Wet Electric will happen on Huntington State Beach, this Saturday.
very happy, we're elated that the right outcome came out," said Steve
Thacher, President of Premiere Media Group, the promoter of Wet
The music festival, which is what the promoter calls
it, will have live music performances, a zip line, inflatable water
slides, even booze sold right on the sand. Those are just a few of the
reasons the city of Huntington Beach sued to stop Wet Electric.
genuine concern is what they're going to do when they leave. They're
going to be at an event where alcohol is freely served from 12-9pm,"
said Huntington Beach City Attorney Jennifer McGrath.
took its concerns to court a day before set up for the event was to
start. But a judge quickly decided, the stretch of coast belongs to the
state and the city has no jurisdiction.
Even after the ruling
the city questions whether the state put money over safety? Premiere
Media Group paid the state $90,000 in fees for rent, permits and
security for Wet Electric.
"When you look at the overall cost of
what this event is costing, the money of the revenue is minimal," said
Brian Ketterer, superintendent with OC State Parks.
promoter says, what it's really about is the riot following to US Open
of Surfing. Thacher says Wet Electric was unfairly targeted because of
that. "his event has been in the planning process for months and moths
and we never got any notice that there were any issues until after the
riot broke out at the US.. Open," said Thacher.
Wet electric will
likely draw up to 10,000 people. In the hearing the judge said the
city of Huntington Beach has similar events, or larger ones, all the