Bonnaroo 2010 Leads To One Death, Over 100 ArrestsBy Travis Woods
Despite playing host to what was, by most accounts, a pretty stellar lineup of excellent performers and performances (including from Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder, Conan O’Brien, Kings of Leon, Flaming Lips and Weezer) this year’s Bonnaroo Festival was not without its tragedies and legal hiccups. In between sessions of shoving that gremlin Snooki down our collective throats, MTV reports that “a 29-year-old man, North Carolina’s David Sloan, died on Sunday (June 13) after falling ill at the Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tennessee.” In addition, reports still coming in place the number of disorderly conduct, alcohol and drug-related (at Bonnaroo? Nooooo…) arrests at well over 100.
“According to the Tullahoma News and Guardian, officials believe that Sloan was overcome by heat, which caused him to collapse early Sunday morning in front of medical personnel after his core body temperature reached 108 degrees. Sloane was rushed to an area hospital, where he later died.”
Temperatures over the weekend hovered around the mid-90s, with the heat index well over 100 degrees—forcing the air-conditioned medical tents to treat 25% more concert-goers that in previous years.
Further, more than 70 people were arrested while on their way to Bonnaroo for charges ranging from underage possession of alcohol to the possession of marijuana, while at least 50 were arrested for similar charges.
What do you think of the number of Bonnaroo arrests?