Live Nation to Offer $799 All-Access Pass to Over 90 Festivals Worldwide

If you love of music festivals and just happen to have a spare $799 lying around, Live Nation has a proposition for you.

The live events titan earlier this week introduced a “festival passport,” which for $799 grants its owner general admission to over 90 music festivals around the world, including Bonnaroo, EDC Las Vegas, Creamfields, Lollapalooza Berlin, The Warehouse Project, and Falls Festival—even if the event has previously sold out. However, as it’s noted in small print on the official website, if the festival offers on-site camping, the pass holder must email Live Nation two weeks in advance to reserve campground space. The pass doesn’t include any airfare, lodging, food, parking, or transportation.

If you can afford all of that, Live Nation’s festival passport goes on sale Monday, May 22 at 10 AM PST.

Last summer, Live Nation partnered with IdentoGO, the company that conducts TSA pre-checks at airports, to issue festival entry fast-passes to pre-registered attendees with TSA pre-check.

Coroner Confirms Three Deaths At HARD Summer 2016 As MDMA-Related

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The San Bernardino County coroner confirmed that the deaths ofthree people at this year’s HARD Summer festival were MDMA-related. According to areport from coroner’s office released yesterday, the festivalgoers died of acute MDMA toxicity. The local Sheriff’s department previously identified the deceased as Derek Lee, 22, of San Francisco; Alyssa Dominguez, 21, of San Diego; and Roxanne Ngo, 22, of Chino Hills.

This year’s festival took place at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California from July 30-31. The deaths sparked fresh calls from local lawmakers to ban EDM raves. The deaths led San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford to re-express her interest in a ban on all “rave-style” events at the county-owned San Manuel Amphitheater, a motion she had previously tried and failed to pass. In September, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors said it would consider forming an Electronic Dance Music Task Force to deal with problems related to raves.

LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis had separately called for a temporary ban on raves on county property after the two deaths at HARD Summer’s 2015 edition, which took place at the county’s Pomona Fairplex. This led to the city’s Board of Supervisors forming a regulatory committee called the Electronic Music Task Force, which has no relation to San Bernardino’s.

At the time of the initial reports of the deaths, THUMP spoke to criminal defense attorney Cameron Bowman, who specializes in festivals, about the potential merits and plausibility of a rave ban. “Banning raves is not a solution, but is a very politically convenient or popular approach,” he said. “It’s easy to say, ‘Well, we’ll just ban it.’ I think it takes a little more courage, and I think you’ve gotta put yourself out there a little bit more as a politician to say, ‘Okay, let’s just make sure people are being safe there.’ That’s a riskier position for politicians to take.”

In July, the parents of two women who died at HARD Summer in 2014 and 2015 filed a lawsuit against the festival’s owner, Live Nation, citing negligence and wrongful death. Meanwhile, HARD Events announced in September that its Halloween-themed Day of the Dead festival would not return this year for “production reasons.”

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Coroner Confirms Three Deaths At HARD Summer 2016 As MDMA-Related

Photo by Alive Coverage

The San Bernardino County coroner confirmed that the deaths ofthree people at this year’s HARD Summer festival were MDMA-related. According to areport from coroner’s office released yesterday, the festivalgoers died of acute MDMA toxicity. The local Sheriff’s department previously identified the deceased as Derek Lee, 22, of San Francisco; Alyssa Dominguez, 21, of San Diego; and Roxanne Ngo, 22, of Chino Hills.

This year’s festival took place at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California from July 30-31. The deaths sparked fresh calls from local lawmakers to ban EDM raves. The deaths led San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford to re-express her interest in a ban on all “rave-style” events at the county-owned San Manuel Amphitheater, a motion she had previously tried and failed to pass. In September, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors said it would consider forming an Electronic Dance Music Task Force to deal with problems related to raves.

LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis had separately called for a temporary ban on raves on county property after the two deaths at HARD Summer’s 2015 edition, which took place at the county’s Pomona Fairplex. This led to the city’s Board of Supervisors forming a regulatory committee called the Electronic Music Task Force, which has no relation to San Bernardino’s.

At the time of the initial reports of the deaths, THUMP spoke to criminal defense attorney Cameron Bowman, who specializes in festivals, about the potential merits and plausibility of a rave ban. “Banning raves is not a solution, but is a very politically convenient or popular approach,” he said. “It’s easy to say, ‘Well, we’ll just ban it.’ I think it takes a little more courage, and I think you’ve gotta put yourself out there a little bit more as a politician to say, ‘Okay, let’s just make sure people are being safe there.’ That’s a riskier position for politicians to take.”

In July, the parents of two women who died at HARD Summer in 2014 and 2015 filed a lawsuit against the festival’s owner, Live Nation, citing negligence and wrongful death. Meanwhile, HARD Events announced in September that its Halloween-themed Day of the Dead festival would not return this year for “production reasons.”

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TSA Pre-Check Members Can Now Skip Long Lines At Some Live Nation Festivals

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LiveNation has partnered with a IdentoGO, the company that runs TSA Pre-Check at airports, to offer an express entry service that will be available at select concert and music festivals across the country. Similar to its implementation at US airports, pre-registered festival attendees with the Fast Pass TSA Pre-Check will be able to bypass long lines at festivals for quicker entry.

Fast Pass is a fast-track security line that lets attendees skip long lines, but they will still be checked by security. The festival access was added so customers who already had pre-check for air travel could use the service more frequently and at different places, including music events.

