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Over the weekend, news broke that USC Events FreakNight had to cancel it's second day due to a death and several hospitalizations believed to be related to drug use.
The Saturday night event which was cancelled, was scheduled to have Tiesto headline, along with several other supporting EDM DJs.
The promoters made the decision to cancel the event on Saturday, notifying their fans via a Facebook status update. Today, they issued the following official statement:
USC Events Statement on FreakNight 2014
On Nov. 1, news media reported that a Friday night attendee of the annual two-day FreakNight festival at the WaMu Theater died after being transported from the venue. USC Events became aware of this alleged incident just before 4 p.m. on Saturday. After discussing the situation with USC Events, First & Goal, Inc. decided to cancel the second night of the show just before 6 p.m.
While we have no official information about this incident, USC Events is deeply affected by this news, and we offer our condolences to the families involved. The bond between USC Events and its fans is strong, and safety is the top priority at all of our events.
USC Events has been a promoter of electronic dance music for more than 18 years. The Pioneer Square-based company has produced shows across Seattle and the Northwest, including 17 previous FreakNight events on Halloween.
Approximately 22,000 people were expected each night during this year’s event. Prior to the festival, USC Events promoted its health and safety program, “The Message,” through web and social media platforms. Created with input from local public health officials, The Message stressed personal responsibility and emphasized the state’s Good Samaritan law.
In addition, USC Events organized the “Conscious Crew” of volunteers to interact with patrons at the venue. Equipped with water and two-way radios, the Conscious Crew is tasked with ensuring patrons enjoy themselves safely.
Free water was provided throughout the venue.
During this year’s FreakNight, USC Events’ Health & Safety Director was on-site working with the venue to advise safety plans and follow best practices in crowd management.
We remain committed to promoting electronic dance music as a vibrant and vital artistic expression. We look forward to working with all interested parties to ascertain the facts about what transpired on Halloween and creating the safest possible environment for our patrons.