Security Complaints At Baltimore Event

Baltimore officials are investigating complaints from Moonrise Festival attendees alleging security personnel extorted money, were abusive and neglectful during the Aug. 6-7 event. 

The event at Pimlico Race Course featured acts including Bassnectar, The Chainsmokers, Flosstradamus, Gramatik, and STS9 among others. Magnetic Magazine and the festival’s Facebook page had various claims from attendees of alleged extortion, theft, negligence and harassment on the part of security guards hired for the event.

One attendee claimed that two security guards threatened to cut off his wristband if he didn’t pay them $20. There were multiple accounts of similar experiences, some paying as much as $50. There were also reports that security personnel were allegedly invasive when checking people for contraband, the magazine said. Moonrise organizers posted a statement on Facebook letting festivalgoers know the complaints aren’t falling on deaf ears.

“We are aware of the reports coming in about members of specific security teams on site acting in an unprofessional manner that would be considered unfair to our patrons and unfair to the event. We are taking these reports very seriously,” the statement said. “We have already begun an investigation with the management running each of the security teams on site. We will be addressing these issues as a whole internally and on a personal, case-by-case basis with our fans.”