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Second person dies at Electric Daisy Carnival 2014, marks seventh death since 2011

on June 24, 2014, 9:03am

A second person has died after attending Las Vegas EDM festival Electric Daisy Carnival, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Anthony Anaya, 25, was found unresponsive at the Vdara resort on Saturday night.

On Friday night, Montgomery Tsang, 24, collapsed in the festival’s parking lot. He was taken to an area hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

A coroner is awaiting blood toxicology reports for both Anaya and Tsang before ruling on the official cause of death.

In 2010, EDC drew intense criticism after a 15-year-old attendee of the festival’s Los Angeles installment died from a drug overdose. That same year, over 100 people were hospitalized. The festival was eventually forced to relocate to Las Vegas, where its called home for four years. However, as L.A. Weekly points out, today’s news now means seven attendees have died after attending Electric Daisy Carnival’s various installments since 2011.

(Read: Why MDMA is destroying EDM)

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Rachelle
August 18, 2014 at 1:26 am

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JJ
July 23, 2014 at 11:57 am

A long, long time ago and in a distant galaxy one could find a band called the Grateful Dead. They had quite a drug culture. You could follow them around the country as they toured and do tons and tons of drugs. And lots of people did just that. This topic is as old as the dinosaurs. It is indeed true that EDM does not Make you do drugs,

But…there are certain types of live music events that have more of it, hands down, and thus more deaths. I bet there’s a lot more drugs going on at a Phish show or an EDM show or EDC or Electric Whatever than there are at Tanglewood when the Boston Pops is playing.

And it is a real problem that should be taken seriously and fixed! Pass out free testing kits and a lot of deaths will be avoided. DanceSafe does this now. If you check out http://www.clickitticket.com/drug-deaths-at-concerts/ to see ALL the deaths that have occurred from drugs at concerts.

Anonymous
July 6, 2014 at 5:57 pm

It should be noted that the first person passed on in their hotel room. God knows what they could have done after leaving EDC. The second passed on in the hospital, taken directly from EDC with the paramedics.

Roseann
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Nonstop
June 26, 2014 at 4:27 am

I think i would like to see how many crimes were commited and how many people died in that state on that same weekend in years prior to edc arriving.. I’m can almost bet with most of the young people in that state attending edc, that the last 4 years have been safer and people have learned about Peace Love Unity and Respect, that’s what EDM really brings to Las Vegas…
People do extacy at party’s, cabins,hotel rooms,Disneyland, and I can go on and on so should we shit down all those places? It’s just so stupid to say it’s the musics fault:/ But then again if it brings the masses together and let’s people look outside the box Big Brother isn’t going to like that…..

Nonstop
June 26, 2014 at 4:25 am

I think i would like to see how many crimes were commited and how many people died in that state on that same weekend in years prior to edc arriving.. I’m can almost bet with most of the young people in that state attending edc, that the last 4 years have been safer and people have learned about Peace Love Unity and Respect, that’s what EDM really brings to Las Vegas…
People do extacy at party’s, cabins,hotel rooms,Disneyland, and I can go on and on so should we shit down all those places? It’s just so stupid to say it’s the musics fault:/ But then again if it brings the masses together and let’s people look outside the box Big Brother isn’t going to like that…

Anonymous
June 25, 2014 at 6:55 am

It erks me when people blame electronic music.

People.. “Electronic Music” doesnt make people do drugs. People make people do drugs. EDM or not. Drugs have been around longer than EDM has.

“Electronic music” doesnt make people overdose. People make people overdose. People overdosing on drugs has been around longer than EDM has, and people overdose on drugs in more situations than EDM related situations.

EDC doesnt kill people. People who are irresponsible at events which yield an estimated FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND attendees, kill people.

The music has nothing to do with it. Insomnia, aside from facilitating the event, has nothing to do with it.

Are you saying that your children, or friends, are too irresponsible to handle themselves at an Electronic Music Event of that magnitude? Because it sure as hell is not Insomnia who is shoveling drugs down their throats..In fact, Insomnia not only had police, and military, and a badass first aid crew running around, there was also free water and medical booths all across the grounds.

You cant compensate 100% for stupid. But Insomnia did a great job. And i should probably mention.. There were PLENTY of Military, and Police at the event.. the WHOLE time.

The problem is NOT the event, or the music or the production company:

Teach your kids to not be retarded. Beg your friends to use their fucking heads. You’re basically saying that they are incapable of acting responsibly by blaming the event. Like Insomnia gave out drugs at the door or something.

Its not the event’s problem.

and FYI.. 2 people out of an estimated 400,000 attendees.. is 0.000005%. Deaths are always tragic.. but 0.000005% doesnt mean that there is a problem with electronic music events.

use your heads.

