More Thoughts on Saturday Night's Electric Daisy Carnival at Fair Park in Dallas...

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Kevin Todora
Most people at EDC Dallas seemed to be having a good time. For more images from the event, check out the slideshow of attendees.
Still waiting on a lot of news this early afternoon in regards to Saturday night's Electric Daisy Carnival at Fair Park. All morning long city officials -- including Fire-Rescue folk, Medical Emergency Services folk, etc. -- have been tied up in meetings about the event, which saw dozens hospitalized and even resulted in at least one death. Representatives from the event's promoters, Insomniac Events, have been present at these meetings as well.

They're not the only ones meeting today, either. In Las Vegas this morning, police officials have been in meetings, discussing the Dallas event to further prepare their own city for this upcoming weekend's two-day Electric Daisy Carnival event there.

But until these meetings let out -- we're told that information on what was discussed should be released in the next hour or so -- we're somewhat in the dark on what will happen next, as far as the city goes.

Still, there are a few more notes and thoughts on the matter that are worth sharing, I think.

  • Initial reports from Dallas Fire-Rescue reported that the deceased was a 15-year-old; this information was inaccurate. The attendee who died was 19-year-old Andrew Graf of Argyle. He was given CPR on site, then transferred to the nearby Baylor Hospital emergency room, where he was pronounced dead.

  • So far, we've been careful about saying that there's been "at least" one death. Yesterday, we received word that other hospitalized attendees were in still in critical condition. There's still no word on how their recovery is going; we're currently tracking some leads on that front.

  • Most media outlets have been quick to call Electric Daisy Carnival a "rave," us included. This isn't entirely accurate. A far more accurate description would be to simply deem the event an "electronic music festival," as event literature does. Sure, it had all the signs of a rave -- electronic music, scantily clad attendees, most likely some drug use -- but to call it a rave is to also attach a number of other factors to the event, like a lack of organization or security. As Jim already stated in his reaction to the event, a lack of organization or security didn't seem to be an issue at this event.

  • To reiterate: There were indeed three lines of security one had to go through in order to enter the grounds -- one for IDs, one for tickets and one for body searches. Would it have been possible to sneak illicit substances onto the grounds? Sure. Was the security doing what it could to prevent as much? Appeared that way.

  • As we reported yesterday morning, there's no way to yet determine if drug use was the cause of the death and hospitalizations. The cause of death has yet to be released and on-site medical staff said they had no on-hand materials to help them determine if those they were treating were suffering from drug complications as opposed to alcohol or heat/dehydration concerns.

  • Yes, temperatures hits triple digits on Saturday. In their preparations for the event, Insomniac brought in extra air conditioning units for the inside stages. And, personally, I found the air conditioning at the indoor stages to be surprisingly sufficient.

  • Last year's inaugural Dallas event drew 11,000 attendees. This year's event sold out in advance, with most estimates placing the numbers somewhere around 23,000 (give or take a couple hundred in either direction). We're still waiting on official numbers from the city and from Insomniac Events at this point. Even so, with some two dozen hospitalizations reported, plus other health concerns handled by the on-site post commands set up toward the end of the evening, that leaves somewhere around 22,900 or so folks that attended this event without incident.

  • Yes, water was being sold by vendors on the site. But there were also free water filling stations located throughout the grounds for those looking to fill or refill their containers.

  • At least six emergency medical vehicles were set up on the fairgrounds by midnight. According to Lt. Samuel L. Friar of Dallas Fire-Rescue, these vehicles were added due to the "overwhelming" nature of the event, which drew larger numbers than the city had been expecting. As the event drew to a close, both he and Emergency Medical Services director Dr. Paul E. Pepe seemed less concerned with the health issues at the event, and more concerned with the amount of resources being used because of inappropriate preparations for the event.

  • At this point, it appears as if the quick end to the night, which came at around 1:30 a.m. after a fire alarm had been pulled in one of the buildings, was unrelated to the hospitalizations and the result of a fire marshal mandate. (See below video).


