On Saturday night, Skrillex performed at Chicago’s Navy Pier. As NBC Chicago reports, more than 10,000 people attended, and out of that group more than a dozen ended up in nearby hospitals. Though the proportion of concertgoers who were hospitalized works out to less than two-tenths of one percent, the health incident is only the latest for the burgeoning electronic dance music industry.
An unnamed source with Chicago’s Emergency Medical Services division told NBC Chicago the hospitalizations were mainly due to drug overdoses. A Navy Pier rep reportedly confirmed that 16 people went to the hospital but declined to comment on the role of drug overdoses.
Dance music shows in recent years have had their share of tragedies. Two attendees died at last year’s Electric Zoo music festival, leading organizers to cancel the event’s third and final day. Two people also died after a Mad Decent Block Party tour stop in Maryland this summer.
Skrillex hadn’t commented on the reports via social media as of this post. He acknowledged some of the problems an interview earlier this year with the Toronto Sun but maintained they were lessening.
“The tragedies that get reported are within a minority of shows, and although those are tragic and shouldn’t be overlooked, you can’t blame an idea for how a culture has taken it and run with it,” he said. “In Miami, they tried to ban Ultra [Music Festival]. I’ve been going to Ultra for six years, and over the past few years, the crowds have changed. Three years ago it was like zombies, but nowadays it’s a cleaner crowd. People are just there for dancing.”