Sunset Music Festival 2017 By The Numbers: Zero people died, but 49 went to the hospital

Trust restored after tumultuous 2016

As we pointed out yesterday, Sunset Music Festival happened over the weekend — and nobody died.

That’s great considering the two MDMA-related deaths in 2016. The non-fatalities can probably be credited to increased security measures and Sunset’s “zero-tolerance policy” when it comes to drugs.

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Still, all eyes have been on the festival — which got a little verbal slap on the wrist from Mayor Bob Buckhorn last year — since Tampa Sports Authority board members unanimously voted to retain the event last September. The Tampa Bay Times’ Paul Guzzo put together a pair of nice reports over the weekend, and we lined up some numbers to share.

Have a look below, and read our review of the festival here.

39,022 — Total attendance according to Tampa Police (19,149 on Saturday, 19,873 on Sunday)

49 — Total number of people taken to Bay area hospitals over the weekend (eight fewer than 2016’s total)

47 — Ejections (32 on Saturday, 15 on Sunday)

46 — Total number of arrests (13 more than 2016)

32 — The number of Sunset Music Festival concertgoers taken to local hospitals on Saturday alone

30 — Felony arrests total (10 on Saturday, 20 on Sunday)

27 — The total number of those people taken to St. Joseph’s hospital, less than a mile away, over the course of the weekend

16 — Misdemeanor arrests total (11 on Saturday, five on Sunday)

0 — The total number of people who died after Sunset Music Festival 2017 (that’s two less than 2016)

About The Author

Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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