At least 50 people were placed in police custody following the latest Keith Urban concert just outside of Boston, Massachusetts this past weekend where fans were later hospitalized. According to officials, some of those detained could be facing charges. The incident was a result of an effort to determine what happened at the concert that sent several people to area hospitals and caused even more to be treated at the scene. Medical personnel gave treatment to 46 concertgoers. Twenty-two of those treated were then transported to hospitals for additional care.
The concert was held Saturday night at the Xfinity Center, located in Mansfield just south of Boston. Keith Urban posted a video to YouTube, thanking the concert attendees for their high energy and calling the night “nutso.” It appears that this video was recorded and uploaded before the singer was made aware of the hospitalizations, as he made no mention of it in the video itself.
Urban is just the latest performer whose Boston area concert ended with fans needing to be hospitalized. Last month Boston’s TD Garden was the backdrop of another large scale medical event. 36 people were hospitalized following an Avicii performance. The event was deemed a Level 2 Mass Casualty Incident, which is standard procedure whenever more than 30 people are involved. Thankfully, no one died. Reports state that those hospitalized ranged in age from 16 to 25. Attendees indicated seeing a lot of alcohol and drug usage. TD Garden said via a spokesperson’s statement that some of the “affected guests” were recognized before they entered the arena and were “immediately” treated there on site. This type of episode is not exclusive to the Boston area. The police report states that “Concerts by Avicii have had a history, nationwide, of incidents requiring medical treatment for intoxicated young patrons.” Two weeks prior to the Avicii concert in Boston two people died at the Electric Daisy Carnival festival event in Las Vegas. The three day festival required almost 800 people to be treated. The cause of the two fatalities had not yet been determined by the time of the Avicii concert in Boston.
Boston is no stranger to high-profile stories of concert tragedy. The Keith Urban show is the latest concert in the Boston area with hospitalized fans, and thankfully none of them died. Last year, one young fan was not as fortunate. Three concertgoers, two female and one male, required transport to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center following a Zedd concert at the House of Blues in Boston in August of 2013. Brittany Flannigan, a 19 year old student from Plymouth State University, died from an overdose of the drug Molly. Zedd was scheduled for another show in Boston on the following night but cancelled that show out of respect for those affected by the tragic loss. The Boston Herald reported that a nurse in the Emergency Room found two pink pills and a bag of powder inside the clothing of the other female taken to the hospital.
So while details about the latest incident of fans being hospitalized are still being investigated following the Keith Urban concert in Boston, it is clear that safety should be a major concern. Performers, venues, first responders and concert attendees should all make safety the main concern of concert experiences.
By Alicia Brownell