Tomorrowland 2019 simply celebrated the primary weekend of its 15th anniversary occasion in Growth, Belgium. After all, with any large-scale pageant equivalent to this, there’s sure to be some arrests within the combine and the numbers are in.
Tomorrowland’s weekend one reportedly noticed 24 drug supplier arrests, in comparison with 63 complete over each weekends final 12 months. Police intercepted 820 ecstasy tablets (75 of them faux), 198 grams of MDMA, 153 grams of ketamine, 139 grams of cocaine and 9 grams of hashish.
The electronic music festival, in Boom, Antwerp province, attracts about 80,000 people across two days from around the world. It has a strict zero-tolerance policy on drug use, meaning those in possession of drugs for their own use will also be fined and ejected from the event: 231 people were punished in this way at the weekend.
In addition, 48 people were ejected for entering the festival without a ticket, and eight pickpockets were arrested. The numbers of those arrested for various offences is in line with figures from previous years. Last year, across the two weekends of the event, 63 drug dealers were caught, two of whom were detained by police. The others were ordered to leave the festival premises and appeared later in court.
A 27-year-old man from India died after becoming unwell at the festival, the organisers confirmed this week. Investigators believe the cause of death is drug-related but further tests are being carried out.