Buenos Aires makes electronic music festivals temporarily illegal

No more licenses for electronic festivals will be granted in the Argentine city following recent deaths

Buenos Aires has effectively made electronic music festivals illegal, after refusing to grant any further licenses for festivals centred on the genre until new drug laws come into place.

Five people died and another nine were left in critical condition at city festival Time Warp on April 15. The festival has been held in Argentina for the last three years after relocating from Germany, and the victims deaths at the most recent edition have been linked back to drugs.

As a result, The Guardian reports, the government will no longer license EDM events, with Buenos Aires mayor, Horacio Rodriguez Larreta saying the measure would remain in effect until the city legislature approved a law to prevent drug abuse during such events.


Five people have been arrested as a result of the Time Warp deaths.

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All the Time Warp deaths occurred on the first day of the festival, with the organisers immediately cancelling the day that had been due to follow.

They said: “We express our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the people who passed away. The cause of this tragedy will take some time to determine. The show is cancelled for tonight. We will let you know as soon as possible how you can refund the ticket for tonight. We ask that you keep the loved ones of these people in our thoughts and prayers.”


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