An unfortunate turn of events at one of New York’s most beloved music festivals, Electric Zoo, caused it to be cut one day short this weekend, after two attendees died and at least four more were left “seriously ill.”
The New York Times has the full story:
Citing “serious health risks,” the city recommended canceling the event, hours before the third day of the festival, known as the Electric Zoo, was to begin, and the festival’s organizers agreed, the mayor’s office said. The announcement said that both deaths had appeared to involve the drug MDMA, also known as ecstasy or molly, though the causes of death had not been officially determined.
“The Electric Zoo organizers have worked with city officials to reduce health risks at this event, but in view of these occurrences, the safest course is to cancel the remaining day of the event,” the mayor’s office said in a statement.
The NYT reports that the two concertgoers who died were identified as Jeffrey Russ, 23, of Rochester, N.Y., and Olivia Rotondo, 20, of Providence, R.I.
To put some perspective on this tragedy, just imagine being one of the parents of those kids…
You hear your child tell you about this community, which he or she is a part of, and regardless of the fervor with which the public insists on it being a drug-driven community, he or she promises that it’s far more than that–a community where people care about, look out for, and love one another, because of what we all share.
Then, devastated by the news of a lost child, you go online this morning to see what people from the community at the event have to say, thinking that maybe you’ll find something positive to take from this. You get to Electric Zoo’s Facebook page, and are greeted with comments like these:
“Oh, people lost lives? By doing stupid things! Sorry but lack of common sense is not something for me to feel sorry for”
“I want my money back. I’m not liable for your security that doesn’t pat people down, and I’m not responsible for people who can’t take care of themselves. We all deserve a refund!”
“Better have a refund I paid for 3 days not 2″
We definitely feel the PLUR there. Thanks for caring about someone else. You are the very idea of PLUR incarnate.
Best wishes and positive vibes to those close to the departed. Taking care of yourself is the first step in eliminating tragedies like this. Please know your limits, and act responsibly. We dedicate Kaskade and deadmau5′ I Remember to their memory. RIP.
Feeling the past moving in
Letting a new day begin
Hold to the time that you know
You don’t have to move on to let go
Add to the memory you keep
Remember when you fall asleep
Hold to the love that you know
You don’t have to give up to let go
Remember turning on the night
And moving through the morning light
Remember how it was with you
Remember how you pulled me through