EDC UK criticized for ‘chaos’ surrounding the event
The UK edition of Insomniac Event‘s Electric Daisy Carnival festival series seemed to have gone off relatively smoothly when it was held July 9. A recent Facebook group however has since levied heavy criticism at the festival for its security personnel and concern for its attendees.
The group was started by Sarah Thomas, a mother of one of the festival’s attendees, who drove 125 miles to the festival site to help her daughter search for her missing boyfriend. The boyfriend’s phone had died and, according to Thomas, when he approached security staff they were either unable or unwilling to assist him.
“We went to the train station, only to find it locked up with over 100 more people shivering outside. There were no police and medics. It was appalling,” she said.
The festival also reported one death this year, 23-year-old Liam McEwan, discovered after the conclusion of the event and was rushed to a hospital where he expired.
A spokesman for EDC released the following in response to McEwan’s death, “Our festival goers’ safety is of the upmost importance to us. We are deeply saddened by a death at EDC UK this year. The man in question received immediate attention, was taken to see on site medics and then later transported to Milton Keynes hospital, where he sadly passed away.”
Local authorities are planning to debrief with festival organizers to go over this year’s event and seek improvements to make it safer for all attendees in the future.
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