Posted in music on August 4, 2010


The Vans Warped Tour hit Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone in Bonner Springs [August 2nd] with additional performances by artists like Taylor Momsen's The Pretty Reckless, Alkaline Trio, Andrew W.K. and Mike Posner.

But the all-day event ended in tragedy when it emerged one man had died after falling ill at the show.

The victim, Curtis Alan DeForest, a 26-year-old resident of Wichita, Kansas, was taken by ambulance to the Providence Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

A cause of death has yet to be established and a police investigation is now underway. [Toronto Sun]

In a statement on Twitter, Warped Tour organizers addressed speculation that 100 degree heat and a lack of readily available water may have led to dehydration...
"There is no confirmation this was due to dehydration, cardiac, other substances, etc. We do provide first aid to anyone who needs it. If this was due to dehydration, the tour is not responsible for water prices and we change venue rules to allow you to bring it in with you. What's happened today is an unforeseeable tragedy that shouldn't have happened. We are all upset and shocked and our hearts are heavy. Please remember to be responsible when you are at an event like this. At ANY possible sign of a problem, PLEASE contact a venue member."
As Punknews points out, Bridge9, one of the labels that had a booth at the Kansas stop, tweeted that day about the venue's excessive water prices (see above) (note: the $10 price is not confirmed. they may have been exaggerating to make a point). So far 1,236 people have signed a petition to reduce water prices at the Warped Tour.

The venue, Sandstone Amphitheater, also issued a statement that offered condolences and outlined their water policy. That's below...

Sandstone Amphitheater Statement

Curtis Alan DeForest, age 26 of Wichita, Kansas, a patron attending yesterday's Van's Warped Tour at the amphitheater was transported to Providence Medical Center where he later passed away. An investigation by the Bonner Springs Police Department and the Wyandotte County District Attorney's Office is ongoing. The cause of death has yet to be determined and the venue is working closely with authorities to aid in their investigation.

As is the standard practice at all shows that visit the Amphitheater, patrons were allowed to bring in their own bottles of water. Once inside, the permanent water refill locations that are throughout the venue were in operation for all patrons to access throughout the day. In preparation for the heat, additional measures were taken by the venue including the positioning of misting stations for fans, additional water refill stations as well as shade throughout the wooded venue.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Mr. DeForest.

The Van's Warped tour is a national traveling show making stops in over 40 cities throughout the US and Canada. It has been a staple of the Kansas City Music scene for years and has been hosted the last 8+ years at Sandstone.

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Comments (57)

Ok, $10 for a soda, $10 for a beer...whatever, price-gauging sucks! But $10 for a bottle of water???! That is just stealing and depriving a sweat-soaked, sun-drenched crowd one of the basic necesssities for living. Shame on you!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 3:14 PM

Woodstock '99 anyone?

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 3:16 PM

I just had the SAME thought, wow.

Posted by Dan K. | August 4, 2010 3:18 PM

@ 316

I was thinking the same thing. Water at that gong show was I think $6, and after three days of shelling out that kind of dough...the crowd rioted.

Posted by Funderburgh | August 4, 2010 3:22 PM

brings back failed woodstock memories. the wife and i were just commenting about how great it was of the williamsburg waterfront to sell 2 dollar waters at Primus, after $5 Dasani (coke water) at MSG tom petty (coke was $4). $10 is crazy. thanks williamsburg!!! also thanks for keeping the drunks off to the right

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 3:30 PM

that was one of the many things pitchfork fest did right--cheap water, or free to those who camped out in front of the stage.
between that and the 'plastic trash for prizes' initiative, they really won me over.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 3:31 PM

aren't you required to provide free tap water?

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 3:40 PM

I wholeheartedly agree with 3:31.

Pitchfork fest has it's problems (and admittedly, I haven't been to the last two), but at the very least, there's minor concessions like the water that lead you to believe that, while there may be some conflicts of interest/self-serving things done there, at least no one's life is being put in danger from corporate malfeasance and price gouging.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 3:41 PM

One of the reasons why I am glad APW stopped trying. They confiscated all water bottles at the gate (although the website said the opposite) and then had no water fountains in the location display on the map.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 3:44 PM

the waterfront pool parties REALLY need to allow bottled water inside.
Jelly's gonna get thoroughly sued sooner or later when something like this happens again.
its jus WATER you a**h***s

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 3:45 PM

Nothing punker than a petition.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 3:52 PM


or, vodka...I'd rock that.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 3:57 PM

What a crazy world we live in when people can charge money for water. I have that shit on tap at my house.

