At least 36 concert attendees have been hospitalized after attending last night’s Avicii concert in Boston’s TD Garden. At least 50 people were treated on site of the concert. Intoxication paired with dehydration is suspected to be the main cause of so much illness, though an official report has yet to be released.
“Fortunately no one was seriously injured.” Boston EMS deputy Superintendent Mike Bosse told the Boston Herald. “Mostly underage kids involved in alcohol and or some illicit drugs. This is a mass casualty incident that greatly impacts our resources, Boston police resources as well as area hospitals.” Bosse also reported that many of the victims arrived at the show already intoxicated and that the ages ranged from 16 to 25.
The ordeal was labeled a Phase 2 Mass Casualty incident by medical personnel on the site (at least 30 people need to be incapacitated for it to reach that level). Many of the ill concertgoers had to be carried out on a stretcher, though thankfully no deaths or serious injuries have been reported
Swedish DJ and remixer Avicii (Real name Tim Bergling) sent out a message from his Twitter last night expressing his concern for those sick. “Just hearing the awful news abt tonight. Its a terrible thing, I rly hope everyone is ok! My thoughts go to those affected & their families.”
This is the second time this week an Avicii concert has been the site of a health crisis. This past weekend the DJ performed at Las Vegas’s Electric Daisy Carnival where 800 people were treated for medical conditions while 25 were hospitalized over the course of the three day festival. Tragically, two of the hospitalized people died from currently unknown causes. Authorities have stated it will take a few weeks to determine the cause of death, though this most recent incident may shed some light on their investigation.
The 24-year old DJ has grown immensely popular in the last few years due to his appealing dance music, including the recent mega-hit “Wake Me Up” featuring Aloe Blacc.
Avicii’s next concerts will take place tomorrow at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville Connecticut before traveling the next day to the Barclays Center in New York. For anyone attending be sure to stay hydrated and watch your alcohol consumption.