Two teenagers dead upon attending Leeds and Creamfields festivals
In the early hours of this past Saturday, August 24, two teenage festival-goers died after attending British music festivals, Leeds and Creamfields, with one fatality tied to each festival, respectively.
Just after midnight on Saturday morning, a 19-year-old man from Warrington, was rushed to a nearby hospital upon falling ill at Daresbury, Cheshire’s infamous Creamfields festival. He was assessed on festival grounds, but died later in the hospital. Authorities spoke tersely of the case, simply offering that they’ve ruled out “suspicious circumstances,” in their investigation of the man’s death.
“We are deeply saddened to hear of this tragic accident. We send our deepest condolences to his loved ones and we continue to work closely with the authorities,” a Creamfields spokesperson responded.
Just a few hours after the first incident, a 17-year-old girl from Oldham, a borough of Greater Manchester, was pronounced dead at approximately 3:40 am at Leeds Festival’s Bramham Park. The girl is believed to have died of a suspected drug overdose, according to local authorities. The festival’s police commander, Matt Davison addressed the incident shortly after.
“While the exact cause of her death is yet to be established, the information we have indicates that she has taken a combination of drugs,” said Davison.
Harm reduction organization, The Loop, has been warning British festival-goers all season about the dangerously high potency of much of the ecstasy their staffers have come in contact with recently. More information on their campaign is available here.