Sunset Music Festival Sees Rise in Hospitalizations, Arrests Made
Tampa’s Sunset Music Festival brought the likes of Major Lazer, RL Grime, Above & Beyond, and Zeds Dead as headliners to the Memorial Day Weekend event at the Raymond James Stadium this weekend. Boasting a fine lineup, the festival attracted 50,000+ attendees, its hospitalization and arrest counts noticeably higher than its 2016 edition.
While Miami mainstay, Ultra Music Festival, witnessed a dramatic drop in hospitalizations and criminal arrests this year, SMF would see 32 attendees transported to local hospitals just on Saturday. 65 other attendees received on site treatment at the festival for non-life threatening situations, i.e. dehydration. The festival’s numbers exceedingly high for the festival’s first day, authorities have yet to receive and release the number of people hospitalized on the festival’s second and final day on Sunday, May 28th.
Tampa Police Department Public Information Officer, Stephen Hegarty, noted that felony and misdemeanor arrests were also up from the previous year, with 13 more arrests made in 2017 than in 2016. There were 30 felony arrests made, and 16 misdemeanor arrests. 47 other attendees were ejected from the festival, whereas five citations for marijuana possession were recorded.