DEVORE (CBSLA.com) — Tens of thousands are expected this weekend at one of the area’s most popular and most controversial events, a rave at the San Manuel Amphitheater in Devore.
The music festivals have come under fire after several suspected drug-related deaths and hundreds of arrests in the past few years.
Folks who live in the area are bracing to see what the weekend brings.
“This noise level is insane and it goes on until the wee hours of the morning, it’s really hard to sleep,” Christine Omar said.
The Nocturnal Wonderland Festival goes until 2 a.m. Saturday morning, the first of three days of notoriously hard-partying.
Local leaders and event organizers say they’ve made significant changes to help keep the parties problem-free, but some neighbors remain skeptical.
“There’s a lot of kids there and it’s really easy for them to sneak that stuff in,” Omar said.
An L.A. Times report from earlier this month found at least 25 confirmed drug-related deaths nationwide in the past decade among fans who went to raves hosted by L.A. companies, including 12 in Southern California.
Earlier this year the L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted on safety guidelines for raves. The L.A. County Fair Association went even further saying it would not host any raves at all this year.
A ban seems too extreme to fans like Sydney Bradley. She says her fun shouldn’t be ruined by others who maybe need to be saved from themselves.