Kansas City Warped Tour fatality stirring up scandal

It is with great regret and a heavy heart that we report to you a young fan has passed away while attending the Kansas City leg of the 2010 Warped Tour. The official cause of death is still unknown, however there are rumors of dehydration leading to the incident. Many Warped Tour festivals take place outside, where fans endure midday summer heat to see their favorite acts. I’ve noticed first-hand that many venues exploit this situation by gauging prices on anything from a damn band schedule, to a sandwich or bag of chips, to the necessary bottle of water.

Is $10 too much to charge for a bottle of water?

The festival grounds that hosted the Kansas City leg apparently didn’t think so. Bridge Nine Records confirmed that fans were being charged $10 for bottled water, while temperatures neared 100 F degrees. I understand, hydration is a personal responsibility, and that their are sinks with potable water in the restrooms, but when does the venue realize that their price-gauging is unnecessary and could be detrimental to festival attendees. How much money do they honestly think they can get from us before the show ends? It is absolutely appalling and unethical.

I have been to festivals in Europe where large containers of water are strategically placed throughout the grounds, providing FREE access to drinking water for all fans. Why can this not happen in the capitalist-driven US? Hopefully, this tragic, unnecessary death of a fan will open their eyes to what their greed is actually costing them.

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  • Bridge9 needs to get their facts straight. I was at the Bonner Springs Warped Tour and bought one bottle of water for $4.00 which I re-filled at one of 20 spigots that were running free at the bathrooms. Granted they were a walk away from most stages, but reporting false prices as “fact” and acting like there was no readily available water is irresponsible. There was a damn RIVER of water running down the sidewalk from the main stage to the VIP lounge.

    • Just to clarify, some kids told our guy on Warped that water was $10. Judging from the replies to various threads about this incident, it seems water might’ve been $4? Apologies for mis-information, our guy is behind a table all day so didn’t get to see the food and beverage prices with his own eyes, but was just relaying information he was told. This is a tragic situation regardless of the price of water and our thoughts and condolences go out to everyone involved.

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