As most of you are already aware, October began with a tragedy– an attack on the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas. To recount the facts of the tragedy at this point, I personally believe would do more harm than good– as it was the most deadly mass shooting in the USA to date, most people even globally have caught wind of what occurred. As a music-based publication, especially as one based in the US, we here at Babetalk thought it would be best to put out an official statement as we extend our deepest sympathies to the victims and our readers. Read our statements below.
“It’s disheartening whenever I hear about an attack based in a concert-going experience. From the tragic Paris attack in 2015, to the bombing at Ariana Grande’s Manchester show earlier this year, it’s never easy to digest the news. Of course, tragedy at any level is gut-wrenching, but as a music lover… witnessing an attack on a communal space meant to be a place of pure bliss… it hurts in a different way. We use music as catharsis and concerts as an escape; post concert depression is about coming down from the immense highs of being at a show, NOT leaving a venue where a tragedy occurred. Music should never have to be associated with tragedy, and further, we should never have to worry about death or injury when attending a show. We shouldn’t have to live our lives fearing an attack at our homes, our work, our school, or our places of pleasure. Now is the time to work as a community, to grow and rebuild, and as a country it’s more than past time for change. We need more than ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ to help prevent such an event from happening again, and in 2017 we have enough to fear that going to concerts shouldn’t be one of them. We are strong, we are resilient, and we will make it through this.”
—Rae Lemeshow-Barooshian, Main Editor and Producer
“News of mass shoots never get easy to hear – and when they affect our Music Community, it hurts deeper. Music has [and always will be] an escape. Music brings people together, and tonight [and forever] we will stand together and not let hate and fear ruin or hinder our community. Concerts and Festivals should always be a safe space for all in attendance; and we will not let an act of evil destroy what we’ve built up over the decades. This will not break us. We are a Community. We are a Family. Protect each other, look out for each other, be kind to one another.”
— Sammy Odice, Photo Editor
“It was after coming back from a music event myself, when I first heard the shocking news on the massacre in Las Vegas, and that rattled me to the core. Whether you are an avid concertgoer or not, the news is sobering. It was hard to take it in and swallow, almost like a lump in the throat and a sinking stone in the stomach. Events like such make you feel powerless and unfortunately, they are beginning to seem more common. The evening news almost seems to be incomplete without such an event. But please do not let the media desensitize you. Get angry, stay angry, grieve, and demanding change. This is an issue that cannot continue to be overlooked; the numbers keep rising and that is nerve-racking. Concerts should be safe spaces and nothing less. They are supposed to be places where people’s dreams come true, where friends and memories are made and where just for a few hours, concertgoers can leave their problems at the door.
What is important to note though, is the power of the music industry and how well it comes together. There has been tremendous support and outreach from various branches of the industry and artist themselves. The networking and organization is often undermined, but comes to light in tragedies like this. Honestly, I don’t know where I’d be without concerts and being a part of the music industry. I hope from this point forward, we can continue to offer each other a shoulder to lean on for those grieving and healing, as well as extending a helping hand to help others get back onto their feet.”
—Emmely Pavila, Photographer
“As a person who goes to a lot of concerts, when we all get in that venue, no matter what your race, religion, or sexual preference, we’re all there to escape the bullshit and drama that is going on in our lives [or the world]. We use music as an escape and we become a family, looking out for one another while in the venue; we treat it like a mosh pit– if one person falls you pick them up and that what music is all about. Music is there to pick us up when we fall so when a tragic event like this happens for who knows what reason it is scary for everyone, but I have faith that the music community will never fall because of some asshole; the music community always will come out even more united.”
—James Kactus, Photographer
“It is a sad reality we as Americans are not safe at the movies, schools, churches, and now music concerts. Just five months after the tragic Manchester attack we now have an even deadlier attack happening here in the U.S.. It is extremely terrifying and disheartening to know that something like this is beginning to happen so often, especially at a place that is meant to be about fun and the enjoyment of music. In these troubling times we can only have faith that a solution will arise and we no longer have massacres like this occurring. We hope that everyone will be able to persevere and fight through the fear that this tragedy may bring, because music is an art that is supposed to be about healing and joy, not chaos and destruction.”
— Selena Cintron, Writer
Last modified: October 4, 2017