Numerous reports have confirmed that two attendees have passed away after attending this year’s Sunset Music Festival in Tampa, Florida.
In addition, nearly 60 others were hospitalized.
Taking place over Memorial Day Weekend, SMF is a staple for electronic music festivals in the South. Bringing in acts as big as Jack Ü, The Chainsmokers, Hardwell and Galantis, over 40,000 people, minimum age 18, crammed the Raymond James Stadium for music.
According to Fox News, a 22-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman were hospitalized after this year’s festival. The man passed away on Sunday and the woman, on Monday.
Heat, exhaustion, illicit substances and constant moving makes summer, outdoor music festivals no easy outing. It’s important to keep hydrated, stay out of the crowds if you are feeling too hot and to take necessary breaks.
Tampa Bay area Police reported 25 felony arrests, 16 marijuana civil citations and eight misdemeanors.
The age limit is 18 and most festivals, in recent years, have upped the age limit to 21 starting. It’s an ongoing debate and after a festival it seems that most are just clamoring on news of the death rate, but it’s important to be responsible and have a safe time so everyone can enjoy the event too!