Is it really worth it? Tragically, we hear about these situations every year. Someone dies at a music festival. The one place they are supposed to be letting go of all of their stressors turns into the last place they are alive.
The parents of Nicholas Austin Tom, a UC Irvine graduate who collapsed at the Electric Daisy Carnival concert after taking ecstasy in 2015, allege that the festival did not train staff properly and had inadequate medical resources for attendees. The lawsuit claims that after it took 30 minutes for festival-goers to carry Tom to a medical tent, the tent was empty and the crew did not have proper medical training.
Tom’s father, Terry, is suing event organizer Insomniac and Live Nation, claiming scarce and understaffed medical facilities. He also claims volunteers had no medical experience and cites insufficient access to water.
The lawsuit comes just days after another man tragically died after leaving this year’s festival.
It really is sad that people are dying at these events, but the one thing that is always present in these deaths is at least one drug. Although they are widely used throughout the festival scene, they are illegal and therefore their purity is uncertain especially when acquiring them from people you don’t know. Although, if you do choose to partake, make sure what you’re taking is from a very trusted source or test it yourself with the many different testing kits available.
Also, from many people I know who attended this and past years’ EDCs, they always report an abundance of free water stations and medical staff who would check on attendees even if they sat down on the ground. Let’s put an end to festival deaths and be smart about what we choose to do and watch out for one another.