I highly suggest watching the movie FLOW - For Love of water

Posted by the mighty KC. | August 4, 2010 4:00 PM

man what is up with people. $10 for water. this is where the free market/small government argument breaks down. business does not act in the best interest of the people.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 4:03 PM

How about Yankee's stadium, they have fountains all over the place but none of them work (at least the last time I was there). Water is $5...

Posted by adam | August 4, 2010 4:07 PM

@ 3:52, there has been nothing about punk about the Warped tour in about a decade (excluding the fact that Bad Religion still plays it every other year).

They let you bring in water bottles at Warped, and then they have a water truck where you can fill up your bottle. However, that tends to run dry about halfway through the day.

Posted by GregBX | August 4, 2010 4:09 PM

The water was only $4 and it was free refills of filtered water all day and there was completely free water at water fountains around the venue.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 4:11 PM

In terms of taking care of the fans, every festival should be just like Pitchfork. They go above and beyond.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 4:24 PM

As much as I love taking a shit on the Warped Tour and all its attendees I have heard the $10 water price is an exaggeration and they were allowing attendees to bring in their own water.

Regardless $5/$6 for water is still bullshit. Gouging people on luxuries (i.e. beer) sucks but can be tolerated, how these assholes sleep at night charging high school kids $5 or $6 for WATER is beyond me.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 4:53 PM

A lack of water can really create a serious choking hazard when consuming hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 5:07 PM

$10 water back in '99 is really $14 water at todays value.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 5:10 PM

It seems pretty clear. Water is a necessity of life. If a venue prevents people from bringing in their own, then it better provide it free or risk being charged with "Criminal Negligence causing Death".

Once a few venue operators face life in prison, others will think about helping to keep their customers alive (or, at least, allow patrons to help keep themselves alive).

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 5:33 PM

$10 water is pretty crazy, but to be fair it was $5 all-you-can-eat hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 5:35 PM

I was at Warped Tour in Long Island this year. Water was $5 per bottle. I ended up going through 4 bottles of water throughout the day - that's $20 on water alone! I started feeling like crap 1/2 way through the event and decided some gatorade and good food would help. The most nutritious thing I could find was pizza. Everything else was fried chicken, french fries, fried oreos - all a recipe for disaster. Needless to say, it took me a week to recoup from the hazardous conditions - the sun really takes a toll on the body and, like at other festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo, Warped Tour needs to be prepared for it. Warped Tour does let you take in water, but only ONE unopened bottle which is hardly enough to get you through 1/2 the day.

Seriously Warped Tour, have some sympathy for your customers who are already paying $50 to stand in the heat.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 5:36 PM

Damn! Now, I'm hungry for Hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 5:37 PM

warped tour hasn't been good for 10 years, way too expensive for water though, absolutely

Posted by Slob | August 4, 2010 5:46 PM

you have the numbers you fucking retards, first you all bumrush the security and stomp their heads into a pile of slop....then you slaughter the vendors, jesus fucking christ? mankind is absolutely hopeless and we deserve the world of shit we live in.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 5:47 PM

the venue clearly states that it allows people to bring in water bottles and refill them for free. not sure what the big fuss is about.

Posted by JT | August 4, 2010 5:58 PM

Ever been to Sandstone? Shitty venue.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 6:24 PM

26 at Warped Tour? He must have died of old age!

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 7:10 PM

"pile of slop..." 547
now, I'M hungry for hummus

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 7:23 PM

5:58 - I was at Warped Tour too and they DO NOT allow you the refill.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 7:41 PM

Don't underestimate the importance of hats at daylong outdoor festivals, kids.

Posted by LKJ | August 4, 2010 8:08 PM

I was at this show. From the VIP bar to the concession stands to the pushcarts in the parking lot where most of the tour was: water was NOT $10. It was $4. I'm not saying there were a lot of shade or places to cool down, but that part is a fabrication.

Posted by mankvill | August 4, 2010 8:22 PM

These festivals should mirror the price point at Mamoun's Falafel stand on St. Marks Place...

Water $1.00
Side of Hummus $1.50
Hummus Sandwich $2.50
Hummus Plate $4.00

Now that would be a fair festival!

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 10:22 PM

anything above $1 for a 16oz bottle of water is a ripoff. Webster Hall charges $5! a security guard also gave me a hard time for filling up an empty one durring the Golgol/Dillinger show in December. clubs and festivals need to stop trying the rank in such a gross profit on an absolutely essential resource!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 12:33 AM

Taylor Momsen is the hot piece of jailbait ass on Gossip Girl, right?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 1:49 AM

Okay, I was there and what I want to know is: Where is the $10 a bottle coming from? There was FREE water ALL DAY LONG!!! There was SEVERAL spigots to get water from. There was free Monster energy drink all day long. There was water in the bathrooms. Security guards were giving us water. There were staff members from Sandstone literally hosing us down with hoses. Aaaannd then there's the misting stations that were set up as well. Oh, and the waterfalls too.

