In ten days time (January 23rd), new legislation will once again permit electronic music events in Buenos Aires. Following the Time Warp tragedy resulting in five deaths in April last year a law banning such events came into effect. However legislation created in September re-permitted events as long as they complied with increased security and health and safety measures, amongst other requirements. For example, free water must supplied and organizers must notify nearby hospitals that the event is taking place so as to ready their emergency services if needed. You can read more here.
However before the law will come into action Buenos Aires will play host to various large electronic music events such as the likes of Guy J, Eekle Kleijn and John Digweed playing at Mandarine Park. According to Government sources all these upcoming events’ authorisation is still pending, however tickets for some of them are already on sale.
The new law was signed by Matías Álvarez Dorrego, ex chief of the Government Control Agency (AGC) days before leaving office last December. For organizers who do not comply with the new regulations they could face a fine of around AR $1 million and or be sentenced to 60 days in jail.
“With this law, the shows will have new requirements, behavior will be controlled by inspectors of the AGC. It is fundamental that the public take into account their rights such as free access to water and medical services during the event” said Gustavo May, the Director General of control at the AGC.
Crowd control is a key safety aspect addressed, when a show has between 5000 to 10,000 attendees the ACG needs to supply six inspectors (there were three at Time Warp). When there are more than 10,000 there needs to be a crowd inspector per every 5000. This inspectors should be provided with information about the dangers of consuming psychoactive substances, a scientific knowledge of them and be able to use appropriate language to describe them.
In addition, a body count during events will be taken by properly approved and certified technology. It will keep check on the maximum capacity allowed, and show a percentage of the space occupied in real time.
Although this regulation will come into effect in Buenos Aires, other parts of the country are not under compliance. For example, electronic music events were recently banned at the Mar De Plata holiday resort following recent health scares and the death of two people at a New Year’s party in Arroyo Seco.