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A mixture of loud music, copious drugs, free-flowing beer, crowded campgrounds, and weather exposure are all synonymous with music festivals... and can easily be fuel for disastrous events. From the Woodstock Festival happenings of '99 (sexual assaults, arson, and trucks being driven through crowds are just some of the craziness reported), to a literal river of sh*t flowing through campgrounds, and a fatal stabbing at the Altamont Festival that happened 20 feet from Mick Jagger, this list is full of music festivals stories that recount the most awful happenings and true horror stories that have occurred at music festivals over the past 50 years.

Music festivals deaths, stage collapses, drug trips that have gone wrong, and stampedes are just some of the things to watch out for when you're attending a music festival - throughout the last five decade, some truly bad things have happened while people were gathered together and jamming to their favorite bands.

Fyre Festival Was A Complete Bust - Despite Having A $12,000 Price Tag


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Fyre Festival, put on by rapper Ja Rule and millionaire Billy McFarland, was supposed to be this amazing VIP experience for the mega wealthy. The cheapest ticket to the festival cost $1,200, but complete VIP packages could cost up to $12,000. It promised to be the best of the best - amazing food, great accommodations on a private island in the Bahamas, and a pretty great line-up of musical artists.

Except none of that happened. When guests arrived, they found make-shift tents, definitely non-gourmet food, and mass confusion. People spent days trying to get off the island, and one man even sued the pair for $100 million

A Guy Stole More Than 100 Phones At Coachella 2017


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A man was arrested at the the 2017 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival after he stole more than 100 smartphones from people on the first day of the festival. Reinaldo De Jesus Henao, 36, faces grand theft and possession of stolen property charges.

Police said Henao was caught after several concertgoers used the Find my iPhone app. A few people followed Henao until he was arrested by the Indio Police Department. When he was detained, authorities found more than 100 phones in his backpack. They turned over the phones to lost and found. 

A Man Left His Dog in a Hot Car in the Vans Warped Tour Parking Lot


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In 2014, Edwin Harrington Jr. left his Boston terrier/bulldog mix in his car in the Xfinity Center parking lot during the Vans Warped Tour. The interior of the car was reported to have reached a temperature of 130 degrees. The dog suffered a heat stroke and shock, and wasn’t even able to walk once finally rescued. The man later faced animal cruelty charges, being held on a bail of $1,000.

Woodstock '99 Saw a Truck Drive Through an Audience, Arson, and Sexual Assault


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To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original 1969 Woodstock festival, Woodstock '99 was born. As the festival progressed, the crowds turned violent, multiple fires were set to vendors' booths, stages were torn apart and vandalized, and sexual assault reports were rampant. In other words, way to honor the original festival which celebrated peace and love.