Electronic music culture involves lots of drugs, not only by the core EDM community but also recreational users who use MDMA and other ‘enhancers’ to better enjoy the music. The question is whether an ongoing string of drug-related disasters will serve to derail the booming EDM festival market.
Despite heightened awareness and security measures at most festivals, incidents now seem inevitable. This time, a 23-year-old man died from cardiac arrest due to drug overdose this past weekend at Defqon 1 in Sydney. It is reported that at least 14 more were hospitalized due to drug-related health issues.
The incident closely follows the recent deaths of two concert-attendees at the Electric Zoo Festival in New York, which forced the complete cancellation of the final day.