Study from the guardian reveals 21 and over events may be the best way to prevent death. While some media outlets overdo it when it comes to covering the sensitive topic of rave-related fatalities, our side of the fence still has to reckon with the all too real circumstances in front of us. Nobody deserves to die at a festival, and those in charge need the help of their devoted attendees to push measures that could do a lot of good to prevent deaths in any way possible.
A new study by The Guardian provides some research into new ideas, showing that 21 + festivals, though much smaller in attendance, do not have the same issue:
None of the 25 deaths happened at 21-and-older events. Last year, following the 2015 deaths, HARD Day of the Dead went 21-plus. Nobody died. Of course, the crowds, estimated at 20,000, were fractional. Hard Summer saw about 147,000 people through the turnstiles this year. Yes, some of the deceased over the years have been older than 21, but barely. When 20-year-old Kenani Kaimuloa died after attending EDC Vegas this year, her father, an Iraq combat veteran, told a local newspaper reporter that he had been waiting for her to come home that weekend ‘to give me her Father’s Day present’. If 21-and-older works, then, why isn’t it done more often?
There are plenty of other measures like harm reduction on site and greater education that can help mitigate the issues at hand, but ultimately, increasing the minimum age could be a good immediate solution.