[UPDATED: Now with Zero Booze!] Wet Electric is Still Happening This Weekend, City Lawsuit Thrown Out

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Party on!
[Update: Apparently this weekend's Wet Electric will be booze free. See more info after the jump]
Today we got word that this weekend's Wet Electric party in Huntington Beach will go on as scheduled, despite an attempt by the Huntington Beach City Council to unplug the event with an 11th-hour lawsuit against the promoter, Premiere Media Group. What can we say, the outcome isn't much of a shocker (ok, pun time over).

After a Wednesday hearing in Santa Ana, Judge Jamoa Moberly says the city failed to prove it might suffer irreparable harm from the Wet Electric music festival scheduled for Saturday at Huntington State Beach. The party, set for Sep. 14 from 12p.m.-9 p.m., is expected to draw about 10,000 people for a full day of DJs, booze and other things that involve getting crunk in an enclosed area of Huntington Beach State Park. Tickets are going for about $100 (not exactly the same free-for-all that the U.S. Open of Surfing was). Among the performers listed are Paul Oakenfold, Erick Morillo, Nadia Ali and nearly two dozen other DJs.

In a report from City News Service, Judge Moberly also said the city could have acted sooner in its effort to halt the event, noting that Huntington Beach officials must have known about the event as early as August. The Huntington Beach City Council's lawsuit contended that the promoters were in breach of city zoning codes, which also turned out to be incorrect because the beach is considered state property.

The news today seems like a walk-through victory for PMG, which partnered with the state officials to plan the event on the beach, an area not subject to city control according to officer Kevin Pearsall, a peace officer with the California State Parks. "We will be using state resources, not city resources," he told the L.A. Times when the lawsuit was first filed late last week.

Look out for our review of the festival next week. Hopefully the most chaos we have to deal with is fighting the crowds to get a drink at the bar.

[Update: So it looks like we won't have to worry about chaos at the bar after all, as the state Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control denied a liquor license to the promoters due to lack of an adequate safety plan. A dry Wet Electric? We're not sure if that will help things or just make the brosefs more upset that they can't get their drink on. Again, we remind you, that OC Weekly news racks had nothing to do with this decision and do not deserve the brunt of your hatred. That's what the OC Register racks are for.]

See also: City Council Suing to Stop Wet Electric Beach Party. Too Little Too Late?

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rjohnson_415
rjohnson_415

Hey! Go fuck yourself haters! It was a very successful event, and just because you don't listen to Electronic Music gives you no right to be an asshole hating on such a large community of people that do. I don't like country, you don't see my protesting country music concerts now do you? NO FUCKING WAY, because I have much better things to do with my time. Keep it classy people...

dale_c
dale_c

Bring lots of hand sanitizer!

Danny Herrick
Danny Herrick

watch how many duis are giving on pch and Bolsa haha

Nita Charlton
Nita Charlton

Bust anyone that breaks the LAWS OF HB...and bill the F out of the promoter and or the State for any and all costs that these head bobbing house music loving, douche bags cost the City, and post a live video of the DUI Check Point that HAS to be places at the Brookhurst Street parking lot entrance!! These tools will NEVER walk 2.5 miles to raise hell on Main Street! Being on the tax $$ and the ticket $$ too

Ian Ray
Ian Ray

I bet a lifeguard will have to drag e-tards out of 2 foot water

Jack O'Loughlin
Jack O'Loughlin

There is going to be a lot more police on the beat in HB for this weekend

Niko Babic
Niko Babic

Have fun kids! I may ride my bike down & see if I can hear some music for free while body surfing. Y'all calm down!

Kerry Collins
Kerry Collins

They are going to part all over town so we wont have parking AGAIN...

Kerry Collins
Kerry Collins

Great drunk people pissing all over the town but not on my property you will have another thing coming to you.Oh and put your trash in a trash can when you leave not all over our neighborhood.

April Williams
April Williams

The state parks must be desperate for revenue. Each year we buy state park parking passes which are also good for the beaches. Forget it, we won't contribute this year. This is too close to home. Who's driving all the drunks and ravers home? Staying off the streets this day.

Saul Solarte
Saul Solarte

I don't understand why everyone is comparing this to the US OPEN. This is not a free event; people are paying top dollar to have a good time at the State Beach and listen to great music. If things end in a bad way, then you have the right to complain. However, I do agree that there are idiots out there. Just my 2 pennies.

John Grace
John Grace

So the State Beach flexes its muscle does it? Well those party goers still have to get to the beach to attend. As near as I can tell the 405 is a helluva walk.

Gina Aspaturian
Gina Aspaturian

This is going to be a major shit storm, mark my words. I wouldn't go near HB during this.

Magdalena DelReal
Magdalena DelReal

I think if there is enough police present then it will not get crazy.

Jason W Buckley
Jason W Buckley

Who's bright idea was it to have a rave in Huntington Beach? This kind of event needs to take place where security has more control of the crowd.

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