Those who have ever been to a major music festival understand the feeling of relief after making it back home in one piece. The massive crowds can get rowdy, fast. The excitement of a live show combined with strangers in unknown territory combined with drugs can lead to amazing memories and horror stories in equal measure. Sadly, it’s the horror stories that make the news.
In 2013, the third day of the Electric Zoo Festival in New York City was cancelled after two attendees died and several others became critically ill from overdosing on molly. History repeated itself over the weekend in Southern California at the Hard Summer Music Festival, when two teenage girls died of drug overdoses. During the festival, 29 other concert-goers were reportedly treated for alcohol or drug related health issues. Another teenage girl reportedly died of a drug overdose at 2014’s festival.
All of these drug and alcohol related issues have led Los Angeles County to try to ban music festivals from being held in the area. According to Billboard, L.A. County’s chief executive was ordered by supervisors to take a closer look at the proposed ban. Though these tragedies occurred to a small percentage of the entire crowd, L.A. is proving it’s enough to have a serious impact on future music festival in the area.