Electric Forest Faces Temporary Shut Down Due to Severe Weather

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Earlier this evening, Electric Forest faced some dangerously severe weather forcing the festival to shut down. Attendees were forced to leave the forest to seek shelter from the storm. Severe weather is in the area. If you are with us in The Forest, please exit the venue and return to your vehicles to seek safe

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Lights All Night to run for ninth year

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Get ready to party the end of the year away with Lights All Night. Lights All Night, a growing music festival located in Dallas, Texas just announced the ninth running of the festival on December 28 and 29, 2018. Last year, the festival brought 30,000 people to Dallas and has been held at the Dallas Market

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Fyre Festival’s Founder Arrested Again On Fraud Charges

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Things aren’t looking good for Fyre Festival’s promoter Billy McFarland. Last year the entrepreneur was placed under arrest after he charged exorbitant ticket prices for what turned out to be a fake luxury music festival in the Bahamas. This past Tuesday, McFarland was arrested again and charged with earning $100,000 by selling fake tickets to

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Afrojack Rivals Marshmello And “Debuts” New DJ Helmet

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In a shocking turn of events, Afrojack excitedly ran into the crowd at Chicago’s Spring Awakening to accept his new fate as a masked producer. The Dutch DJ and producer saw the moment, and seized the opportunity head on. Literally. Forget marshmallow heads, the future lies within all things mouse, albeit Pikachu this time. Sporting

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Look At This Year’s Stages With These EDC Las Vegas 2018 Photos

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Las Vegas, Nevada – As thousands of people have made their way to Las Vegas, Nevada for this year’s Electric Daisy Carnival 2018, people at home are wondering what this year’s festival looks like. Throughout the years of music festivals, stages have grown in size, complexity, and design. For this year’s EDC Las Vegas, Pasquale

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The Biggest Festival In New Zealand Just Got Bigger

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Bay Dreams are taking things to the next level by launching a Bay Dreams: South Island Edition. Last year Bay Dreams (New Zealand’s largest festival) had a record-breaking 25,000 people turn up to Mt Maunganui and now Nelson can get amongst it too. Festival co-director, Pato Alvarez said: “We searched all over the South Island

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Glitter Butts Are The Newest Festival Fashion Trend

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Over the past few years, we’ve seen quite a few different festival fashion trends. Whether it was glow in the dark hair, unicorn hair, or glitter boobs, glitter butts may take the cake as one of the weirdest new festival obsessions. Sophia Levy is the co-founder of Go Get Glitter, a makeup company that first

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Rapper Gives Fans Who Were Fired For Listening To His Music $20,000 Each At Rolling Loud Festival

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Rolling Loud Miami is easily the premier hip-hop event in the country. Attracting artists of all backgrounds and sizes the festival has curated some of the most impressive lineups in rap we have ever seen. This year Rolling Loud hosted acts such as J. Cole who is fresh off the release of a new album

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Creamfields Music Festival Canceled Due to Uncontrollable Weather

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One of the many problems that can occur when hosting a huge music festival is the unexpected weather. When this occurs, most of the time, festivals are forced to cancel due to the risk of losing important equipment and possible danger towards their attendees. Unfortunately, music festival, Creamfields Bejing, was one of the few festivals

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Report: The most commonly used drugs at music festivals

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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.

Via: TickPick 
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