Friday, 7 February 2014
100 plus treated at DJ Hardwell show
More than 100 young people were treated by paramedics for the effects of alcohol and, in some cases, drugs, during a sell out concert in Belfast featuring DJ Hardwell gig at the 15,000 capacity Odyssey Arena, The show was attended by five ambulances, was on Thursday 6th February and a charity worker who helped to treat people at the scene told the BBC it was "like a disaster zone". Today (Friday) the DJ Hardwell gig in Edinburgh has been cancelled when its licence was withdrawn in the wake of the Belfast incident. 3 of the 19 people who were hospitalised came from inside the Odyssey Arena. Police are investigating, and are to meet Odyssey management. They arrested three people and seized a small quantity of drugs outside the venue. Police said about 300 young people were refused entry to the venue because they were either underage or intoxicated and the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service declared the event a 'major incident' at 20.00. Seventeen people were taken to hospital. Three of them have since been discharged and the remaining 14 are in a stable condition.