Anonymous
June 25, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Very true I’m 16 and I have never done drugs in my life or drink and I live for this genre of music. It’s not the music making people do this shit, it’s their own damn fault. Be responsible

Anonymous
June 25, 2014 at 8:44 pm

Damn this post needs some editing. Erks is not a word. I believe the word you were looking for is irks. The company that puts on EDC is called Insomniac… Also I’m not sure if you went to EDC this year or not but the searches done by Insomniac employees were very minimal and two of the days they didn’t even search my backpack. It was incredibly easy to sneak drugs in if one so chooses to. Furthermore, there were only 140,000 unique people attending EDC this year. Because you could only purchase a three day ticket to EDC, 400,000 is not the number of unique attendees. Therefore 2 people died out of 140,000 people giving about a 0.0000142% death rate this year.

Anonymous
June 25, 2014 at 6:51 am

It erks me when people blame electronic music.

People.. “Electronic Music” doesnt make people do drugs. People make people do drugs.

“Electronic music” doesnt make people overdose. People make people overdose.

EDC doesnt kill people. People who are irresponsible at events which yield an estimated FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND attendees, kill people.

The music has nothing to do with it. Insomnia, aside from facilitating the event, has nothing to do with it.

Are you saying that your children, or friends, are too irresponsible to handle themselves at an Electronic Music Event of that magnitude? Because it sure as hell is not Insomnia who is shoveling drugs down their throats..

And i should probably mention.. There were PLENTY of Military, and Police at the event.. the WHOLE time.

Teach your kids to not be retarded. Beg your friends to use their fucking heads. You’re basically saying that they are incapable of acting responsibly.

Its not the event’s problem.

and FYI.. 2 people out of an estimated 400,000 attendees.. is 0.000005%. Deaths are always tragic.. but 0.000005% doesnt mean that there is a problem with electronic music events.

use your heads.

shortyr87
June 25, 2014 at 6:05 am

Okay, I post this as someone who goes to these concerts regularly, about 10 in the last year or so. I go to have fun and dance, friends I know might do mdma but honestly it’s their own decision. If you get in with a fake id, doesn’t mean your responsible enough to be there. If you do drugs, doesn’t mean you overdo it. You drink, and pop RESPONSIBLY. I have been to clubs where my phone has gotten stolen, yet at the concerts; people will legitimately give me my phone if I drop it. I feel a lot more safe dancing with people who are just happy to share the love of EDM With me. More accidents have been caused my people drinking and driving compared to overdose/death at a rave. Yes, it’s unfortunate but that’s why you are smart about it and do what you can handle. Drink lots of water. Many times it’s a mix of drugs and alcohol, now to me if you can afford alcohol and drugs you can afford water. People have these stigma of EDM and it’s been tarnished by pop culture and it takes away from the actual meaning of the songs and takes away from the experience. Out of 400, 000 people 2 died this year, that works out to a 0.0005% ratio. And yes it’s unfortunate but at the end of the day it’s no ones fault but their own. Out of 400, 000 people the odds are not everyone will be responsible and make their decisions. But at the end of the day it’s THEIR life and we aren’t their mothers

Mike
June 24, 2014 at 8:50 pm

I can see where there is a stigma against EDM festivals, but people are going to do MDMA regardless. Why isn’t anybody criticizing electric zoo, 2 deaths and a 16 year old girl raped. There’s about 65,000 more people at EDC Las Vegas but everyone wants to jump on the bandwagon. EDC is 18 and up therefore everybody is an adult and responsible for making decisions on their own. I’m and recovering heroin/cocaine addict and nobody forced that needle in my arm and nobody but myself overdosed. I’m clean over 6 years from everything and that’s my own doing.

Yes there needs to be education but do you remember being told “drugs are bad” and saying to yourself “yea but I won’t become an addict or I won’t die”. There are non profit organizations out there about drug education such as dancesafe.org. However if they are in a festival doing tests on drugs and handing out literature the Feds can arrest and fine the owners of the venue such as the Vegas speedway under the federal crack house law. Look it up, and Pasquale Rotella (CEO of Insomniac) did an article on the struggles of providing EDM festivals. It’s a hard argument and if you shut down EDC another promoter will do a large festival. EDC Las Vegas was and may still be the largest EDM festival in the world and it’s a 110 degrees and people are popping Molly and not drinking enough water, it’s on them. EDC isn’t handing out pills when you go in, security offers you water constantly, they check on you if your sitting down. You can’t simply nap and relax because they are checking to see if your ok. What I’m saying is, it’s going to happen.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the two that passed, we don’t get second chances and take life for granted sometimes. Their families will be in my prayers.

OG Sean
June 24, 2014 at 7:44 pm

And people die and even worse are straight up murdered at the World Cup, but nobody blames Alcohol like they’re quick to blame drugs every time with EDC…

Vegas Medic
June 24, 2014 at 6:34 pm

It’s funny that everyone is screeching about EDC…do you know how many drunk and/or high tourists we take to hospitals around town that ultimately die because they made poor choices? Way more than 2 over a three day stretch.

