Attendees Claim Extortion By Security At Baltimore EDM Fest
Fans are accusing security personnel contracted by Moonrise Festival of extortion, the festival officially responds to the allegations.This article originally appeared on Stereo Gum
Moonrise Festival is an annual fest held at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course featuring EDM and hip-hop artists.
The lineup this year included Zedd, Flosstradamus, Young Thug, Tyler, The Creator, Tiesto, and the Chainsmokers among many others. Reports have surfaced via the Facebook group Moonrise Festival 2016 that the security firm hired to work the festival extorted several ticketholders. As illegal substances tend to be popular at EDM events, security guards asked some ticketholders for $40 upon entry in exchange for anything illegal they had in their pockets, and took both the money and whatever they were hiding. Others reported that security guards threatened to cut their wristbands after they caught them smoking weed if they did not give them $20. Magnetic Magazine has collected numerous reports of accounts like this along with instances of fest security being negligent or worse. Now Moonrise organizers have responded in a statement via Facebook:
We are aware of the reports coming in about members of specific security teams on site acting in an unprofessional manner that would be considered unfair to our patrons and unfair to the event. We are taking these reports very seriously. We ask that anyone who had any issue with security personnel on site please contact us immediately at SecurityIssues@MoonriseFestival.com with full details, including a description of the individual, what they were wearing, where the issue took place, and what happened. We have already begun an investigation with the management running each of the security teams on site. We will be addressing these issues as a whole internally and on a personal case-by-case basis with our fans.