Mad Sickness Calls For Thorough Investigation At The Mad Tea Party Jam
Show-goers, musicians and staff of Four Quarters Interfaith Sanctuary become sick during Mad Tea Party Jam music festival.
On June 15th-18th, various artists such as Papadosio, Litz, Chalk Dinosaur, Voodoo Circuit and many more came together to perform at the Mad Tea Party Jam. Papadosio, a headlining group, unfortunately had to cancel their final set as three of the groups members were amongst many of those who fell remarkably ill.
There are many views circulating as to how the sickness started, but it unfortunately affected many attendees.
While the direct cause has yet to be discovered, food and cleanliness of the grounds have been taken into consideration.
While Mad Tea is taking the spotlight in recent events, this isn’t the first time sickness has occurred at 4Q. The previous weekend, attendees of a Wicker Man Burn festival dealt with the same symptomss. Mad Tea should not be blamed. If the festival were to have taken place at a different venue, this would not have been an issue.
A statement released by 4Q gave some insight as to what has been happening at the venue.
“To our visitors and friends,
Recently we have suffered at Four Quarters outbreaks of a very contagious GI illness that is following the pattern of the 2008 season outbreaks. We have been in contact with our public health officials about viral GI prior to the outbreak at the Mad Tea Party and have been in continuous contact since Sunday morning. June 18th. We have been forwarding contact information, hospital information, test reports and samples directly to the PA Epidemiological Dept. and will be meeting with them on site shortly.
We have confirmed with some public health officials that this is a “hot” season for Viral GI with outbreaks emerging. It is our own opinion that we are experiencing a very contagious variant this season with one day incubation times, less than 24 hour mean duration and highly transmissibility through surfaces”.
To view the statement in its entirety, view this link to the statement issued by Four Quarters.
While the sickness during Mad Tea Party was a highlight of discussion, that is not all that was experienced.
People from all over came together as one to see the artists we follow on a daily basis perform. The feelings involved in going to a festival such as Mad Tea Party can’t be described unless you experience it. An attendee, Alejandro Beach was fortunate enough to not be impacted by the sickness.
He shared his experience with me.
“I honestly had an amazing time there, despite all of the drawbacks. I thought it was a beautifully put together event just like last years…. I’m sure it wasn’t an easy one with the rain, and that sickness that was going around, but most of them were just fine and had a great time.
“Speaking of whatever that sickness was, I have no idea how I didn’t get sick. I was just getting over a cold that I picked up the previous weekend at disc jam, I was running around in the rain with no shoes or shirt on, sharing water out of my camelback that I got from the spigots on lot, and ate the same food as staff, bands and volunteers. At this point, all we can really do is speculate on the root cause or causes of it, but it’s just really sad to me that such an awesome festival is getting bad publicity as a result of four quarters farm refusal to acknowledge that they have a serious health issue on their land that is reoccurring.
A band member who will remain anonymous who fell ill also shared their perspective with me.
“I have a theory on what happened, and others are thinking along the same lines; That a septic tank overloaded and flooded underground. The first night there was a crazy storm that flooded our campsite. I believe the flooding brought some of that septic leak up to the surface.
“All my friends who slept in hammocks did not get sick. But those who stayed in tents did. I believe the ground had septic filth spread out all over due to the flooding, and those who were more exposed to it got sick. But my girlfriend who shared a tent with me only got a little sick, not nearly as bad as me. It seemed like it was really random as to who got sick.”
“Some say Four Quarters Farm is cursed due to the pagan rituals that occur there. Interesting thought. I felt some weird vibes through the weekend, perhaps due to the LSD. But even sober friends agreed there was some kind of strange static energy in the air, especially after Papadosio cancelled their final set. From my research on Facebook, it seems the 4QF employees have been lying and show no remorse; in fact they have been blaming the “dirty hippies” for not being healthy or clean enough.
“I would not blame Mad Tea Party whatsoever for what happened, they have been very helpful and have addressed the issue immediately, while 4QF have not shown the same level of concern for the festival goers. One thing for sure is that Mad Tea certainly was a strange trip down the rabbit hole. I hope they relocate because I will never return to 4QS”.
By no means should Mad Tea be perceived in any judgmental way.
These sicknesses at 4Q need to be thoroughly investigated in order to maintain a safe environment. Mad Tea just happened to be held at the wrong place at the wrong time. I hope those who have fallen ill recover quickly. Mad Tea deserves to positively and spiritually change peoples lives for years to come.