Following the death of 5 individuals and the hospitalizations of at least four more at Argentina’s Time Warp music festival, the Argentinian government has decided to stop issuing permits to electronic music festivals.

According to the mayor of Buenos Aires, Horacio Rodriguez Larreta, the measure would remain in effect until the city legislature approved a law to prevent drug abuse during such events.

The effects of the ban on electronic festivals in Argentina is yet to be seen, and hopefully the new drug laws can be put in place rather soon. What form they will take remains to be seen, however. It is entirely possible that more thorough searches will be instituted, rather than any kind of harm reduction practices.

This ban could also potentially affect Ultra Buenos Aires, though no dates have yet been released for the festival’s return in 2016.


via The Guardian