Anonymous
June 24, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Seems to be an abundance of EDM enthusiasts that will be quick to defend the festival and the genre, however statistics tend to make arguments seem like half ass attempts to defend what is indisputable. Deaths and severe medical situations happen at EDM geared festivals far more often than others, this is a fact. I have close friends that work as medics at multiple festivals, they have indicated that the volume of critical situations is exponentially greater at electronic festivals. So stop pretending like EDM doesn’t clearly have an issue that needs dealing with and desperately trying to produce excuses, start being vocal about the issues, strive to find and publicize solutions, and for gods sake look after your brothers and sisters out there!

jakobross424
June 24, 2014 at 6:28 pm

If you ask me, the musicians and festival promoters need to do a better job alerting festival-goers of the dangers of the drugs they’re taking, if dehydration-as-a-result-of-MDMA is what’s killing all these people. There needs to be better drug education period. Drugs are going to be taken at any given music festival regardless and it’s up to the administrators mainly to make sure that everyone is safe and that they offer ample water stations.

Ifrit
June 24, 2014 at 7:18 pm

It doesn’t help that water is more expensive than drugs at most of these events.

shortyr87
June 25, 2014 at 5:49 am

Water is actually free at refill stations at edc

OG Sean
June 24, 2014 at 7:46 pm

actually I believe in the case of LA’s famous 15 year old girl, I think it was the opposite of dehydration – but that’s what her friends were quick to tell the medics and their misdiagnosis and overhydration caused fatally low electrolytes.

gargantuanmedia
June 24, 2014 at 1:44 pm

“Electronic” music? As opposed to…steam-powered music? Also, have the organizers and attendees considered that “techno” itself might not be a genre but perhaps an excuse to competitively take designer drugs in clusters?

Vanessa Marie
June 24, 2014 at 12:43 pm

People need to stop putting all the blame on the festivals. So long as they provide free water, medical services, cool down zones ect. then they are not to blame. No one forces anyone to take anything. It’s the individuals own responsibility to know what they are doing &/or taking. Perhaps someone should write articles about how to take care of your body while attending a massive event, or while just taking drugs in general. Try educating the public, instead of giving them someone to blame other then themselves. Dance safe is a great program that allows you to test what you have. Educating yourself on what it is you are actually taking helps tremendously. STAYING HYDRATED AND ELECTROLYTES are INSANELY important. Allowing yourself to cool down when running around hundreds on acres in the heat is a life saver alone. So yeah, please stop trying to cast these event in a bad light, and try helping instead. :-)

Anonymous
June 24, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Yes!!! Thank you.

Anonymous
June 24, 2014 at 3:36 pm

I think that the EDM community should call a spade a spade, admit this is a serious problem and take action to protect one another. COS is not the enemy here regardless of the lack of editing, it’s a good thing this is being publicized instead of swept under the rug.

Drake
June 24, 2014 at 11:24 am

The festival is in no way responsible for this. They give away unlimited free water and have a great medical staff. This person should have known how much was okay to take, stayed hydrated, had responsible friend/s act as “babysitter” similar to a designated driver. This is the result of people being irresponsible. It happens at most large music festivals from time to time. I feel like you are implying the festival itself has something to do with it. People need to educate themselves before taking drugs.

Anonymous
June 24, 2014 at 3:43 pm

It does not happen at most large festivals (Bonnarroo is an exception I know, but that place is it’s own slice of stupid pie). At the least not one of the 2-3 I go to a year for the past 5 years. Never been to a festival where someone died, also, likely not coincidentally, never been to a purely electronic music festival.

chloe
June 24, 2014 at 11:21 pm

Uhh how about no one takes drugs period & then there wouldn’t be a problem lol im not opposed to people taking the drugs but at least be responsible with them.

Arlyn James Summerlee
June 24, 2014 at 9:25 am

Could you please fix your headline? Electric Dance Carnival isn’t a thing. You name it correctly in-article.

Alex Young
June 24, 2014 at 9:36 am

Fixed, sorry about that.

Veronichka
June 24, 2014 at 9:40 am

EDC stands for Electric Daisy Carnival. Not dance lol

Anonymous
June 24, 2014 at 5:07 pm

People are dead and that’s your concern?

Anonymous
June 25, 2014 at 6:32 am

Deaths are always a tragedy, whether they are at electronic music festivals or not. There is no argument there. In an environment where community and unity among everybody is a root we feed, it doesnt ever sting. How can Insomnia NOT feel somewhat responsible? People’s lives ended while attending their festival.. but lets not forget the magnitude of the event.. and i just want to be clear about something.

You put hundreds of thousands of people in the same place – People are going to die. Electronic music.. or not.

FYI, the expected attendance of EDC Las Vegas was almost 400,000 people. 2 people died. That doesnt take away from the tragedy, but get logical:

2 divided by 400,000, Thats 0.000005% of the estimated attendees.

Electronic music is not the problem. Teach your kids to not be retarded.

Thats the problem.

Anonymous
June 24, 2014 at 9:16 am

“The festival was eventually was forced to relocate” classic COS

Anonymous
June 27, 2014 at 10:54 am

Also, the picture you have posted is ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL in Miami (Note the two towers that are near the park in Downtown Miami) , not EDC in Las Vegas. I know, I’ve been there multiple times.

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