EDM festivals and drug usage.
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As Electronic Dance Music grows in popularity, there are many who enjoy the music, culture, and the vibes given off by massive EDM festivals. However, there are always those who take the vibe too far, and potentially cause problems for many others who enjoy the festivals. This topic is focused on the issue of EDM festivals in conjunction with drug usage. As for the Pro's and Con's, I will not be focusing on the Pro's and Con's of the drug usage itself, but rather of the outlook of the media and the masses on the topic. Pro's: Increases awareness of the issues underlying the festivals. Increases motivation for festival sponsors to act. Increases awareness of unsafe drug usage. Can be used as a scare tactic for children. Con's: People die. Government and media blows the situation out of proportion. Festivals are banned. Festivals can be sued and shut down early. People can cause serious bodily harm to themselves and others. EDM labeled as "drug music". People pass judgement on those who enjoy EDM as "drug users".
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New Drink Mollywatr Aims to Keep EDM Drug Users Hydrated - Fuse

New Drink Mollywatr Aims to Keep EDM Drug Users Hydrated - Fuse | EDM festivals and drug usage. | Scoop.it
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New Drink Mollywatr Aims to Keep EDM Drug Users Hydrated
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According to one Canadian tourist I met at Miami's Ultra Fest this year, Molly is a "purer form" of Ecstasy (also known as MDMA).
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This scoop is interesting, as it shows that some people are even starting to monetize off of the drug usage seen in the EDM culture.

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Should EDM Shows Be Cancelled Because Of Drug Use? Magnetic Vs. The Pitt News Continues . . .

Should EDM Shows Be Cancelled Because Of Drug Use?  Magnetic Vs. The Pitt News Continues . . . | EDM festivals and drug usage. | Scoop.it
The Pitt News, a student paper for the University of Pittsburg, recently published a column by Brett Dresner that suggested attendance of EDM shows should b (They probably take the drugs to deal with the music, fair play...
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This scoop is very interesting, as it address's a student newspaper in which an article had talked about discouraging EDM, and even to the extremes of eliminating EDM as a culture entirely. It is a perfect example as to the stereotypes those who enjoy EDM face, and what they are up against in the future as the drug usage increases at such festivals.

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Organizers of EDM fest TomorrowWorld take precautions after Electric Zoo drug ... - The Republic

Organizers of EDM fest TomorrowWorld take precautions after Electric Zoo drug ... - The Republic | EDM festivals and drug usage. | Scoop.it
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Organizers of EDM fest TomorrowWorld take precautions after Electric Zoo drug ...
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TomorrowWorld is one of the largest Europen festivals, brought for the first time to the United States. This Scoop highlights commentary on how TomorrowWorld will attempt to keep the drugs away from the scene, especially in light of the recent cancellation of the last day at the Electric Zoo due to overdoses.

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It's Not EDM's Fault: An Honest Look at Dance Music's Relationship With Drugs - Complex.com

It's Not EDM's Fault: An Honest Look at Dance Music's Relationship With Drugs - Complex.com | EDM festivals and drug usage. | Scoop.it
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It's Not EDM's Fault: An Honest Look at Dance Music's Relationship With Drugs
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... the stereotype that EDM is fueled by drug culture, that's not all EDM is about. Written by Khal (@khal).

Via James E. McNair
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This scoop address's the bias that EDM and drugs are intertwined. It is interesting to look at as the author specifically speaks about how, and why, people associate drugs with EDM, as well as how it is wrong to assume that everyone who enjoys EDM is a drug user.

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James E. McNair's curator insight, September 13, 2013 9:48 PM

I like this point of view, it reminds me that not all groups are out to take down the EDM scene.

Chris Lara's curator insight, October 12, 2014 2:45 PM

This scoop shows the bias on how EDM somehow influences drug usage and is sort of a culture. This article completely disproves this myth and is 100% up to the customers that intake these drugs.

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How to Make EDM Festivals Safer for Young Fans – Flavorwire

How to Make EDM Festivals Safer for Young Fans – Flavorwire | EDM festivals and drug usage. | Scoop.it
Drugs are a touchy subject. But last weekend's MDMA-related deaths at Electric Zoo, and the festival's subsequent cancellation, have forced the issue back into the national conversation. And it's about time: the fact that ...

Via Manuel Rivera
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This scoop adds a lot of information unlike the other scoops, in that instead of focusing directly on the drugs, it focuses on how to educate and contribute to the keeping of people safe at these festivals. The scoop goes into detail on why the government's anti-drug policies are actually causing an increase of over doses, as well as how people can contribute to educating, and safely causing harm reduction to people at these festivals.

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Phillip J Noel's curator insight, November 6, 2013 12:40 AM

Its an on going debate of what to do about these younglings. The only thing they can do so far is just put security and drugged sniffing dogs around the area, but atleast they're starting somewhere. History is repeating itself.

Chris Lara's curator insight, October 12, 2014 2:50 PM

I love this scoop because it doesn't just show the bad sides of EDM festivals and just leave it at that in order to give it a bad image. The article actually shows some solutions and ways to help people from using drugs and enjoy the sound of music sober the way it was intended to be. It is also supported by many famous DJ performers such as Kaskade.

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Drugs, Death and Dance Music - RollingStone.com

Drugs, Death and Dance Music - RollingStone.com | EDM festivals and drug usage. | Scoop.it
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But as long as young fans are gathering in huge numbers, with many of them taking drugs, there are risks.
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This article by the Rolling Stone Magazine website, is focused on how drug usage is affecting the EDM culture by shining negative light on it. It also goes into detail about why the Illicit Drug Anti-Proliferation Act of 2003 is keeping festivals from being able to do harm reduction, as the festival sponsors are not allowed to show that they know there are drugs being used at the event, or will face a fine up to $250,000.

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Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella on Live Nation Deal, Festival Deaths, SFX and ... - Billboard

Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella on Live Nation Deal, Festival Deaths, SFX and ... - Billboard | EDM festivals and drug usage. | Scoop.it
Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella on Live Nation Deal, Festival Deaths, SFX and ...
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Billboard recently visited Rotella at Insomniac's Los Angeles office to discuss the company's new partnership with Live Nation, his thoughts on Robert F.X.
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Insomniac is a major sponsor behind many EDM festivals, and as such receives controversial opinions such as being a supporter of "drug usage".

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Dancing With Molly: The EDM Community Has an Honest Conversation About ... - Billboard

Dancing With Molly: The EDM Community Has an Honest Conversation About ... - Billboard | EDM festivals and drug usage. | Scoop.it
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Dancing With Molly: The EDM Community Has an Honest Conversation About Drugs. Articles; Columns; Code.
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The Electric Zoo festival, which ran from August 30th to September 1st, had to it's final day after three people died from overdosing on drugs. This scoop has people from those who are in charge of the festivals, to those who DJ them, speaking about the controversial issues surrounding drugs and the EDM culture, from many different angles.

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Man Dies, Others Hospitalized from Possible Drug Overdoses At Sydney's ... - Billboard

Man Dies, Others Hospitalized from Possible Drug Overdoses At Sydney's ... - Billboard | EDM festivals and drug usage. | Scoop.it
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Man Dies, Others Hospitalized from Possible Drug Overdoses At Sydney's ...
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This scoop is short and to the point, telling how a 23 year old man had died at the Defqon 1 concert in Sydney, and how 80 other people were arrested with hard drugs. This event happened right after the events at the Electric Zoo festival, in which four people died. This article reinforces the fact that overdoses in conjunction with EDM's popularity increase is parallel in comparison.

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