Mar Del Plata, Argentina’s largest beach resort destination, has become the second city in the South American country to ban electronic music events.
Mayor Carlos Arroyo installed the ban earlier this week due to perceived public health issues related to recreational drugs, according to reports from El MarPlatense.
The ban in Mar Del Plata comes after the death of a 20-year-old female from drug-related causes following a New Year’s party in Arroyo Seco, Argentina.
The ban has been met with criticism by many, including local politicians and promoters, with many events like those upcoming from Nina Kraviz and Solomun left up in the air.
Reacting to the news, councillor Marcos Gutiérrez said, “Rather than worry about banning, you should be concerned about more active state involvement. We must prevent actions that are negative for the population as a whole.”
A Whatsapp group has reportedly been set up for concerned local residents to call in complaints about electronic music events.
A Kraftwerk show in Buenos Aires in November faced cancellation due to the ban on electronic music festivals there, before a court ruled that the German act could play.
The ban in Buenos Aires stemmed from the death of six people at Time Warp festival there, which also left four others in hospital.
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