I think most of you are looking at this party through emotionally clouded eyes, because you went through unpleasant experiences. But, as is always the case, blame seems to be flung in all directions without any regard for logic or truth.
In regards to the lineup out front, well that was probably controlled by the venue and/or the police, not the promoters. I'm not sure on this point, but I believe the owners of Luxor are pretty strict and seem to be hard to deal with.
When the party was shut down, I believe that was the decision of the police and no one else. Again, I could be wrong though.
So the bad things, namely the lineups and the early closure, have to do with the venue and not the promoters.
So now the problem becomes: why did Empire have to use Luxor? They could have used a better venue like the Docks.
I don't agree with this at all. First of all, maybe Empire was purposefully trying to throw a smaller party to increase the vibe inside. Imagine sharing Nicky Blackmarket, Future Cut, Usual Suspects, Shabba D, Skibadee, Fearless, and all the toronto talent with only 2000 people instead of 4000 or 5000 people. Seems pretty good doesn't it? And by limiting the number of people who could attend, Empire would potentially be making less money. Yet you blame them for this decision? It seems like pretty good intentions to me.
Furthermore, what are the other options? The Docks? Please, every party for the last several months seems to have been at the Docks. That place is becoming more monotonous than the Warehouse did a few years ago! The CNE buildings? That would have been a giant party, which might not have been what Empire was hoping for. I know I would prefer a smaller party, and a lot of other people would too.
Plus, the Luxor is one of the most visually appealing venues in the city, and worked perfectly for the party's concert-like atmosphere. And it hasn't been used (except by Citrus) in several years.
Personally, I commend Empire for trying something different. Obviously things did not work out as they planned, but look at what they were trying to do: throw a small-medium sized party with amazing talent in an innovative location. Sure they were taking a chance by using the Luxor, but would you rather they simply stick to the status quo? Do you want to make it law that every rave promoter has to use the Docks or the CNE?
If no one took chances anymore, the world would be a pretty boring place.