Three fatalities and close to 100 hospitalizations follow two Canadian festivals
There have been a reported 3 fatalities and close to 100 hospitalizations following two Canadian festivals over last weekend (August 2nd – 4th). In Toronto, at Veld Music Festival, a 20-year old woman and a 22-year old woman died after ingesting ‘party drugs’; at Boonstock Music Festival held in Pentincton, BC a 24-year old woman died and 80 people were shuttled to a hospital after experiencing negative effects from drugs, alcohol, and dehydration. Veld took place on Saturday and Sunday at Downsview Park and featured headliners such as Calvin Harris and Armin Van Buuren. Boonstock also featured Armin Van Buuren and included Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, City and Colour and many more.
A statement from Boonstock was released on Facebook and read:
“Late last night, we learned that one of our guests at the Boonstock Music Festival became distressed while dancing at one of our stages. Despite the best efforts of medical professionals, she tragically passed away at the Penticton Regional Hospital. We are deeply saddened by this news and we know that our communities will band together and keep her and her loved ones in our thoughts.
“The culture of a music festival is one that provides a place where everyone belongs, is welcomed and watches out for one another. We would like to acknowledge our security team and guests who were quick to find help and assist emergency responders. Lastly, and most important, we send our condolences to the loved ones of this young woman. We are deeply saddened by this news and send our thoughts and prayers.”
Via: Billboard Biz