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Fatal techno stampede is all too familiar

Saturday’s news that 17 died* in a stampede at a Duisburg, Germany, techno festival instantly called up memories of the horrific video posted above, shot during last month’s Electric Daisy Carnival at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

The death of a 15-year-old girl who attended the L.A. electronic music festival garnered all the local ink, but the shocking footage of screaming EDC concert-goers being squashed, bloodied and apparently knocked unconscious in a crush at a Coliseum gate failed to attract much comment.

In the past, fatal stampedes at big rock shows — the Who concert in Cincinnati that claimed 11 lives in 1979 and the Roskilde, Denmark, festival tragedy that killed nine in 2000 — made the headlines. But the Love Parade catastrophe and the evidence from Electric Daisy would indicate that security at large techno gatherings has to be seriously addressed.

*The toll rose to 19 on Sunday.

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