Live events sector
The Mayor of Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires has stopped issuing permits for major electronic music festivals in response to the death of five people who died of drugs overdoses at an event. Horacio Rodriguez Larreta said the measure would remain in effect until the city legislature approved a new law to prevent drug abuse during such events.
Authorities have said five people had died as a result of drug overdoses during the Time Warp festival on April 15. Another four were taken to hospital critically ill. Witnesses said that festival-goers were often offered a variety of drugs including ecstasy pills, LSD, marijuana, poppers and cocaine. Five people have been arrested.
Time Warp began in Germany in 1994 and was being held in Buenos Aires for the third year. The organiser’s German website said
We are dismayed and deeply saddened by the death of five young people at Time Warp Buenos Aires. Our thoughts are with the relatives of the deceased and the five visitors who are still under medical treatment. We pray for their quick recovery.
The German Time Warp companies, “Planwerk Events GmbH & Co KG“ and “cosmopop GmbH“, were not in any way involved in the local organization and planning of the festival. We are listening to your complaints. At the moment we are trying to get a clear picture.
The organizer of the event will refund the money for the second day, corresponding to the value of your ticket. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain your refund.
We will keep you updated.