite events, Bassnectar is understandably very upset by the decision, which follows similar sanctions at the Congress Theatre in Chicago.

Whilst being rather amusing, we must agree that banning all forms of dance music is slightly over the top. A petition has already been started to reverse the law, until then, Bassnectar has reorganised his show for the nearby town of Peoria, although whether we can expect some form of punch-dancing, cake-throwing montage is yet to be confirmed.

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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