Lost Lands 2018 was an insanely good time…for the attendees, at least. Excision’s Basstastic festival in Ohio got under the skins of several attendees in the surrounding area. From a naked man outside one residence to the bass rattling surrounding homes. With rumors floating around social media, it was speculated that 9 people passed away at the event. While these numbers have not been confirmed, it has been confirmed that two male attendees did pass away.
“The noise was unbearable. You couldn’t watch TV, couldn’t sleep. It’s a slap in the face to the people here. There was a guy walking around naked on drugs, people urinating on the side of the road, someone broke into a neighbor’s fence. It was just chaotic. Something has to be done,” says resident Katie Lawhead. Another resident named John Holman has his alarm go off numerous times thanks to the mouse. “I can truthfully attest, the previous four days have been the most violating, intrusive, disrespectful display ever to the residents of our community,” Holman said. “The nudity, the defecation, the fornication, the urination. Kids on school bus witnessed sex acts and full nudity on the way home from school.
Laura and Steve Trickle, the festival’s organizers, fielded complaints and promised things would go better.
“We have done music until 2, 3, 4 a.m. at every show, except county jam, to keep people entertained,” Laura said. “These people are 25, 26 and still up and having fun, and want to stay up until 2-3 in the morning. That’s the reason we go late. (If not) I can’t guarantee they’ll stay there.”
“I made a deal with Lost Lands to quit the main stages at 12:30 a.m., and do small late-night stages in the campground,” Steve said. “I know you could not hear stages after 12:30, as I personally monitor the neighborhood volume myself.”
“Our community gets so much revenue from this,” Licking Trails resident Kim Ross said. “We’re fine with the concerts, when we like the music. We should have consideration for all the people who benefit from this.”
Suzy Peters said, “My windows didn’t shake. My 2-year-old slept through the night. My son’s a firefighter and worked three days, and made enough to make his medical school payment. That was huge. He was one of thousands that was paid very, very well.”