Posted on Jun 20th 2011 5:03PM by Cameron Matthews
The Electric Daisy Carnival, a popular dance music festival in Dallas, Texas that featured appearances by Diplo, Paul Van Dyk and Skrillex, was the scene of one death and dozens of injuries, the Dallas Observer reports.
“It was crazy. There were too many kids on stage,” Diplo told the paper about the event, which is estimated to have drawn well over 11,000 people.
An investigation has been opened into the Saturday, June 18 death of 19-year-old Andrew Graf, though authorities have not yet revealed the cause. Others who were hospitalized at the rave were treated for dehydration and alcohol poisoning. Billboard reports that one of those treated remains in critical condition.
Due to the excessive heat — and, possibly, drug usage — at this year’s Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee, two people perished earlier this month and the tragic trend continued at the Electric Daisy Carnival, which has had fatalities in the past. In 2010, one of the festival’s many events was held in Los Angeles, Calif., where a 15-year-old girl died of an ecstasy overdose.
“Our condolences and deepest sympathy go out to the family and friends of the man who passed away tonight,” Pasquale Rotella, the CEO and founder of the festival’s organizers, Insomniac, said in a stament. “To go from a moment of happiness and enjoyment, to the loss of life, is very heartbreaking. We would like to ask everyone to keep the concertgoer and his family in their thoughts and prayers. Along with the independent local promoters in Dallas, we will work with the authorities to understand how this tragedy occurred.”