I believe, if left unchecked, NBOMe will damage the dance music scene on a scale that hasn’t been seen since the RAVE Act. I’ve been doing some research for the last several months, and this issue has continued to crop up. 25i, NBOMe or N-Bomb, as it’s called, has been repeatedly showing up at festivals and parties on the East Coast. At this point, NBOMe has killed more Americans than Ebola. I don’t mean to be glib, but there just in the last month there are NBOMe associated deaths reported in Boca, Boston & Mankato, Minnesota. There’s also been reports of people using/dying in Australia, but of more concern to our domestic festival attendees, TomorrowWorld may have had some of this stuff as well.
Something happened at TomorrowWorld that I think illustrates really the central issue that American festival culture needs to confront. This is a market demand issue at its core, but threads into every aspect of both festival & club culture. I was told by some people working at TomorrowWorld that rumors were going around kids needed medical transport around the time a “bad batch of LSD” seemed to hit the festival. Apparently 6 medical transports were needed to take care of people, and they had similar symptoms. This smacks of kids being sold NBOMe that’s being passed off as LSD. TomorrowWorld takes safety very seriously, but it’s very hard to prevent this kind of thing. To stress, there were no deaths, but people needed attention, because of greed & dishonesty. This isn’t even a new phenomenon. There are documented calls of “do not eat the brown acid” at Woodstock. And if you don’t believe me HERE IS THE AUDIO. 50 years later, and we’re still fighting the same fight. I think this can only be dealt with doing two things.
The Indio Police only arrested 80 people over the weekend. Considering there were ~90,000 people through the gates daily, that’s saying quite a bit. I’m going to keep maintaining that dance attendees cause less damage, are less violent and stress rescue & enforcement resources than your run of the mill football game, rock concert or holiday associated with drinking. The Indio Police department agrees. From the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin:
“If you look at some other big event like an Oakland Raiders game, how many people get arrested at those,” he said. “There was nothing really significant this year and there were no major issues with traffic. It was pretty good.”
If you go back and look at the local commentary about TomorrowWorld, you’ll see the same thing. I think these larger events are coming into their own, and while the Ultra security guard injury was tragic & never should have happened, we’re seeing things like that less and less. Six people died in Malaysia at the Future Music Festival, so there are definitely examples of places doing this worse. I think we have a long way to go until we’re partying in the magical land of peace, equality & unicorn farts we’ve all heard fucked up people talk about, but this news shows that we’re on our way. Alright Coachella, let’s not go all Woodstock 99 on this shit on Weekend 2 ok? (via Magnetic, image via Treehugger)
I read somewhere that Andre 3000 practiced 6 hours a day to be competent enough on guitar that he could approximate the mad genius of Jimi. Just in case you didn’t know, yes Andre is going to be Jimi Hendrix, and if you’re at SXSW and you didn’t see this movie, I’m going to kick you. This clip looks fantastic and I can’t wait for the rest of it.