Attendees also have the opportunity to sign up for the service on-site at festivals. Pre-Check enrollment was previously only able at airports or official enrollment centers. In order to sign up, customers will need to bring a government-issued photo ID with proof of US citizenship like a passport or birth certificate. TSA Pre-Check is $85 and is valid for five years.

Fast Pass by IdentoGO will be available at the upcoming Meadows Festival in Queens, New York. Scheduled performers at The Meadows includes Kanye West, Kygo, Grimes, Zhu, and Thomas Jack. We’ve reached out to IdentoGO for further comment and will update this post.

Live Nation Introduces TSA Pre-Check So You Can Skip The Long Security Lines At Festivals

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LiveNation has partnered with a IdentoGO, the company that runs TSA Pre-Check at airports, to offer an express entry service that will be available at select concert and music festivals across the country. Similar to its implementation at US airports, pre-registered festival attendees with the Fast Pass TSA Pre-Check will be able to bypass long security lines at festivals for quicker entry.

Fast Pass is a fast-track security line that lets attendees skip long lines, but they will still be checked by security. The festival access was added so customers who already had pre-check for air travel could use the service more frequently and at different places, including music events.

Attendees also have the opportunity to sign up for the service on-site at festivals. Pre-Check enrollment was previously only able at airports or official enrollment centers. In order to sign up, customers will need to bring a government-issued photo ID with proof of US citizenship like a passport or birth certificate. TSA Pre-Check is $85 and is valid for five years.

Fast Pass by IdentoGO will be available at the upcoming Meadows Festival in Queens, New York. Scheduled performers at The Meadows includes Kanye West, Kygo, Grimes, Zhu, and Thomas Jack. We’ve reached out to IdentoGO for further comment and will update this post.

Families Of Two Women Who Died At HARD Summer Sue Live Nation

HARD Summer 2011. Photo via Flickr user Aaron Weinstein

Parents whose children died while attending annual Southern California music festival HARD Summer in 2014 and 2015 are suing the promoter’s owner, Live Nation, in addition to other parties, citing negligence and wrongful death.

NBC Los Angeles reports that a lawsuit was filed last month on the behalf of Michael and Pamela Dix, whose daughter Katie died due to “multiple drug intoxication” while attending HARD Summer at the Pomona Fairgrounds in August 2015. According to the report, Katie was found unresponsive on the grounds after ingesting what she believed to be pure ecstasy, and none of the four medical tents she was taken to were properly trained to handle such situations. She was then taken to Pomona Valley Medical Center, where she died.

The Dixes, who also name Los Angeles County, the LA County Fair Association, the city of Pomona, and the event’s security, Staff Pro, in the suit, claim that the defendants “turned a blind eye” to the use of drugs such as MDMA at these events, and that Katie could have been saved had the festival provided proper and timely treatment.

Read More: How Do We Stop Drug Deaths at Festivals?

Also suing Live Nation in a separate claim is Julie Tran, whose daughter Emily died after attending HARD Summer at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area in August 2014. According to The LA Times, coroner’s officials cited “acute intoxication of ecstasy” as the cause of death.

According to The Orange County Register, Tran’s suit, which also names HARD and Staff Pro as defendants, echoes the Dixes’ sentiments, claiming the promoters purposefully ignored the risks of drug use “in order to capitalize on teenagers and young adults who believed they were attending a safe party environment…” Similarly, she blames the lack of trained medical personnel, citing their failure to “adequately transport” Emily to the first-aid center, and then to a hospital.

The lawsuits bookended yet another tragedy-filled HARD Summer, which took place this past weekend at a new location, the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Three attendees died at the event, though at this moment, their causes of death are unknown pending autopsy reports.

Families Of Two Women Who Died At HARD Summer Sue Live Nation

HARD Summer 2011. Photo via Flickr user Aaron Weinstein

Parents whose children died while attending annual Southern California music festival HARD Summer in 2014 and 2015 are suing the promoter’s owner, Live Nation, in addition to other parties, citing negligence and wrongful death.

NBC Los Angeles reports that a lawsuit was filed last month on the behalf of Michael and Pamela Dix, whose daughter Katie died due to “multiple drug intoxication” while attending HARD Summer at the Pomona Fairgrounds in August 2015. According to the report, Katie was found unresponsive on the grounds after ingesting what she believed to be pure ecstasy, and none of the four medical tents she was taken to were properly trained to handle such situations. She was then taken to Pomona Valley Medical Center, where she died.

The Dixes, who also name Los Angeles County, the LA County Fair Association, the city of Pomona, and the event’s security, Staff Pro, in the suit, claim that the defendants “turned a blind eye” to the use of drugs such as MDMA at these events, and that Katie could have been saved had the festival provided proper and timely treatment.

Read More: How Do We Stop Drug Deaths at Festivals?

Also suing Live Nation in a separate claim is Julie Tran, whose daughter Emily died after attending HARD Summer at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area in August 2014. According to The LA Times, coroner’s officials cited “acute intoxication of ecstasy” as the cause of death.

According to The Orange County Register, Tran’s suit, which also names HARD and Staff Pro as defendants, echoes the Dixes’ sentiments, claiming the promoters purposefully ignored the risks of drug use “in order to capitalize on teenagers and young adults who believed they were attending a safe party environment…” Similarly, she blames the lack of trained medical personnel, citing their failure to “adequately transport” Emily to the first-aid center, and then to a hospital.

The lawsuits bookended yet another tragedy-filled HARD Summer, which took place this past weekend at a new location, the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Three attendees died at the event, though at this moment, their causes of death are unknown pending autopsy reports.