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Music Festivals and Drugs

Music Festivals and Drugs

Music festivals and drugs are a common match that has been often highlighted in various movies and TV shows.

Taking and buying drugs at festivals has become part of the experience for many partygoers. While they feel euphoric and energized while using effects, they’re inevitably poisoning their bodies. These drugs tend to speed up the person’s heart rate, increasing their chances of a heart attack or heart failure. Every year, millions of people compromise their health for a few days of partying.

At Banyan Palm Springs, we usually recommend a residential detox as the first step of treatment to flush the toxins out of the system and begin physical recovery. One of the most difficult aspects of addiction is a physical tolerance and dependency that the person develops. This makes it difficult to stop using even if they want to. A detox can make physical recovery smoother.

The Most Popular Music Festivals

Within the past decade, music festivals have tremendously increased in popularity. Millions of people attend these festivals every year, with many of them willing to travel thousands of miles for the experience. These events are often done outdoors and include various performances from different music artists. Many attendees enjoy camping out and waiting for the festivities of the following day to begin. As of recently, electronic dance music (EDM) festivals are among the most popular. These types of events differ from rock and hip-hop festivals and concerts because they focus on rave dance parties and electronic music. Drugs are taken mostly to enhance the user’s experience.

Some of the most popular music festivals include:1

  • IHeartRadio
  • Tomorrowland
  • Lollapalooza
  • South by Southwest
  • Coachella
  • Pitchfork
  • Warped Tour
  • Electric Daisy Carnival
  • Bonnaroo
  • Electric Zoo

These events are held all over the globe, with millions filling up the crowds every year. While these events offer a unique experience, many use it as an opportunity to experiment with potentially harmful and deadly substances.

Common Festival Drugs

As a drug and alcohol rehab center in California, we know that people at music festivals and clubs may easily be more susceptible to substances and are more likely to try something they normally wouldn’t. The relationship between music festivals and drugs can be tied back to early music festivals like Woodstock. Since then, and probably even before, drug abuse at music festivals has become a common aspect of the experience. Unfortunately, many individuals have suffered overdoses and deaths related to music festival drugs.

Some of the most common drugs used at festivals include:

  • Cocaine
  • LSD
  • Hallucinogens
  • Opioids
  • Adderall
  • MDMA (Ecstasy)
  • Amphetamine
  • Methamphetamine
  • Ketamine
  • Benzos
  • Synthetic marijuana

In some cases, certain festivals are associated with a particular type of substance. For example, Burning Man is linked to mushrooms and LSD, while Coachella attendees are more likely to use cocaine. Using these drugs once could have adverse effects, but many attendees continuously take them throughout the day to sustain their symptoms. While some may think they can experiment with drugs for the weekend and then go home, they don’t realize that an addiction can be easily developed. Eventually, these individuals may require addiction treatment to recover.

At Banyan Treatment Centers Palm Springs, we understand how easy it is to get caught up in the moment and behave in ways you normally wouldn’t. However, you can have fun while sober and avoid health repercussions in the future. If you or someone you know is battling with addiction, call us now at 888-280-4763 to learn how we can help you.


  1. Event Brite- Music Festival Study
Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa is the National Director of Digital Marketing and is responsible for a multitude of integrated campaigns and events in the behavioral health and addictions field. All articles have been written by Alyssa and medically reviewed by our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Darrin Mangiacarne.
Music Festivals and Drugs
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