What You Should Take Away From The Kenny Chesney Concert Incident
EDM is often demonized for musical events resulting in deaths of festival goers, arrests, and massive amounts of garbage left behind. However, according to this article by Dance Music Northwest, maybe people are too critical of the genre and not the events themselves.This article originally appeared on Dance Music Northwest
It seems as though every single music blog that focuses on electronic music is writing articles on the fact that a recent Kenny Chesney concert was a certifiable shit show. And it is a common practice to point out when a community has made a considerable lapse in judgement. As the numbers show, it was in fact a horrific event as far as criminal activity, hospitalizations, and outright disregard for the environment.
One report cited 57 ambulance calls, 37 hospitalizations, 48 tons of garbage, and at least 36 people cited for underage drinking (one of whom was as young as 15 years old). But we’ve deciding finger pointing is not the most productive response to this event. The conversation we need now involves something about glass houses and throwing rocks.
Yes it is true that there is a media bias when it comes to reporting on events and how well they fair. Oftentimes we, the ravers, are looked at in a bad light and are entirely misunderstood. We have a unsettling number of young people who have passed away, and we have some of the most insanely high numbers of people attending festivals. It’s only natural, since we are the “hot genre” of the time, that the focus will be on us. So we can take this opportunity to focus on the things that we need to fix, rather than justifying our behavior because of the actions of others.
Read the full story by Phillip Frances at Dance Music Northwest