The news of deaths following this year’s HARD Summer Music Festival, held at The Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA, has dominated headlines in the electronic music community. People are quick to blame the music festival for these deaths. Petitions calling for a ban of raves have popped up and local lawmakers are finding ways to prevent venues from hosting such events. The fact of the matter is, no matter how much time, effort, and preparation goes into organizing a music festival, guests are also responsible for their health and safety. Hear me out:
Prior to the event. HARD Summer sent multiple emails warning guests of the High Temperatures that were going to accompany them. Tips on hydration, schematics of cooling station, and festival maps indicated where Cooling and Water stations were located were provided to each and every person. Despite these precautions, some festival goers forget familiarize themselves with the grounds and neglect eating and drinking. It is very important that guests know their body and are aware of what is going in and how that affects body functions.
ALWAYS BE AWARE OF WHAT YOU ARE INGESTING. Food, alcohol, drugs, ETC. Basic knowledge such as salty foods help retain water, carbs provide the body with energy, and how alcohol dehydrates the body are a must. Not condoning the use of drugs, however if you decide to do so, I recommend testing what you have. DanceSafe.org, a non-profit organization that promotes health and safety in the electronic dance community, provides people with information on different substances and sells drug testing kits. Kits start at $20 and are available on their website.
So the next time you find yourself going to a music festival please take care of yourself; if you see someone in trouble, please help them. It is our job as humans to look after ourselves and each other.
Drug Testing Kits: https://dancesafe.org/shop/
Hard Summer Safety Information: http://hardfest.com/hardsummer/safety