I wrote this post last night as I watched the hysteria surrounding Electric Daisy Carnival hit the mainstream news media. With one death and over 100 hospitalized, obviously some changes need to be made if events I like are going to continue on a large scale. But I believe these events can (and should) continue--with just a little more planning on behalf of the promoters and the safety officials who approve the event's infrastructure.
After a boisterous weekend as America's largest dance music event, a dark cloud has befallen Electric Daisy Carnival following widespread reports of hospitalized attendees, perilous incidents of fence jumping, and the drug-related death of a 15-year-old girl. While local hospital staffers call for the end of "raves" in public venues and the CBS Evening News picks up the story, here are five ways we thing EDC can improve for the safety and enjoyment of everyone.
1. Assigned Seating
Not necessarily exact seating assignments, but main floor wristbands sold first-come-first-served or handed out to early arrivals would control how many folks can safely be on the main field without the one-in/one-out system that encouraged fans to jump the fence when asked to wait, while keeping those on the floor trapped for fear of never getting back down if they left.
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