Someone Died at Future Music Festival Asia. So They CANCELED It.

Coordinators at Future Music Festival Asia confirmed the death of one person, with four others potentially dead (or dying) as a result of overdoses.  This happened on the second day of the festival; the third day was immediately canceled and refunds are now being issued.

Here’s the official statement from festival coordinators.

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11 Responses

  1. Grow Up You Big Babies

    SXSW jab eh Paul?

    I’m a long time veteran of SXSW – although I did not attend this year. Most would agree that SXSW has many problems but I doubt those in attendance think it should have been cancelled.

    Deepest sympathies to the families of those impacted by the tragic events at SXSW.

    • Paul Resnikoff

      SXSW isn’t even mentioned in this article.

      Defensive are we?

      • Willis

        Cmon, you know exaclty what you are doing with this article, and “canceled” in all caps. You have an agenda whether you admit to it or not.

        • Paul Resnikoff

          Wait a second. Are you suggesting that SXSW should have canceled the remaining days of their event just because 25 people got brutally mauled in an avoidable accident?

          • Willis

            No, you are. SXSW did what it should have done – continue on. It sucks that the accident and this death happened, but they did. Taking a moment is respectful, but life goes on for the living.

          • Paul Resnikoff

            I’m sorry, what ‘moment’ are you talking about? I was talking to police at 4 am that night. By 8 am SXSW volunteers were getting ready for the day.

  2. Marc alan

    When did Digital Music News stop being about digital music news? Key word of the day: CANCEL

  3. Danwriter

    The underlying issue is insurance — its cost, its comprehensiveness and it’s availability. The first is through the roof; the second is narrower then ever; the third is scarcer then ever, at least at afforable premiums. High-profile injuries and deaths have made festivals hot potatoes when it comes to insurance. A brand like Sillerman’s or Live Nation’s may ameliorate that issue to some extent, if for no other reason than sheer volume. But the bottom line is you cant have a festival without very comprehensive coverage and that’s getting harder to afford and to find.

  4. Anonymous

    Drug use and possession is a capital offense in Malaysia. I’m sure the fact that people OD’d had something to do with the response.

  5. Alan C

    People died!!!! This article is extremely disrespectful. The cancellation was the right thing to do to prevent more deaths. Meth was parading as MDMA and so people died as they thought they knew what they were taking. Have some respect and compassion for the poor people that died and don’t throw your toys from your pram just because your stupid shitty dance event got cancelled. Oh no, you paid good money??! Well at least you didn’t die.