Volunteer Worker Dies at Electric Forest Festival

By Scott T. Sterling

Large-scale EDM events continue having really rough month with the news that a 20-year-old volunteer worker at this year’s Electric Forest festival in Rothbury, Mich., has died.

According to MLive, Brian Alan Brockette was volunteering at an outside vendor when he was stricken with a medical emergency just after 11 p.m. on the final night of the four-day festival (June 29).

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Electric Forest organizers released the following statement regarding the incident:

“On Sunday night, the festival’s health and safety team was alerted to a medical emergency involving an outside vendor’s volunteer. Event medical personnel responded along side Michigan State Police troopers. The man was then transported to a local hospital. We later learned that, unfortunately, he passed away. This festival was created to celebrate life and to enjoy music in a magical setting. This has deeply affected everyone involved with the event. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family and friends.”

Brockette’s cause of death is still unknown and pending autopsy results from the Oceana County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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This was the fourth annual edition of the Electric Forest event, which grew out of what was the Rothbury Music Festival, which launched in 2008. It returned in 2009, but went on hiatus after that year, returning in 2011 as Electric Forest.

This year’s genre-spanning and eclectic lineup included appearances from The String Cheese Incident, Zedd, Schoolboy Q and Matt & Kim.

This latest fatality follows two deaths linked to this year’s Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, and scores of medical emergencies at a recent Avicii show in Boston that resulted in dozens of attendees having to be hospitalized.


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