The Electric Daisy Carnival, brought to you by LA-based Insomniac Events, rolled into Dallas’ Fair Park June 19 with promises of a great time to be had by all, but the festival ended in tragedy for 19-year old Andrew Graf of Argyle.
Graf was attending the festival in Dallas when he suddenly collapsed. Dallas Fire-Rescue officials say his death may have been drug-related. Another 30 people were taken to five area hospitals during the 10-hour event. They were treated for heat, drugs, and alcohol-related emergencies.
One individual is still listed in critical condition at Dallas Methodist Hospital. That person’s identity, gender, and age have not been released.
Chaos and a Possible Ban by the Dallas City Council:
Lt. Samuel Friar, spokesman for Dallas Fire-Rescue, told WFAA-TV, “It was just such chaos. There’s just a big opportunity for more than one person to die next time.”
If there is a next time.
The Dallas City Council considered shutting down the event following Graf’s death but balked when they determined it would cause “civil unrest.” Instead, they are mulling over the possibility of banning the event from Dallas all together.
Dallas City Council member Delia Jasso said they, “got to look at everything, and that includes whether they come back.”
This isn’t the first time there has been a death at one Electric Daisy Carnival events:
The festival, which has been described as a sort of “rave,” was postponed this year in Los Angeles following the death of 15-year old Sasha Rodriguez in 2010 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The teenagers family said they were told she had the drug ecstasy in her system at the time of her death.
Insomniac called Rodriguez’s death “a tragic circumstance.”
Dallas police issued Insomniac Events seven tickets for obstructing justice by failing to heed official requests to turn on the lights and turn off the music, failure to obtain a count of occupants, and overcrowding.
Of the citations, Insomniac spokeswoman Erika Raney, said they “will challenge the validity of each in court.”
Insomniac Events issued a statement Monday in regards to Graf’s death, the company said, “We are deeply saddened by the tragedy that occurred and we ask you all to keep the man who passed away and his family in your thoughts and prayers.”
The statement went on to say, “Insomniac works hard alongside local law enforcement to create a safe and secure environment for festivalgoers, and that requires your help and participation.”
An estimated 24,000 people attended the Electric Daisy Carnival in Dallas Saturday.
What is the Electric Daisy Festival?
The Electric Daisy Carnival began in 1997 and is an annual event that takes place in June. The festival was originally held in Southern California but has since branched out with satellite events held in other cities including Dallas.
The festival features “funkafied freaks” (dancers, stiltwalkers, and clowns), free carnival rides which includes a merry-go-round, and art installations featuring “a wide variety of of pieces …,” and musical performances on five stages.