Oh, water was actually $4 dollars a bottle, Gatorade was $6.

Posted by Andale | August 5, 2010 3:06 AM


LOL. I usually frown on making fun of someone dying but that was fucking good.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 3:24 AM

And dont forget NYC and State have the best water in the country from the Catskills so thankfully enough people made their voices heard and they are not going to start exploration for "natural gas" which has been a disaster for Pennsylvania and elsewhere from the toxic mess left over from drilling and exploding rocks.

Just didnt care to talk about Warped.
Also nothing tastier than hot plastic and old water that probably isn't filtered with reverse ozmosis anyways.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 5:11 AM

I suppose it's not appropriate to mention underground Dan either is it?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 5:13 AM

$6 for gatorade is highway robbery, but $4 for a bottle of water is absolutely shamless.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 9:33 AM


Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 9:35 AM

yes more people need to know about the capitalist destruction going on in the catskills that will permanently destroy the NYC water supply! no media is talking about it.. spread the word.. NYC has the best drinking water in the country and we are in desperate risk with this situation.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 9:39 AM

the venue should have followed the Bridge 9 model and released the water in different colors and limited batches. kids wouldn't have had any problem paying $10 for that.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 9:59 AM

NYC has flouride added into it's water.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:24 AM

Ever seen bad British teeth? That's because they did NOT add flouride to the water.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:34 AM

If this was caused because bottled water was being sold for $10.00 and/or people were not allowed to bring in their own water, then there should be criminal charges brought against the event organizers. Seems that this is a byproduct of our post-911 security state -- nobody is allowed to bring anything, even bottled water, into a concert, sporting event, etc. at many venues. Odd how this seems to benefit the organizers who then sell the stuff at inflated prices.

Not to quibble too much, but some of you are suggesting that tap water is free. That is not so. If you think it is, then you are renters. Trust me, if you own a home, you have to pay the water bill and it just keeps going up up up every year.

Posted by Rocky Napoli | August 5, 2010 10:45 AM


Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:02 AM

What Rocky your water bill went up from $3.50 a month now to $4?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:46 AM

Comment 8/5 @ 9:59 am just made me laugh for about 10 minutes. Thanks!

Posted by Hank | August 5, 2010 2:18 PM

Water was $4, not $10. We were allowed to bring in our own water. We did.

Posted by Andale | August 5, 2010 7:53 PM

I find it interesting that some of you can sit behind your computers and make fun of a mans age and the fact that he was at a concert. How easy for you to forget that Alan's family and friends are reading these articles and comments. Alan happened to be my husbands best friend, I would never wish this kind of loss on anyone but some of you really make me hope that one day you feel even a smidge of the pain that his family is enduring... like his two children. Shame on you heartless jerks.

Posted by Brooke | August 5, 2010 11:15 PM

Brooke, I am sorry for what happened. People complain about something, and twist your tragedy into something that supports their complaint. For the complainers, if you are thirsty, and cannot afford water, go someplace like a lake. Dig a well, or collect rain water. This is not rocket science.

Posted by Bad enough already | August 6, 2010 6:31 AM

Water was 4-6 $ a bottle, outrageous, yes. BUT there was several places to get Free water. And several places with shade and other activity's involving water to cool off. It was hot as fuck that day, but there was ways to manage. unless you were too lazy to walk to get some water. or if someone drank too much free monster? energy drinks + heat = disaster in my opinion. But they defiantly could make cold bottled water cheaper. No reason to make kids pay 6 bucks a bottle. kinda selfish.

Posted by Love warped tour, not the heat that sad day... | May 20, 2011 4:44 PM

And i'm very very sorry for your loss. It still hurts to know someone passed just trying to enjoy a concert. I personally did not stay for the whole concert because of the heat. It was too much. and im from a town close to Wichita. and i honestly didn't care that i left early, waste of money or not. and then to hear that night on the news of what happened was shocking. r.i.p alan.

Posted by Love warped tour, not the heat that sad day... | May 20, 2011 4:49 PM

My name is Jennifer and Alan was my ex-husband and the father of our two beautiful children. I don't understand why people have been using him as an example of dehydration. I have printed off so many articles online of people saying he died due to lack of water. That was not the cause of his death. So please stop using the price of water and Alan's name in the same sentence. His death was very tragic for myself, Brooke, his children and all his family and friends.

Posted by Jennifer DeForest | January 20, 2012 12:07 PM

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