More than 1,500 people called police to complain about noise from a rave at the Oakland Coliseum last year, but concerns over another massive party set for Oracle Arena Saturday night center more on drug use.
The electronic dance music event Sensation: Ocean of White will fill Oracle Arena Saturday evening.
Organizers were calling it a nightlife experience with numerous DJs spinning heart-pounding music, an underwater theme with pulsing lights, synchronized fountains and aerial acrobats is expected to draw more than 8,000 adults dancing the night away.
Video from previous Sensation events show the elaborate stage design and intricate lighting that were on display at venues around the world. Saturday marks the first Sensation show in the Bay Area.
Outside the arena Friday, crews were taking care of the last minute design details, KTVU talked with the event director about a problem that often pops up at similar electronic dance music shows.
The use of illegal drugs, especially ecstacy or molly as it is now known, has become increasingly popular among dance music festivals attendees.
Two people died at a music festival in new york over labor day weekend, leading organizers to cancel the final day of the festival.
"When something happens at an electronic dance music event, it's in the spotlight," said Sensation event director Eric Keijer. "But if something happens in the streets, you don't hear about it. So that's a thing that we always fight against. It's illegal to use drugs and it's illegal to use drugs at our events. And that's what it is."
The last big dance music festival last year prompted more than 1,700 noise complaints to area police departments, but that was largely because it was held in tents in the venue parking lot.
This event is inside the arena, so noise problems should be minimal.
The organizers of Sensation said there were still tickets available.
Watchdogs are questioning an exclusive agreement between the City of Oakland and a non-profit group, tapped to lead a multi-million dollar project to redevelop the area around the Coliseum BART station.