The world’s biggest electronic music event, known as Tomorrowland Festival in Belgium, witnessed the tragic death of an attendee on Saturday, July 20th. The 27-year-old from India collapsed during the festival, according to Antwerp prosecutors in a statement to VTM News.
The man was transported from the site in the town of Boom to Antwerp University Hospital, where he died, a hospital spokeswoman told AFP on Saturday.
Tomorrowland organisers expressed their sadness in a statement to Belga news agency, expressing “with sadness the death of one of its guests.”
According to the Medical Examiner-Coroner, the cause of death is yet unknown. However, spokeswoman Debby Wilmsen spoke to VTM, highlighting the importance of following rules stated by the organisers, in reference to the tolerance policy that the festival is practising concerning drugs. This issue, in particular, has been a common feature of many big European electro gatherings, according to AFP.
Tomorrowland brings together 400,000 people over two weekends in July to see many of the biggest names in electronic dance music.
According to a statement released by the Antwerp University Hospital, this is the fourth incident, adding to another three cases admitted for the intensive care unit at the hospital on Friday. Last year, a 26-year-old woman, also from India, became unwell at the festival and died one day later in the hospital, along with a Czech woman who also died. Both victims had traces of the drug ecstasy in their blood.
This year’s festival, however, includes more than 130 performers, including Eric Prydz, former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal, fashion designer Virgil Abloh, Steve Aoki, DJ Tiësto, and Dave Clarke.