I spent most of my Sunday night live-streaming the bass-boosted and heavy wobbles from Lost Lands Music Festival. I was about to go to bed when I got a notification from the EDC Family Facebook page. I checked the page and saw video footage of people running and screaming, you could hear automatic gunfire in the background. It was like something you see in a movie. But this wasn't a movie, this was real life.
We here at iEDM send our condolences, prayers and good vibes to everyone affected by the tragedy in Las Vegas. One of the worst recent shootings in the US has reported numbers that are absolutely heartbreaking. 59 people died and more than 500 people were injured when a lone gunman opened fire from the Mandalay Bay Hotel on the attending crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. Read the full report from NBC HERE.
Las Vegas is a hub for EDM, and practically a second home for many DJs and their teams. Between huge events like EDC Las Vegas and NYE Weekend, and the biggest nightclubs in the US, Vegas attracts ravers like no other city.
When the tragic shooting at Mandalay Bay rocked the Internet, the EDM community came together in a show of solidarity and PLUR. I had at least 20 notifications from different family groups on Facebook. Everyone was checking in with each other to make sure that everyone and their loved ones were safe. People were sending prayers, good vibes and love to everyone who had been impacted by the tragedy.
But it wasn't only ravers who reacted to the news, DJs chimed in on Twitter to share their shock, some called for change, others denounced hate in the world. This tragedy hit home for the EDM community.
Even though Route 91 Harvest Festival isn't an EDM festival, the music community is an incredibly supportive one, and whether the event was country music, metal or folk, the music community will always stand together in solidarity. Some of the biggest names in EDM shared their thoughts and feelings in a series of tweets that were absolutely heart-wrenching.
If you want to help out the Las Vegas victims, here's what you can do:
1. Donate blood
More than 500 injured people are in need of blood donations of any type. Go to your local Red Cross or blood bank to donate.
2. Spread PLUR
Standing in solidarity, showing support, giving good vibes and treating people with peace, love, unity and respect, is an easy way to help victims of the tragedy.
3. Check out the GoFundMe page HERE
The page has a goal of $3.5M and in only seventeen hours, the goal is about 75% reached. The page was set up by Steve Sisolak, the Clark County Commission Chair from Vegas. Funds will be used to support the victims and families.
4. Don't spread false news
This is a huge one. There's tons of false rumors floating around on the Internet. Fact check before you share something, don't spread terror.
5. Share information
The city of Las Vegas posted an official tweet HERE with official phone numbers and addresses to reunification centers for those looking for their families and friends.