Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Cow Palace Says No to Subsonic Spookfest, Pop Raves

Posted By on Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 3:28 PM

click to enlarge cow_palace_thumb_250x164.jpg
You'll have to take your glow sticks somewhere else, raver kids: the Cow Palace in Daly City won't be hosting any more Subsonic Spookfests or Pop 2010 parties.

The board of directors that controls the state-owned arena voted yesterday to specifically ban those events, after two died of ecstasy overdoses at the Pop 2010 The Dream party in May, and 17 were hospitalized with in drug and alcohol-related injuries at the Subsonic Spookfest last month.

Joe Barkett, chief executive officer of the arena, told the S.F. Chronicle that the decision wasn't related to a lack of security or medical personnel at the events. "In fact, it was just the opposite," he said, indicating the decision was tied solely to the injuries at this year's events.

At Pop 2010 in May, two died of ecstasy overdoses -- taking too much of the drug while dancing in a hot room without drinking water -- and at least six others required treatment. About 16,000 people attended the event.

Live 105's Subsonic Spookfest saw similar attendance numbers, and 17 were hospitalized with drug and alcohol issues. The injuries saw local politicians calling for more control over the venue, which is just across Geneva Ave. from San Francisco.

It's unclear where future Subsonic Spookfests will be held, assuming the annual Halloween dance party will continue. A spokesperson for Live Nation, which promotes Subsonic Spookfest along with Live 105, hasn't yet returned our request for comment.

Follow us on Twitter @SFAllShookDown and @iPORT

  • Pin It

About The Author

Ian S. Port

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook

Slideshows

  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"