Avicii Concert Sends 36 Fans to Hospital with Drug & Alcohol Related Injuries
Electronic dance music is no stranger to injury, but not normally on such a large scale. An Avicii concert sent 36 people to the hospital after they were injured at Boston's TD Garden Wednesday night. Over 50 people were treated, mostly for injuries related to dehydration, alcohol and drug use, according to the Boston EMS. Those treated were primarily between the ages of 16 and 25, and many of those who weren't sent to the hospital were released to their parents.
Those who were admitted to the hospital due to injuries related to drug and alcohol use seem to have been intoxicated prior to the show. A spokesperson for LiveNation made a statement claiming that many of those sent to the hospital were outside the venue, since they were already too intoxicated to allow in. Although the venue had a one-beer limit, Michael Bosse, deputy superintendent for Boston EMS, said that many attendees had entered the show already intoxicated. Although there were no fatalities, so many people were admitted to hospitals that Boston had to declare a "Level 2 Mass Casualty" incident to prepare hospitals for the influx of patients.
The Swedish house music DJ weighed in on the incident this morning, sending his condolences to those who were injured and their families via Twitter.
Tim Caputo, a reporter for Boston station WHDH, has been tweeting about the incident. Caputo tweeted that 15 ambulances were lined up around the TD Garden, and quoted one worked who said there was "vomit everywhere."
This isn't the first time fans have been hospitalized at an Avicii concert. 29 concert goers were hospitalized during his concert in Toronto's Rogers Centre in May. But it's not just Avicii's concert that have seen incidents like this; dangerous levels of experimentation with drugs and alcohol plague the EDM community. This news comes just days after two men were declared dead at the Electric Daisy Festival in Las Vegas and two years after similar deaths occurred at the festival. Obviously, this reckless level of intoxication can't be blamed on the music but on the heavy partying culture some of its fans create — Caputo tweeted that the majority of fans he saw at the concert were either sober or more responsible.