Earlier last week, the Los Angeles County government reviewed new guidelines for concerts and music festivals.
This call for action was prompted by the numerous deaths related to MDMA consumption that have taken place recently. The LA county government will be teaming up with medical, public health, firefighters, sheriffs and other top county officials to make the call on whether a music festival with 10,000 or more people will be an 18+ or 21+ event.
Under the new guidelines, music festival promoters will have to submit plans to the team 120 days in advance of the event. The assessment team will then make a “threat assessment” based on the size of the event as well as the possibility of drug use.
How they will be rating these threats is unclear, however we can only assume festivals with EDM-heavy lineups may be the ones who are hit with the 21+ requirement, since rampant MDMA use is typically more associated with electronic dance shows.
“Protecting the health and safety of L.A. County residents and visitors attending mass gatherings at our County Fairgrounds, and parks and recreation spaces is the overarching goal,” Supervisor Hilda Solis said. “With proper planning and coordination, we will reduce the risk of loss of life and harm to event attendees.”