Tragedy At Ultra Puts Music Fest In Jeopardy

Another music festival, another tragedy. After SXSW was plagued by multiple violent incidents this year, Miami's Ultra Music Festival met a similar fate when revelers crashed a gate, leaving a security guard with severe brain hemorrhaging and a broken leg.
Erica Mack is in stable yet critical condition after she was trampled by the hordes that stormed into the venue. "She was not strong enough to deal with a mob of people that actually pushed this fence down, pushing her backwards and the fence landing on top of her," Miami Fire Rescue Lt. Ignatius Carroll told the Miami Herald. The paper reports that police had requested that the fence be reinforced earlier in the day, but festival organizers did not comply.
Contemporary Services Corporation, the company that employs the 28-year-old Mack, released a statement in regards to the incident. "We are deeply saddened by the tragic events that occurred this weekend at Ultra Music Festival," the security company wrote. "We will continue to keep Erica Mack and her loved ones in our thoughts and prayers as we closely monitor her condition." Ultra's organizers also expressed regret and condolences via a statement, but that hasn't stopped the backlash against the electronic music festival from reaching new heights.
"What happened this weekend is an event that could have been avoided," said Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado, also to the Herald. "The organizers of Ultra did not follow the police directive to reinforce the fence, even though they knew that this year, and the year before, some kids have tried to over run the fences." Festival organizers have always had a contentious relationship with the city of Miami, and if it were up to the mayor, this would be the annual gathering's swan song. He didn't mince words on the subject, saying: "I think we should not have Ultra next year here." (SPIN)
Photo: via Ultra/Instagram.

More from Entertainment

There's a little more trouble brewing in Rob and Chyna's pre-wedding bliss. In a preview clip from this Sunday's episode of Rob & Chyna, it looks ...
No, She didn't sing, "The Stars Are Blind
After deciding to give Cinderella, Beauty and The Beast, The Jungle Book, and possibly Mulan the live action treatment, Disney has announced that yet ...
A few months ago, I found myself riveted by an appearance Melissa Harris-Perry made on Real Time With Bill Maher. Harris-Perry had recently left her show...
Mandy Moore's pop culture takeover is stretching beyond her new show This Is Us. On Tuesday's Watch What Happens Live!, a caller asked Moore about the ...
While millions of Americans were glued to the drama of the first presidential debate, Kim Kardashian was busy dealing with a bit of family drama. As E! ...
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is easily one of the most highly-anticipated movies of the year, but we still have just over a month before Newt ...
(Paid Content) When a movie like Disney's Queen of Katwe comes out, you know award season is upon us. The inspiring new film has all the makings of an ...
On the latest episode of This Is Us, we got to see Rebecca in the future as a grandmother — but she is still played by 32-year-old Mandy Moore. In the ...
Gigi Hadid is only 21, and she's already conquered the fashion world. The supermodel has runway shows and campaigns for nearly every major brand under ...
How to describe a Tim Burton movie? The writer, director, producer, and illustrator has been sharing his visions of love, children, fear, and beauty with ...
Shannen Doherty has been using her Instagram feed to share her struggles and triumphs as she continues her battle with cancer. Lately, she's been the ...
When I first started watching TV Land's Younger last summer, it was because I needed a quick, light show to binge-watch. I didn't have high expectations ...
Kate Hudson isn't just an actress. She's also actually a pretty great singer. On Tuesday's Tonight Show, she and Jimmy Fallon bonded over their mutual ...