News

Dozens hospitalized after Avicii show

Dozens hospitalized after Avicii show

AVICII: More than 30 people were taken to hospitals following injuries at Avicii's Boston show. Photo: Associated Press

Dozens of concertgoers were hospitalized following Swedish DJ Avicii’s gig in Boston, Massachusetts on Wednesday night.

The “Wake Me Up” hitmaker brought his True Tour to the TD Garden venue but his gig descended into chaos as audience members fell ill. A number of ambulances were called to the scene and around 50 revelers were treated by paramedics on site. Another 36 were taken to nearby hospitals, according to the Boston Globe.

Gig-goer Roisin Saratonion, 18, tells the newspaper, “It was just too crazy in there…. You get really hot in there and you just pass out. You couldn’t breathe. It was claustrophobic. People get dehydrated.”

Authorities believe many of the cases were caused by dehydration, while Boston Police Deputy Superintendent Mike Bosse suggests alcohol and drugs could have played a part, adding, “There may have been some illicit drug involved, but none have been identified.”

A spokesperson for the promoter behind the show says in a statement: “Based on early reports from the venue it appears the majority of the transports were people outside the venue who were too impaired to be allowed inside the venue and access to the concert. Out of an abundance of caution, they were transported for medical evaluation and assistance.”

Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, posted on Twitter:

A similar incident occurred at the DJ’s show at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada last month, when at least 29 revelers were taken to hospital for drug or alcohol-related illnesses, according to The Toronto Star newspaper.

Avicii’s gig on Wednesday marked the star’s return to the Boston stage after he was previously forced to postpone the concert and the rest of his U.S. tour dates originally slated for April, when he underwent an operation to remove his gallbladder and appendix.

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

Today in entertainment history: July 23

winehouse2

A look at the Hollywood headlines that went down in history.

in Entertainment

Stay Puft Marshmallow Man ruins your favorite movie

stay-puft

Again, the internet proved it's awesomeness with #AddAPuftRuinAMovie. These are some of our favorites!

in Music

Sam Smith’s inspiration? Unrequited love

samsmith

The chart-topping debut album, "In The Lonely Hour," is a reflection of a love that wasn't reciprocated.

in Entertainment

Countdown: Supporting characters that need their own movie

From left: Jon Gries (Uncle Rico), Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) and Aaron Ruell (Kip) in "Napoleon Dynamite," a comedy about a quirky teenager growing up in the remotes of Idaho, trying to understand his life.

Which of these supporting characters should have their own movies?

in Music

Nicki Minaj gets animated for children’s cartoon

nickiminaj

The rapper is guest starring in an upcoming episode of "Steven Universe."