There are two things about festival season that scare the living shit out of me. The first is stage collapses.
Every year, reports come in about high winds tearing down giant metal girders and supports and people being trapped or killed under the weight of them. These concert related deaths are only matched in number by those of dehydration or heat exhaustion.
These very conditions seem to be the cause of one young woman’s death this afternoon at the Van’s Warped Tour in Toronto.
Toronto’s very own CP24 reported this afternoon that a woman collapsed at about 12:40PM near a stage. CPR was administered but the woman was not resuscitated.
We have learned that the incident occurred during Chelsea Grin’s set. The band had the following to say.
Our hearts go out to the person who died today. We still don’t know everything that happened but it’s no time for jokes on our page.
— Chelsea Grin (@ChelseaGrinUT) July 15, 2012
While there has been no official statement, we are under the impression that dehydration and heat exhaustion was a factor in the woman’s death. We encourage all of our readers to take multiple bottles of water to all festivals during these warm months and stay hydrated.
Keeping out of packed in crowds can lead to a far more comfortable experience as well. Utilize the Klean Kateen refill stations at Warped Tour to replenish throughout the day and share with those who are not as prepared as you are. With planning and precaution, we can prevent more incidents like the one in Toronto this afternoon.