Two concertgoers died this weekend at the three-day Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennessee, according to the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department.
Twenty-year-old Brandon Taylor of Lowell, Michigan, died Friday, and 22-year-old Amber Stevens of Flatwoods, Kentucky, died late Friday or early Saturday, according to a sheriff’s department spokesperson.
“On Friday morning our medical personnel were called to help with a guest who was attending with his parents,” said Rick Farman of promoters Superfly Productions. “Our medical team responded immediately, and within minutes he was transported by ambulance to the medical center in Manchester, where he was pronounced dead. … Because of an ongoing police investigation, that’s all I’m at liberty to say.”
The causes of both deaths have not yet been determined, and toxicology reports are pending, the sheriff’s department spokesperson said.
“We have extensive medical personnel on site,” Farman said. “In fact, the numbers of our medical personnel far exceeds the requirements of the Tennessee mass-gathering code by a large amount. The people running our medical operation here are people that handle large events all over the country — NASCAR, football games and large events like that — so we really have an extremely experienced medical staff on hand. In both situations we were satisfied with the response of our medical team.”
This year’s festival, held on a 700-acre farm 60 miles south of Nashville, featured Bob Dylan, the Dead, Dave Matthews & Friends, Wilco, Maroon 5, Ani DiFranco and My Morning Jacket, among others. The sold-out concert attracted 90,000 fans, up 10,000 from last year.
These were the first deaths in the festival’s three-year history.