Earlier this year, Holy Ship Wrecked was faced with security concerns from Shippers following a rash of unexplained deaths and illnesses in the Dominican Republic. According to multiple reports, at least 11 Americans passed away while visiting the island over the past year. Reported illnesses were into the 100s, including a case in June where 54 people fell sick on a group trip.
The FBI has just concluded an investigation into the deaths and found no evidence of foul play, ruling all the deaths due to natural causes. The State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs wrote in a statement that “the results of the additional, extensive toxicology testing completed to date have been consistent with the findings of local authorities.”
“Having visited the Dominican Republic dozens of times over the last decade, hosted events for thousands of people, and paved relationships with local friends and colleagues,” Kelly Viau, director of Business Development for Cloud 9 Adventures, told Billboard, “we stand by the wonderful people of the Dominican Republic and hope the media will give them the courtesy of clearing up the misconceptions that were spread earlier this year. We look forward to hosting incredible events at Hard Rock Punta Cana which are sure to be next-level experiences for artists and music fans alike at this world class all-inclusive resort.”
Holy Ship Wrecked 2020 makes port in the Dominican Republic Wednesday to Sunday, Jan. 22 to 26. Headliners include Diplo, Madeon, Claude VonStroke, Lane 8, NGHTMRE & Slander, and more. Tickets are on sale now.
via Billboard | Photo: Joseph Lianes