After taking the stage some 20 minutes after his performance was scheduled to begin due to reported technical difficulties, production issues persisted, leading Insomniac to cut his already truncated set short after an extensive period of audience booing.
In a series of Instagram posts following the embattled show, the outspoken rapper claimed that Insomniac attempted to “sabotage [his] sound so many times,” following up the accusation with his classic self-coined adage, “THEY DONT WANT US TO WIN.”
They Tried to sabotage my sound so many times THEY couldnot get the sound right on my set and i still stood on stage wit no sound and when they got the sound to work they want cut my set short but I still rep for my people anyone else would walk off stage .. i knew my California and Vegas fans was in the building .. THEY DONT WANT US TO WIN SO WE WIN MORE FOR THERE HEAD TOP!!! It’s all luv thoe .. love is the .. I forgive them … love is always the answer !
Though it goes without saying that Khaled’s claims of “sabotage” on Insomniac’s part are preposterous, it’s worth noting that the issues he faced were indeed out of his control. On the third night of EDC, Khaled was not the only artist to experience difficulties at the Cosmic Meadow stage; sources onsite at the festival have noted that Chet Porter and marshmello’s set also suffered from production setbacks.
Its unclear exactly what the cause of Cosmic Meadow’s sound problems were, though Khaled’s onstage assertion that the heat played a role could have some truth to it due to the increased temperatures Sunday night.
As a silver lining to Khaled’s festival debacle, deadmau5 was able to find a new wisecrack to work into any future sets where things get complicated for him:
“they sabotaged my set! my sound isnt right.” – im saving this one for later.
— dead mow cinco (@deadmau5) June 19, 2017
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