Music | Tragedy at fast-growing festival provokes public soul-searching and questions for other American mega-festivals. Are some becoming victims of their success?
by Warren Cole Smith
Posted 4/18/14, 01:00 am
AUSTIN, Texas—Festival-goers at March’s South By Southwest have been asking if the music, film, and interactive festival has gotten too big for its designer cowboy boots. During this year’s festival, when drunk driver Rashad Charjuan Owens crashed through police barricades, killing four festival-goers and injuring 21 more, the question took on greater urgency.