Sade’s “By Your Side” is still having a moment as evidenced by the fact that Bon Iver invited Moses Sumney onstage to sing a cover of the song at Bonnaroo. Sumney was one of several guests Justin Vernon performed with at the festival. He played two sets on 6/9 and used the later one … More »
At a major event like Bonnaroo Festival, the safety of the attendees is usually the top priority of the medical staff. The paramedic team, who already had their hands full with 37 hospitalizations and one death at this year’s festival, were forced to look after their own, as four paramedics were hospitalized for exposure to carbon monoxide.
Due to a blocked exhaust pipe of a generator, the Bonnaroo staff’s recreational vehicle began to fill with toxic carbon monoxide gas. Fortunately, one of the paramedics awoke on Monday and was able to find help. Three members of the medical team were airlifted to a hospital while the other was taken to a nearby facility. The names and conditions of the paramedics remain unknown.
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Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is one of the largest music festivals in the United States. Even if a certain publication threw a bit of a hissy fit over the festival moving away from legacy acts as headliners, the Tennessee festival still remains widely popular. Over the weekend the festival sees close to 100,000 people
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A man has died at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee, having been found unresponsive Friday (June 8) morning in his car. According to festival organizers, patrons approached the medical team in the event site’s Plaza 6 camping area requesting medical assistance for a 35-year-old man. The medical team responded and founded … More »
Multiple news sources are reporting that one person has died at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. It’s the first death to occur at the four-day festival in three years.
The attendee’s body was discovered in the festival camping grounds between the hours of 10 and 11 a.m. June 8, according to local authorities. Lucky Knott, a spokesperson for the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office, said the only known detail of the deceased person’s identity is that he was male. The cause of death is still unknown, although foul play has not suspected, and an autopsy has been planned to determine the cause.
The investigation is still active and ongoing. DA will update this post as more news becomes available.
One can’t expect to attend Bonnaroo and not get a little dirty. It’s a 4-day extravaganza in the outskirts of Manchester, Tennessee, where the hot June sun is only a small factor in a dirt-filled, potentially muddy environment…but that’s the fun of it right?
Well, attendees can prepare to have as much fun as they want without the worries of having to wear a soiled t-shirt from day 1, as the festival has announced a free laundry service and vintage clothing swap. The new addition — called the LaundROO Lounge — will be a 3,600 square-foot area in Centeroo where festival-goers can drop off dirty clothes and have them washed, dried, and folded for free.
Powered by LG Electronics, the site will also feature 2,500 pieces of vintage clothing (sourced from NY-based clothing shop, What Goes Around Comes Around), which attendees can choose from to trade for what they’re already wearing. The traded clothes will be washed and displayed for others to check out and potentially swap. Any unclaimed clothing will be donated to United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region.
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You no longer have any excuse for looking disgusting at Bonnaroo. The long-running festival — which is famous for its heat, its dust, and its mud — is coming to Manchester, Tennessee this weekend. It’s got a lineup that features acts like Eminem, the Killers, and Muse. But here’s something that’s potentially more exciting … More »
A new survey conducted by Tickpick sought to evaluate the hookup culture of the festival scene, and as the findings indicate, it’s thriving.
Tickpick collected self-reported information from 1,050 people from Amazon’s Mechanical Turk about their sexual activity at music festivals. The statistics revealed 50.2% of festival goers to be open to a “weekend fling,” meaning that the odds of finding a temporary rave bae in the crowd are very likely to be in the favor of those seeking one. 33.6% of attendees reported having sex at a music festival.
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Camping festivals Electric Forest, Bonnaroo, and Burning Man ranked as the top three most popular music festivals for sex, with 30.2%, 27.3%, and 25.2% of ticket holders experiencing a sexual encounter at each event, respectively.
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Tickpick’s data determined Burning Man and Electric Forest to be the top two music festivals for oral sex, with 28.2% of Burning Man attendees engaging in oral activity, and 20.9% of Electric Forest attendees following suit. Electric Daisy Carnival came in third at 18.7%. 46.4% of festival goers stated that they’d had oral sex with someone they’d just met at one of the listed festivals.
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A daring 3.8% of survey participants said that they’d had sex in a festival dance tent. Surprisingly enough, a dance tent was the area that saw the least sex: port-a-potties saw comparatively more action, with 9.4% of attendees getting it on by the toilets. 15.3% reported doing so in a crowd, while 7.2% got hot and heavy backstage. The two most popular locations for festival sex were the tent, and the car.
