Mad Decent Block Party employs heavy-handed safety measures; Kandi banned
About a week after two deaths and twenty hospitalizations made headlines following the Washington, DC leg of Mad Decent Block Party‘s tour, the festival’s organizers have taken additional precautionary steps to ensure each attendees’ safety. Aside from typically-prohibited items such as illegal substances, open packages of cigarettes or masks, Kandi also managed to land on the list of taboo objects. While the beaded bracelets are considered a large component of rave culture, the Mad Decent team and its partners were forced to forbid Kandi as they insinuate drug use and raves – two images from which the touring festival is trying to steer clear.
Furthermore, the recent drug-related deaths in Columbia, MD inspired an even heavier crackdown on security checks, particularly at its Brooklyn stop at MCU Park. Drug-sniffing dogs, undercover law enforcement and a mandatory two-minute video about the risks of using MDMA were added enhancements to the festival’s stricter entry guidelines.