Fans were mostly suffering from drug and alcohol problems at the Swedish DJ’s Boston performance
Nearly 100 people were stricken with medical issues at a concert by Swedish DJ Avicii at the TD Garden arena in Boston Wednesday night. It was the opening night of Avicii’s tour in the Eastern United States and Europe.
More than 50 people were treated in the arena, with another 36 transported to local hospitals, according to The Boston Globe. The Boston Police Department did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
With so many people needing hospital care, medical emergency services declared a Phase 2 MCI (mass casualty incident). Numerous ambulances and an EMS emergency trailer were on-site, along with the Boston PD, while the concert continued.
“We did tell them this has to end on time due to medical incidents,” Boston police Superintendent Chief William G. Gross told The Globe. He went on to add that drug and alcohol problems seem to be common at techno concerts. Concertgoers ranged in age from approximately 16-25 years old.
This is just the latest in a series of drug and alcohol-related events at EDM (electronic dance music) concerts in recent years. There were 29 people hospitalized in May at an Avicii concert in Toronto, according to CTV, for similar issues. In both cases, people on the scene suggested that there were young people who may not have been able to handle the alcohol and drugs in their systems.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.