Results of MTV's "The Music Experiment: Flux Pavilion" are in, and they are not shocking — electronic dance music draws large, sometimes uncontrollable crowds.
MTV Iggy, a division that channels international music to American audiences, held the final of four exclusive shows in town on Tuesday night with the British DJ and dubstep producer Flux Pavilion, sometimes known as Joshua Steele.
But it wasn't the 400 attendees inside Santa Monica Airport's Hangar: 8 (capacity: 1,500 people) that prompted police to the scene, it was the estimated 2,000-2,500 people crowding the surrounding grounds.
In filming the Amoeba Records ticket-giveaway portion of the event — for which people began lining up in the wee hours of the morning — organizers wrote of the early, overwhelming fan response:
"Hollywood wasn’t ready for the lines of super fans ready to claim their Music Experiment tickets to see Flux Pavilion perform live. See the pandemonium for yourself… Become one with your fellow raver, or something."
The L.A. Times reports that trouble began when hundreds more ticketed fans showed up to see Flux Pavilion than the event permit allowed, according to authorities.
The hangar has a capacity of 1,500 people, but Santa Monica police estimate that between 2,500 and 3,000 people showed up with printed tickets, and officers working the event called for backup.
At 8:30 p.m., an hour after the event began, additional police officers from the Los Angeles, Culver City and Beverly Hills police departments arrived and determined the crowd was too large to control.
The party was shut down at 9:30 p.m. with as many as 2,000 people waiting to get inside. Police say some people began climbing fences and two arrests were made for public intoxication, but no injuries were reported.
As the contest was run through social media, the social media response was harsh. Flux Pavilion tweeted appreciation to his fans and expletives about the decisions of local law enforcement.
The networked issued a statement to the L.A. Times on Wednesday:
"Organizers considered it best to end the event earlier than scheduled...Fans filed out in an orderly fashion and no one was hurt. MTV Iggy thanks the fans who showed up for the performance and regret any inconvenience caused by its early end."