It's no surprise to anyone that where there is music, drugs are around. Rock ‘n roll has weed and acid, electronic has ecstasy, and punk rock has cocaine. Every music genre seems linked to drugs in one way or another.
I'll say out front that I don't do drugs. Never have. So maybe I'm not qualified to address this issue as well as someone who understands the lure of drugs. But as an avid music/concert/festival lover, I'm totally aware that some fans regard drugs to be an integral part of the experience. And until recently, I've pretty much ignored it, as have most festival/concert-goers. But maybe we shouldn't.
At the Tomorrowland festival this summer, security appeared to mean business. When our bags were checked, Michael and I were stopped for having Aleve in our backpack. It's for my ankle (that I broke 8 months ago.) I had no problem with them searching us, as that made me feel like they would do this to others and hopefully keep drugs out of the festival grounds.
I disagree with some of what he says but, he does mention something striking: “If you’re attending a large EDM event, I would wager that over half of the people in attendance will consume Molly.” Now, this is not something I have ever experienced at Tomorrowland. But at a recent festival in Dallas it was prevalent. It seemed that people felt like they had to be on something to enjoy the festival, which essentially took a lot of the joy out of it for me. (This is clearly just my opinion and experience, not saying I know what it's like at every venue.)