New Year's Eve Concert at Oracle Arena Brings Concern Among Neighbors

Oracle Arena & O.co Coliseum officials say the upcoming electronic music concert will be held indoors and by a different promoter from the September rave that drew many complaints from neighboring residents.

The Oracle Arena will host a New Year's Eve electronic music concert this year, leaving many neighboring residents concerned of the potential noise issues experienced during a rave held at the O.co Coliseum in late September.

It will be the first time the concert, known as POPNYE, will be held at the venue. More than half a dozen artists are on this year's lineup, put on by the promoter Skills DJ,. The concert will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Kate Girotti, Director of Sales and Marketing for Oracle Arena and O.co Coliseum said that unlike the rave held in September, this will be an indoor concert. She said the arena has done a number of events with the promoter and hasn't had issues with any of them.

The September rave known as Beyond Wonderland Bay Area, featured three outdoor music areas and was produced by Insomniac Inc. at the coliseum.

That event drew many complaints from residents in Alameda, San Leandro, Oakland and even San Lorenzo, according to Alex Boskovich, senior legislative aid to District 3 Supervisor Wilma Chan. Many residents felt subjected to excessive noise emanating from the coliseum up till 2 a.m.

Boskovich told Patch that the supervisor has been in close contact with the coliseum and arena officials since the Beyond Wonderland rave and said they promised her that this upcoming event will be different.

"[They] assured us that there would be no outdoor element at all," Boskovich said.

Should there be any problems, Boskovich said constituents can contact the supervisor by calling the office at (510)278-0367 or by emailing district3@acgov.org.

Ken Briggs December 28, 2012 at 12:27 AM
we just have to wait and see . if it is in doors . hope the doors are closed . hope the cops are out to get all those drunks in the parking lots and around the area off the road .
virgo December 28, 2012 at 06:11 PM
You clearly know nothing about Alameda. First, the majority of the houses here are most definitely not cracker box houses. If you'd ever visited the island, you would know that. Second, the coliseum might be a few miles away but there is nothing but bay between it and Alameda. Therefore, nothing to block the noise. They've had concerts inside the ballpark in the past that were barely audible here. That rave in the parking lot was ridiculously loud. The Coliseum is not suited for big raves. There just isn't space for them inside and outside is out of the question given the proximity to residential neighborhoods. Anyways, as stated in the article, this event will be inside so good luck trying to hear it for free out on Harbor Bay.
Ken Briggs December 28, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Steve Tabor, I guess you must live in a pre fab house . but what ever yoiu are wrong . what is a cracker box house to you ? your butt knows that sound travels , so get smart and know what you are talking about ..I just hope the cops bust all of you drunks that leave the parking lots .
Christopher Lam December 29, 2012 at 09:54 AM
I will be attending and I use Hearo's earplugs ( bought them from guitar center a long time ago) which are supposed to lower the volume without cutting out various frequencies. They work and don't have any ringing after concerts =)
Ken Briggs December 29, 2012 at 04:34 PM
oh I azm staying home, going wait to hear all that stuff at that place they are going to control the sound this time , on yes I live here in San Leandro , and yes I can not get around that well right now for I have a broken right heel . and it is no fun getting around in a wheel chair .


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