After a weekend that included 78 arrests–28 of them felonies–and the tragic trampling of a festival security guard, Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado is calling for an end to the city’s Ultra Music Festival. Ultra has become one of the largest electronic music festivals in the U.S., but like many similar festivals, has become a magnet for controversy.
Security Guard Trampled At Ultra Music Festival
According to reports, security guard Erica Mack is still in critical condition after a mob broke through one of the festival’s security gates and trampled over Mack, causing severe brain hemorrhaging. The Miami Police Department’s homicide unit has been reviewing security footage and interviewing witnesses regarding the incident.
Regalado alleges that the festival “acted irresponsibly.” A police inspection just hours before the incident indicated a need for more fencing where Mack was trampled, however no additional fencing was added to the area. Regalado and City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff are intent on making sure Ultra Music Festival does not return to Miami. “I think they have overstayed their welcome,” said Sarnoff.
Unfortunately, this kind of debauchery has become commonplace at EDM festivals in the U.S. Last year, at New York City’s Electric Zoo, organizers were forced to cancel the third day of the festival after a handful of attendees suffered fatal drug overdoses. Sources indicate that Electric Zoo will not return to NYC this year.
Article by Jason Schellhardt