Published Jun 29, 2010A decade ago, sensationalistic reports about the dangers of rave culture were widespread, with commentators usually focusing on the scene's penchant for drugs and illegal venues. Now, rave critics have a new cause for concern, as Billboard reports that over 100 people were hospitalized during the two-day Electric Daisy Carnival in L.A.
The festival took place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Exposition Park, featuring five stages with performances from artists such as Will.I.Am, Moby, Armin Van Buuren and Deadmau5. About 185,000 fans came out to the event.
The L.A. fire department says that some of the injuries were due to gatecrashers, who stormed the barriers and tried to get past security. The event had on-site paramedics, and the total number of injuries tallied over 200 (not all injuries required a transfer to the hospital).
According to ABC [via Pitchfork], about half of the injuries were alcohol- and drug-related. What's more, 63 people were arrested for a variety of offences.