In what is sadly becoming a regular occurrence — so regular, in fact, that we’ve come to expect it — the deaths of two concertgoers have now been linked to last weekend’s Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas. While the city’s coroner office is still examining what caused the unrelated deaths of two 25-year-olds (Anthony Anaya and Montgomery Tsang) EDC’s promoter, Insomniac, has already released a statement on the matter. It reads as follows:
Today we learned some very tragic news, that after attending the festival a guest of the show has passed away. We are deeply saddened by this news, and hope that everyone will join us in keeping his family and friends in their thoughts during this very difficult time. Dance music fans pride themselves in being part of a loving community and, as we get ready to start the second night of the show, we ask everyone to help us keep this event safe. Look after your group of friends, utilize the buddy system, and if you see something, say something. No one should ever hesitate to ask any of our medical staff, public safety personnel or Insomniac staff for help, or call 911 in case of an emergency. One death is one too many, and we all must do our part to keep each other safe, healthy and happy, tonight and every night.
To be clear,Tsang died on Saturday morning after being rushed to a local hospital from the music festival parking lot, and Anaya was reported as unresponsive and unconscious onsite at 9:52 p.m. Saturday night. Regardless of how the EDC investigations pan out, however, it’s important to note (as the LA Weekly already has) that there have been seven deaths attributed to EDC attendees in the past four years, including one other incident in Las Vegas and previous events in Los Angeles and Dallas. So we’re a little past “one too many” at this point. The question remains then: What is the solution? As The Daily Swarms puts it, there aren’t any yet.