As the survey identified, “face down a** up that’s the way we like to f*ck” isn’t just a favorite song to shout among festival crowds: doggy style turned out to be the most popular position of festival hookups, with 43.9% citing doggy style as their preferred festival position.
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Over the years, drug and alcohol’s relationship with electronic dance music has heightened its foothold in worldwide festival culture. Music festivals themselves undeniably afford a collective culture of intoxication — a palpable permeation of substance use and abuse that one can sniff out regardless of whether they choose to partake or not. Considering substance abuse’s assimilation, one may find themselves wondering just how deeply drugs and alcohol are intertwined with the modern festival landscape. Is substance abuse worse than it seems, and how is the industry taking responsibility for its needed conversations about these substances and their abuse?
In an effort to gain a better understanding of the how the industry is working through its deeply embedded substance use and abuse, it’s helpful to first try and understand the roles different substances play at festivals. To do so, TickPick — an ever-growing ticketing marketplace — surveyed 1,000 attendees of well-known music festivals about their own intoxicating experiences. Their participants ranged in age from 18 to 74, with a mean of 32.4. In the end, their results revealed not only the common types of drugs at festivals and which events are associated with which substances, but a general synopsis as to what the landscape of American consumption looks like in 2018 and beyond.
Overall substance use at festivals
More than three-quarters of participants reported consuming alcohol while attending a festival, which is roughly double the percentage of participants who had consumed any other substance and almost more than twice the rate of those who consumed marijuana.
Though more than a third of respondents reported smoking marijuana at a festival, a smaller, yet still significant portion of people reported using harder drugs. Thirteen percent of respondents reported using MDMA in some form, with hallucinogens’ use clocking just below at roughly eight percent apiece.
Substances use per ticket type
There remains some debate about the optimal festival experience: dance it up with the raucous crowd, or keep things refined with VIP privileges? Whichever route one takes, TickPick’s data suggests a slightly boozier vibe outside the VIP area. Generally, it suggests that a larger portion of general admission attendees consume alcohol, which may come to a surprise to those in VIP, with the complimentary alcohol some of the VIP experiences entail.
On the other side of the spectrum, the data found that VIP attendees generally were more likely to do a range of drugs than those in general admission. Between marijuana, MDMA, cocaine, and hallucinogens, VIP pass-holders were substantially more willing to indulge than the average festival-goer. A possible explanation for this trend is financial limitations. As VIP experiences can cost upwards of thousands of dollars, one can imagine these individuals can succumb to the use of any substance at their disposal.
Greatest substance prevalence per festival
Though alcohol was the leading substance at all festivals, TickPick’s data brings about some interesting findings on other substances. One might expect Coachella would have the highest rate of marijuana-smoking in the cannabis-friendly state of California, but the data aligns quite well with the bans of the substance on the grounds, despite the state’s recent legalization of weed for recreational use. EDC and Ultra each had high rates of MDMA and cocaine consumption, and ultimately, Burning Man had some of the highest rates of overall drug use around. Perhaps this significant rate of consumption can be pinned on the festival’s “gift economy,” where food, supplies, and even drugs are shared openly as a means of “payment.”
Top festivals for each substance
Ultimately, the final data lends itself to some idea of each respective festival’s consumption demographic. SXSW, for instance, led in rates of alcohol consumption. While cocaine use was the highest amongst Ultra attendees, a finding that may result from a mix of EDM culture and the festival’s deep historical roots for the drug and a recent resurgence in Miami’s cocaine trafficking.
While geographical differences may explain some findings, it is a bit difficult to understand why Alabama’s Hangout Music Festival led others in DMT use, as just one example. EDC was another consumption leader across the different categories, also ranking in the top three for a number of substances. This point ties into the festival’s battle with health and safety concerns with drug use in the past, including more than 1,000 attendees needing medical treatment in 2017. Though there are issues and ambiguity within the self-reported data like TickPick used for this study— including, but not limited to, selective memory, telescoping, attribution, and exaggeration — these results do shine a light on the landscape of American substance use, nonetheless. Here’s to hoping some of these findings diminish the blind eye to EDM’s drug abuse, increases awareness, and implements further safety precautions down the line.
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