A multiday electronic music festival that drew tens of thousands of people to Randalls Island over Labor Day weekend was canceled on Sunday, its last day, after city officials said two concertgoers had died and at least four others had fallen critically ill during the first two days of the event, known as the Electric Zoo.
Both deaths were consistent with use of the drug MDMA, also known as Ecstasy or molly, prompting the city to recommend that the concerts be canceled just hours before the third day of the festival was to start, the mayor’s office said, citing “serious health risks.” It remained unclear whether Electric Zoo, which was in its fifth year and had become a major attraction for electronic dance music fans, would return next year.
Asked if the deaths would prompt the city to take a harder look at whether to issue permits for similar events in the future, Marc LaVorgna, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s press secretary, said, “From Simon and Garfunkel to the Black Eyed Peas, concerts in parks and public spaces have been part of the fabric of New York City for decades.” But he added, “We are examining what occurred at this weekend’s event.”
For the thousands of fans who flocked to Electric Zoo for big-name acts like Krewella, Avicii and David Guetta, the first two days were a marathon party, a chance to dance from morning until night. In animal masks, angel wings, fluorescent tutus and glitter-encrusted bikinis, beaded bracelets and rainbow wigs, the concertgoers had come from all over the country, paying around $200 each day. Trance music and dubstep boomed from five stages as disc jockeys urged on the cheerful, buzzing crowd, which topped 100,000 last year.
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Brillz and Bassnectar on drug use in the Media and EDM:
I'd like to start of by saying that Im writing this essay simply because I have a desire to be a force for positive change. Even if I can make .001% difference in a few lives by speaking my mind, I'm willing to put myself out there for that.
There are no right and wrongs here. Im not telling anyone what to do, or not do. These are simply MY thoughts, MY beliefs, MY opinions. My hope is that it resonates with at least some of you. I'm very passionate about our community of artists, fans, and the events we all attend, on both sides of stage. Im writing this cause I care.
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Do you think it's partially the media's fault ONTD? R.I.P. :(
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