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Just Sayin'
Just Sayin'

It's funny to me that city officials are contemplating banning this event in the future especially since it only happens 1 time a year. However, they do nothing to the Dallas bars such as The Grapevine, The Windmill & Muddy Waters, all of which you can purchase cocaine with very little trouble. These bars are open all year long yet nobody does anything to stop tthe illicit drug activity that takes place in all of them. 

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lkjjaljdsfjlajfj

Dang retarted ass Texas people can't hang ! I say BAN EDC from Texas and Florida ! ! !

haterblocker
haterblocker

Haha, if you're gonna call us RETARDED, learn how to spell you dumbass bumpkin fuck.  We can hang with the best of them.  I've spent my time in LA, Vegas, NYC, Miami and Nashville.  Dallas and Austin can hang with the best of them.  So go ahead.  Suck my balls.

Ange Sanchez
Ange Sanchez

Things go wrong *EVERYWHERE* whether it's at a carnival, the State Fair, The celebration of winning the NBA Championship, or what about TX/OU weekend??? I can't stand the fact people criticize "raves" and their attendees. I've been to plenty of events of this nature (yes, both under the influence of drugs AND SOBER!) To me it's about the music, and "letting go" for a night. Yes a lot of people make poor decisions--THAT'S LIFE! EDC should NOT be held responsible for their attendees decisions whether to use or not to use. Those of you who have no idea as to what goes on at these events, AND want to comment in a negative demeanor...EDUCATE YOURSELF! I personally CANNOT WAIT until EDC comes back next year! Thank you Insomniac Events for doing what you do!

Fatty Arbuckle's Tub Stopper
Fatty Arbuckle's Tub Stopper

Why are fire alarms left unattended at events like this?  This could have ended disastrously if panic had ensued.  It only takes one chucklehead to ruin everything.  Memorandum to the morons in the video: The Fire Marshall isn't the Police and both of them are there to save your dumb asses from yourselves should the need arise.

"G Money!"
"G Money!"

I had a blast out at EDC, shame one sad incident could stop the whole show!! Guys n Girls use responsibility, and us old schools, we have to watch the youngstas and show them how to do this the right way!! One Love n Respect!

Jesus follower
Jesus follower

OUR NATION IS DECEIVED BY DEATH, AND IT IS SICKENING. STOP THIS EVENT! THIS IS KILLING OUR NATION NO MATTER WHAT SECURITY LEVEL. SOME THINGS ARE WORTH FIGHTING FOR! BE SMART.

That boy G!!
That boy G!!

He Jesus follower quit being an idiot!!! Stop posting on blogs about EDM festivals if you don't like them!! Thanks from all of SOUTHSIDE TECH ENT!!! by the way I don't think god cares if I party!! I'm a roman catholic and I'm pretty sure God cares I believe in him and live a life he wants me to live!

Danielsu21
Danielsu21

I'm actually surprised their wasnt more hospitalized with as hot as it was. I think its naive to think that no matter what security does that people are still going to do drugs at these events. I was there at 5 and people were already doing them meaning they obviously took them before they even got in. I dont think the promoter and security is all to blame, they do what they can and its peoples responsibities to be responsible. Not the best analogy but lets say a kid takes ectacy to a basketball game and overdoses do you sit there and ask about security and all. Things like this happen all the time but its more of a big deal because its associated with a "rave" which is frowned upon in majority communities. My sympathy does goes out to the graff and his family.

Matt
Matt

the comments on the dmn site are just hilarious

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

If I could read them...as they just pay-walled the story...what a bunch of dumbasses...

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

"As the event drew to a close, both he and Emergency Medical Services director Dr. Paul E. Pepe seemed less concerned with the health issues at the event, and more concerned with the amount of resources being used because of inappropriate preparations for the event."

This says it all right here...thats all I needed to see.....thanks for posting Pete

Caleb
Caleb

Everyone trying to cover their asses now. Security wasn't what they claim, I didn't pull my pockets inside out and I don't where you were in the building but it was hot as Hell in there from start to finish, excluding one room. And yeah its about choices, you can't claim the concert promoters or insomniac for this happening because even if it had been more thorough, the drugs would have still have made it in someway or another. People make bad choices, as for this young man who knows for sure until the reports come back. Rip

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