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Avicii comes to Barclays Center as heavy security is expected

Despite controversey fans still attend Avicii shows and EDM concerts.
Despite controversey fans still attend Avicii shows and EDM concerts.
Photo by Christopher Polk

Swedish deejay Tim Bergling, better known as Avicii will perform at Barclays Center tonight, after more than 50 concertgoers required medical attention during his show at TD Garden in Boston, Wednesday night.

According to the Boston Globe, 36 people were transported to a Boston hospital earlier this week. Avicii’s concert admitted all ages and the people who were hospitalized ranged from ages 16 through 25, police say. They also blame the drug molly and other substances that caused the chaotic night.

In a statement released by the Barclays Center, “Guests must be 18 years old or over and provide valid ID or they will be denied entry; extensive security screenings are conducted at all entrances including full body pat downs and drug screening dogs."

In support of his 2013 album, True, Avicii plans to wrap up his North American tour with stops in Brooklyn, Virginia and Las Vegas.

The “Wake Me Up,” deejay tweeted his disbelief of the incident, “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.”

Drug related incidents are nothing new at electronic concerts as more partygoers overindulge in ecstasy or MDNA to kick start a night without precaution. Common factors include dehydration and claustrophobia due to extreme heat or lack of water consumption. Overcrowding can lead to altercations and injuries, hence the high amount of hospitalizations and arrests.

Three people died after attending the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas last weekend where Avicii, Tïesto, and Afrojack made appearances. The cause of death is not yet determined as authorities wait for toxicology reports.

Last month, at Avicii’s sold out concert at Roger’s Centre in Toronto, more than two-dozen people were hospitalized for drug – alcohol problems and paramedics said that people were intoxicated before he came on stage.

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