By: Forward Musiq
Another tragedy involving EDM happened on Halloween. At a Steve Aoki show in Madrid Spain a fan set off a flare making the croud go on a frenzy to the only available exit. In his frenzy three women got trampled to death. We should all take this event as an eye opening experience to the danger of crowds and public safety during EDM events. SPIN magazine covered this story.
“A Madrid Halloween party headlined by Steve Aoki ended in tragedy last night when three young women died of injuries sustained in the middle of a crowd crush, reports Spain’s El País. Two more people remain in critical condition.
Thriller Music Park, a dance-music event featuring Aoki and Autoerotique, among other acts, was held in the Madrid Arena, and had been authorized to admit entry to 10,600 people (out of a total capacity of 12,000). The event reportedly had not sold out, and a spokesperson said that the event was not full, but some attendees complained that the space was overcrowded; on Twitter, one concertgoer estimated that there had been 20,000 people crammed into the space.
Around 4 A.M., roughly 50 medical personnel were called to the scene to respond to two victims who were unconscious and in cardiac arrest; when they arrived, they found five people in distress. El País reports that their injuries were due to “trauma by crushing, possibly having suffered a fall and being trampled.” Two of the victims were treated on site and declared dead after 30 minutes of attempted resuscitation; a third died shortly upon arrival at a local hospital. The victims were located in two distinct parts of the crowd, but investigators believe that they were all caught in a single crowd movement that swept through the venue.”
Steve Aoki had this to say:
“After my performance last night at Thriller Music Park at the Madrid Arena in Spain, I was devastated to hear that three people had died during a crowd rush at one of the exits. The safety of my fans has always been my top priority and had I known that there was any distress putting people in jeopardy within the venue I would have ended my show immediately. My show in Bilbao, Spain tonight will be cancelled out of respect for those who lost their lives and those who are injured. I would like to express my deepest condolences and heart felt prayers to the families and loved ones during this difficult time.”