Porter Robinson’s Set Cut Short by Police Noah KlineSunday, April 28, 2013CultureEvents218 Comments Last night at the Matador Music Festival in Santa Barbara, California, Porter Robinson’s set was cut short at 11:00 PM by the Santa Barbara Police. Robinson was scheduled to play till 11:30 but when the police decided they were going to intervene, things got dicey. Robinson was told right before he was going to play his track ‘Language’, that he was going to have to stop playing. Instead, he refused to deny the audience of the performance they were promised and had paid for and attempted to play one last song, the fan favorite, ‘Language’. On twitter, Robinson explains his side of what happened: i got on the mic and said “guys, the cops are shutting us down in 5 minutes. gonna play language. don’t get mad, stay positive.” — porter robinson (@porterrobinson) April 28, 2013 This led to the power being cut completely. Police accused Robinson of “inciting a riot” by not heeding to the words of officers and threatened to confiscate his equipment and arrest him. While it is currently unclear as to the reason for the festival’s shut down, what is known is that Robinson isn’t happy about it, and rightfully so. He took to Twitter last night to vent. the cops cut the power two minutes after that, claiming that i was ‘inciting a riot’ by explaining the situation to the crowd. — porter robinson (@porterrobinson) April 28, 2013 the sheriff told me he was going to arrest me and seize all of my equipment ‘as evidence’. vindictive tyrant is embarrassed about the truth. — porter robinson (@porterrobinson) April 28, 2013 In a final statement of frustration, Robinson tweeted this: the police are not on your side. — porter robinson (@porterrobinson) April 28, 2013 It is baffling and infuriating that a festival as big as the Matador Music Festival would be shut down 30 minutes before its scheduled end for seemingly no reason. It seems as if it is another police act in their war on EDM. However, Porter Robinson acted with maturity far beyond his 20 years in calmly addressing a crowd and attempting to at least end the show early on a good note, without freaking out or actually trying to incite a riot like many others would surely do. It is unfortunate that the Santa Barbara Police didn’t respond with the same maturity and instead threatened him and falsely accused him of attempting to incite a riot, when in fact he was trying to end the show in a way that was fair to the fans and complied with the order to stop playing. As you can see, festival goers weren’t happy about the police intervention either, but seem to respect and support the actions of Porter: @porterrobinson LOL geez. Well Language is such a hardcore death-metal song of course… — Rukes (@rukes) April 28, 2013 @porterrobinson What a fucking joke. Hope you’re okey man. Why did the police shut it down? — Johan Malmgren (@JohanMalmgren) April 28, 2013 It will be interesting to see why such a large and official event got shut down. There is is curently no attribution of fault to Disco Donnie Presents and Collective Effort Events, those in charge of production for Matador. We will update this story when more information reveals itself.