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Two more techno concerts canceled at UMass Amherst over fears of club-drug, Molly

JOSH KUCKENS
UMass students line up outside the Mullins Center Thursday night for a Dada Life concert in December 2012. Concerns about a club-drug, molly, has caused UMass to nix planned techno concerts at the center.

JOSH KUCKENS UMass students line up outside the Mullins Center Thursday night for a Dada Life concert in December 2012. Concerns about a club-drug, molly, has caused UMass to nix planned techno concerts at the center. Purchase photo reprints »

AMHERST — The drug Molly continues to cast a dark shadow over electronic dance music concerts at the Mullins Center, with University of Massachusetts Amherst officials announcing Thursday the cancellation of two more shows next month.

An Oct. 4 show by English dance musicians Above & Beyond and an Oct. 30 show by electric dance music artist Pretty Lights will not go on as planned because of concerns surrounding Molly, a potent form of Ecstasy popular among electronic dance concert-goers.

The decision comes after the university’s cancellation of a Sept. 21 concert by Return to Fantazia after seven deaths were linked to Molly used by concert-goers in Boston and New York. Since then, other electronic dance music performances in New England have been shut down or canceled due to drug-related concerns.

UMass officials said in a statement that the “Molly-taking culture” at these shows is exceedingly dangerous to the health and safety of people who attend.

“In fact, we have grown even more concerned about ongoing reports of overdoses at such events,” Enku Gelaye, interim vice chancellor for student affairs and campus life, said in a Thursday email to students. Molly is an illegal stimulant and is believed to be a purer form of Ecstasy, known chemically as MDMA, and its users are unaware that it also may contain other illegal narcotics.

The drug is not limited to techno concerts, which is why Gelaye emailed students that the campus is taking steps to warn students about the dangers associated with Molly and other drugs. She said that while students should be responsible for their own actions, university administrators and student leaders also are responsible for creating a safe and positive environment.

“That is ongoing work and critical to building a community of caring and active engagement,” Gelaye said.

Refunds for tickets to the Above & Beyond and Pretty Lights shows are available at the point of purchase.

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