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UMass cancels 2 shows  due to drug concerns

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.

AMHERST — The drug Molly continues to cast a dark shadow over electronic dance music concerts at the Mullins Center, with University of Massachusetts officials announcing this week 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.

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