08/12/14Posted in News by Sara Furer

Diplo Bans Kandi After Mad Decent Deaths; Insomniac CEO Defends Rave Jewelry


Last week, Diplo responded to the recent influx of deaths at his Mad Decent Block Parties in cities around America by banning Kandi bracelets and other drug-associated paraphernalia at the most recent MDBP in Brooklyn, NY. The full list of prohibited items, as listed on official ticketing links, reads as follows:

NO Masks
NO Illegal Substances
NO Drugs or Drug Paraphernalia
NO Pets
NO Massagers
NO Laser Pointers
NO LED Gloves or LED Microlights used for Light Shows 
NO Pacifiers 
NO Eyedrops 
NO Glass, Cans, Cups or Coolers 
NO Refillable water bladders 
NO Markers, Pens or Spray Paint 
NO Large Chains or Spiked Jewelry 
NO Stickers or Fliers 
NO Tents, Large Umbrellas, Chairs, Lawn chairs or Blankets 
NO Large Purses or Bags (Anything over 10" x 10") 
NO Stuffed Animals or Dolls (Including Plush Backpacks) 
NO Kandi Bracelets or Kandi Necklaces 
NO Open Packs of Cigarettes or Unsealed Tampons (Upon Entry) 
NO Outside Food or Beverages (Including Alcohol and Candy) 
NO Weapons of any kind (Includes Pocket Knives, Pepper Spray, Fireworks, etc.) 
NO Professional Recording Equipment - Photo Video, or Audio (No Detachable
Lenses, Tripods, Big Zooms or Commercial Use Rigs) 
NO Video Cameras or GoPros 
NO Toy Weapons or Real Weapons of any kind

Diplo followed up the extensive prohibitions with the following tweet:

EDM fans were unsurprisingly not pleased with the new concert stipulations, restricting what many consider an inherent part of rave culture. Insomniac Events founder Pasquale Rotella took to Facebook to issue the following statement:

One of my favorite aspects of dance music culture is the freedom of self-expression. Since the early days, dance culture has always been a non-judgmental environment where you could express your individuality through art, music and positive energy. It’s been especially amazing to see how the making and trading of kandi has evolved over the years. Kandi started in Southern California, and is now a tradition embraced by ravers all over the world! I love that these beaded works of art create a special bond between the giver and recipient when traded. Although I don’t wear kandi regularly, I save all of the pieces I’ve been gifted by Headliners and remember the stories behind each one. Whether you’re from SoCal or Singapore, wear your kandi proudly and continue to spread the good vibes!

Progressive or too much? Tell us what you think in the comments!


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