NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Electronic music fans will need to take an extra step in order to gain access to the Electric Zoo music festival taking place in New York City this month.
Ticket buyers at this year’s festival on Randall’s Island between Aug. 29 and Aug. 31 will have to watch a 2-minute video about MDMA, known as molly or ecstasy, if they want to get in.
Festival spokesman Stefan Friedman said the video will contain a code that will be used to activate festivalgoers’ wristbands, so they won’t be admitted unless they have watched it.
The video, titled “Electric Zoo: Come To Life,” shows a man at a concert rubbing a powder on his gums and becoming increasingly sweaty and incoherent.
The move comes after two festival attendees died at last year’s Electric Zoo, prompting the organizers to cancel the final day of the three-day event.
The New York City medical examiner’s office said Jeffrey Russ, 23, and Olivia Rotondo, 20, died from an overdose of the drug MDMA combined with hyperthermia.
Last month, Patrick Morgan, 23, of Buffalo, was charged with one count of conspiring to distribute narcotics and another count of distributing narcotics in connection with Russ’ death.
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