Friday, 29 August 2014

After deaths, NYC music festival tightens security

Ted Shaffrey Associated Press


Posted: 08/29/2014 11:22:55 AM MDT


Updated: 08/29/2014 02:53:01 PM MDT


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NEW YORK (AP) - Drug-sniffing dogs, peers watching for people feeling ill, a 'cooling tunnel' and shorter days are greeting fans this weekend at an electronic music festival where two people died of drug overdoses last year, organizers said Friday.


The three-day Electric Zoo began Friday on Randall's Island with beefed-up security and an emphasis on safety. Festival-goers had to watch a two-minute video about MDMA, also known as molly or ecstasy, to get a code to activate their access wristbands. Inside, the event featured free electrolytes and reusable water bottles along with the pulsating sounds and unusual sights for which it's known.


'You have everything short of a CAT scan here to make sure everybody is going to be safe,' spokesman Stefan Friedman said.


The 5-year-old festival features such electronic-world names as artists David Guetta and Paul van Dyk, drawing thousands of people to a 27-acre venue. City officials canceled its final day last year after two fans died from MDMA overdoses combined with hyperthermia; several others were hospitalized with what seemed to be drug-related problems, police said. A Buffalo, New York, man was arrested last month on federal charges of selling MDMA last year to three Electric Zoo patrons, including one who died.


Summer weather can make MDMA use especially dangerous, as the drug can make a user's body generate a lot of heat and cause the body's salt content to drop dangerously low, said Dr. Lewis Nelson, an emergency physician at NYU Langone Medical Center.


'Providing cooling stations and advice and observations for signs of hyperthermia are very important,' he said.


That's the thinking behind the new cooling tunnel, a tent where fans can cool down, and the roughly 75 'ZooKeepers' - young adults, most with medical training, who will be paid to wander the crowd, look for anyone in distress and offer electrolytes and water.


A bigger security staff, including plainclothes police officers trained in drug investigations, also will be keeping watch.


Organizers don't think the new measures will deter patrons. Ticket sales are strong, Friedman said.


Still, to festival-goer Josue Franco, 'it's an exaggerated response.'


'I think it's a little unfair for everyone because not everyone uses drugs,' he said. 'But, still, l'm excited about it.'


Others are fine with the added vigilance.


'We're all looking out for everybody,' Frankie Massa said. 'So the extra help, the extra security, the extra everything, it's good because it helps everybody be safe and not get hurt this year.'


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Associated Press writer Jennifer Peltz contributed to this report.


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After deaths, NYC music festival tightens security

Ted Shaffrey Associated Press


Posted: 08/29/2014 11:22:55 AM MDT


Updated: 08/29/2014 02:53:01 PM MDT


Click photo to enlarge



NEW YORK (AP) - Drug-sniffing dogs, peers watching for people feeling ill, a 'cooling tunnel' and shorter days are greeting fans this weekend at an electronic music festival where two people died of drug overdoses last year, organizers said Friday.


The three-day Electric Zoo began Friday on Randall's Island with beefed-up security and an emphasis on safety. Festival-goers had to watch a two-minute video about MDMA, also known as molly or ecstasy, to get a code to activate their access wristbands. Inside, the event featured free electrolytes and reusable water bottles along with the pulsating sounds and unusual sights for which it's known.


'You have everything short of a CAT scan here to make sure everybody is going to be safe,' spokesman Stefan Friedman said.


The 5-year-old festival features such electronic-world names as artists David Guetta and Paul van Dyk, drawing thousands of people to a 27-acre venue. City officials canceled its final day last year after two fans died from MDMA overdoses combined with hyperthermia; several others were hospitalized with what seemed to be drug-related problems, police said. A Buffalo, New York, man was arrested last month on federal charges of selling MDMA last year to three Electric Zoo patrons, including one who died.


Summer weather can make MDMA use especially dangerous, as the drug can make a user's body generate a lot of heat and cause the body's salt content to drop dangerously low, said Dr. Lewis Nelson, an emergency physician at NYU Langone Medical Center.


'Providing cooling stations and advice and observations for signs of hyperthermia are very important,' he said.


That's the thinking behind the new cooling tunnel, a tent where fans can cool down, and the roughly 75 'ZooKeepers' - young adults, most with medical training, who will be paid to wander the crowd, look for anyone in distress and offer electrolytes and water.


A bigger security staff, including plainclothes police officers trained in drug investigations, also will be keeping watch.


Organizers don't think the new measures will deter patrons. Ticket sales are strong, Friedman said.


Still, to festival-goer Josue Franco, 'it's an exaggerated response.'


'I think it's a little unfair for everyone because not everyone uses drugs,' he said. 'But, still, l'm excited about it.'


Others are fine with the added vigilance.


'We're all looking out for everybody,' Frankie Massa said. 'So the extra help, the extra security, the extra everything, it's good because it helps everybody be safe and not get hurt this year.'


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Associated Press writer Jennifer Peltz contributed to this report.


