More than 30 Avicii fans rushed to hospital during Boston gig

Alcohol and drug use are thought to have caused revellers to fall ill

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Thirty six people were taken to hospital and 50 others treated at the scene after falling ill at an Avicii concert in Boston.

No one appeared to have life-threatening injuries, Boston EMS Deputy Superintendent Mike Bosse told the Associated Press, blaming alcohol and drug use for the problems at the Wednesday night show at the TD Garden.

All of those transported and treated appeared to be aged between 16 and 25 years old, he said.

Some concert-goers blamed oppressive heat inside the arena.

Bosse said he contacted the Boston Police Licensing Division, which cited the TD Garden for allowing lots of intoxicated concertgoers to enter.

Jacqueline Peterson, a spokeswoman for concert promoter Live Nation, said early reports indicate that a majority of those taken to the hospital “were people outside the venue who were too impaired to be allowed inside” for the concert. They were taken for medical evaluation and assistance as a precaution, she said in a statement early Thursday.

Swedish disc jockey Avicii, whose real name is Tim Bergling, called the medical issues “awful news” on his Twitter account.

 

Two people died over the weekend at a Las Vegas music festival also attended by Avicii. Authorities said on Monday that it will take several weeks to determine what caused the deaths at the Electric Daisy Carnival fans.

Police said nearly 800 people were treated for medical conditions and 25 were hospitalized during the three-night electronic music festival, which organizers said drew about 400,000 people at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Festival organizers told police that 134,000 fans attended Friday, Saturday and Sunday night shows featuring pulsing lights, Ferris wheels, seven stages of music and DJs including Avicii, Diplo, Afrojack and Tiesto.

Additional reporting by Associated Press

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