|The organisers – Life In Color, Future Sound Asia and Zouk KL – posted the announcement on their Facebook page, stating that the decision was made out of respect for the country and Malaysians.|
Future Music Festival made the arduous decision last week to cancel the third and final day of the festival in Malaysia following several fatal drug overdoses. Life in Color, without directly acknowledging the tragedy at MF, notified fans on March 18 of the April 19th cancelation due to the “unfortunate events” of the previous weekend.
This isn’t the first time dance music events have been canceled in advance for fear of overdoses; UMASS became infamous for its cancelation of EDM shows last fall. Unfortunately however, I predict this also won’t be the last.
Education, awareness, and responsibility need to be strived for surrounding the drug culture imbedded into the EDM stereotype. And then maybe, just maybe, festivals won’t be cancelled and lives won’t be lost.