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After deaths, NYC music festival tightens security

Ted Shaffrey Associated Press


Posted: 08/29/2014 10:22:55 AM PDT


Updated: 08/29/2014 01:53:01 PM PDT


Click photo to enlarge



NEW YORK (AP) - Drug-sniffing dogs, peers watching for people feeling ill, a 'cooling tunnel' and shorter days are greeting fans this weekend at an electronic music festival where two people died of drug overdoses last year, organizers said Friday.


The three-day Electric Zoo began Friday on Randall's Island with beefed-up security and an emphasis on safety. Festival-goers had to watch a two-minute video about MDMA, also known as molly or ecstasy, to get a code to activate their access wristbands. Inside, the event featured free electrolytes and reusable water bottles along with the pulsating sounds and unusual sights for which it's known.


'You have everything short of a CAT scan here to make sure everybody is going to be safe,' spokesman Stefan Friedman said.


The 5-year-old festival features such electronic-world names as artists David Guetta and Paul van Dyk, drawing thousands of people to a 27-acre venue. City officials canceled its final day last year after two fans died from MDMA overdoses combined with hyperthermia; several others were hospitalized with what seemed to be drug-related problems, police said. A Buffalo, New York, man was arrested last month on federal charges of selling MDMA last year to three Electric Zoo patrons, including one who died.


Summer weather can make MDMA use especially dangerous, as the drug can make a user's body generate a lot of heat and cause the body's salt content to drop dangerously low, said Dr. Lewis Nelson, an emergency physician at NYU Langone Medical Center.


'Providing cooling stations and advice and observations for signs of hyperthermia are very important,' he said.


That's the thinking behind the new cooling tunnel, a tent where fans can cool down, and the roughly 75 'ZooKeepers' - young adults, most with medical training, who will be paid to wander the crowd, look for anyone in distress and offer electrolytes and water.


A bigger security staff, including plainclothes police officers trained in drug investigations, also will be keeping watch.


Organizers don't think the new measures will deter patrons. Ticket sales are strong, Friedman said.


Still, to festival-goer Josue Franco, 'it's an exaggerated response.'


'I think it's a little unfair for everyone because not everyone uses drugs,' he said. 'But, still, l'm excited about it.'


Others are fine with the added vigilance.


'We're all looking out for everybody,' Frankie Massa said. 'So the extra help, the extra security, the extra everything, it's good because it helps everybody be safe and not get hurt this year.'


---


Associated Press writer Jennifer Peltz contributed to this report.


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Workers Ready Downtown LA For Made In America Music Festival


LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) - Final preparations are underway for this weekend's Made in America outdoor music festival, which is expected to draw thousands to downtown LA's Grand Park.


Performers expected to rock Grand Park over two days include Imagine Dragons, Kanye West, John Mayer, Weezer, Iggy Azalea, Kendrick Lamar and dozens of other well-known music acts.


The event, spearheaded by rapper Jay-Z, is a first for downtown LA, where there have been some concerns about alcohol consumption, security and traffic.



One bystander says the alcohol consumption shouldn't be a problem.


'I think its pretty awesome, I think it lightens the mood,' bystander Stephanie said.



Several downtown streets have been blocked off, including 1 st, Olive, Hill, Broadway and Main streets, and will remain closed through Tuesday. But downtown workers like Joe don't seem to be worried about it.


'I think its pretty exciting for the neighborhood,' he said. 'It's brought a lot of jobs to the local community, I think it's going to be a fun event.'


Hundreds of law enforcement officers will also be on hand during the festival.


Made In America is expected to generate up to $12 million in revenue for the city of Los Angeles.


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America's Most Buzzed

A new study says that one festival is more discussed than Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo or Governor's Ball

A study sponsored by Eventbrite and Mashwork has determined that South by Southwest - held each March in Austin, TX - is America's most buzzed-about music festival, beating out perennial favorites like Coachella in Indio, Calif., Lollapalooza in Chicago and Governors Ball in New York City. Ranking just behind SXSW in the top five were Las Vegas' iHeartRadio, Chattahoochee Hills, GA's TomorrowWorld, Lollapalooza and Coachella.


Despite South by Southwest's strong showing, Texas didn't rank amongst the top three states in terms of most chatter - that distinction went to New York, Nevada and California. The study also confirmed what may have already been obvious: music festivals are heavily youth-dominated, with 75% of the conversation generated by those between the ages of 17 and 34.



A few other interesting tidbits from the report:


54% of the conversation takes place before the event itself, easily besting the 17% that occurs during the festival and the 29% after it. For Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tenn. and Hangout in Gulf Shores, Ala., it was all about the music - at both festivals, excitement about the full lineup or particular artist accounted for 65% and 63%, respectively, compared with a 47% average for the top 25 festivals overall. People at Coachella spent way more time talking about style than at the average event - fashion discussion made up for 27% of the conversation there, compared with just 10% nationwide. Though the ages of music festival fans closely mirrored the average age of Twitter users, a much wider spread is apparent from music fans' taste in brands, where Starbucks, McDonalds and, of all places, Walmart proved favorites. Whole Foods, Best Buy and IHOP also scored highly.

Check out the full report here.


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