Dozens of concertgoers were hospitalised following Swedish DJ Avicii's gig in Boston, Massachusetts on Wednesday night (25Jun14). 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 revellers 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 Live Nation, 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, writes in a post on Twitter.com, "Just hearing the awful news abt (about) tonight. It's a terrible thing, I rly (really) hope everyone is ok! My thoughts go to those affected & their families."
A similar incident occurred at the DJ's show at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada last month (May14), when at least 29 revellers 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 (14), when he underwent an operation to remove his gallbladder and appendix.
Swedish dance star Avicii has been named the most influential artist under the age of 25 in a new online poll.
The Wake Me Up hitmaker has beaten out Lorde and Miley Cyrus to land the title on music streaming service Spotify's inaugural Top 25 Under 25 list, a survey which factors in chart hits, volume and growth of streams and song shares. Spotify's trends expert Shannon Cook tells People.com, "At 24, Avicii has broken almost as many records as he's spun.
The Swedish DJ is Spotify's first artist under 25 to cross the one billion streams threshold, and his unforgettable breakout song 'Wake Me Up' is our most played track, with more than 240 million streams globally." Lorde placed second, just ahead of Cyrus at three, while One Direction and Taylor Swift rounded out the top five at four and five, respectively.
Other notable rankings include: Ariana Grande (7), Rita Ora (9), Justin Bieber (11) and Demi Lovato (16).
Swedish DJ Avicii has called off his planned U.S. tour after failing to bounce back from double surgery last month (Mar14). The Levels star underwent an operation to remove his gallbladder and appendix and scrapped a number of gigs, including an appearance in Dubai, but he assured fans he would be well enough to kick off his U.S. tour in Boston, Massachusetts on 10 April (14).
However, Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, has now postponed the first date of his tour in Boston, as well as a number of other shows in cities such as Washington, D.C. and Las Vegas.
The star apologised to fans in a series of posts on his Twitter.com page, writing, "I'm sorry for having to postpone the shows this month. I sincerely wish I didn't have to but unfortunately there's no going around it... Health must always come first and in this case especially after my ruptured appendix that got removed doctors orders have been really strict."
Swedish superstar DJ Avicii has cancelled an upcoming gig in Dubai as he continues to recover from surgery. The Wake Me Up hitmaker underwent an operation to remove his gallbladder and appendix over the weekend (29-30Mar13) after falling ill last week (beg24Mar13).
The star, real name Tim Bergling, remains in hospital and has been forced to axe a planned set at Dubai's Atlantis The Palm hotel on Friday (04Apr14).
A statement from the concert's organisers reads: "Due to the superstar DJ's health issue, Live@Atlantis featuring Avicii has to be cancelled.
"We wish Avicii a speedy recovery and look forward to bringing him to the Live@Atlantis stage in the very near future."
The DJ updated fans on his condition on Monday night (30Mar14), tweeting: "Still in hospital! At least im (sic) finally catching up to season 2 of House of cards."
Avicii has insisted he will be well enough to embark on his U.S. tour, which kicks off on 10 April (14).
DJ and producer Avicii's no-show at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Florida has been explained - the hitmaker was in hospital after suffering problems with his gallbladder. The Wake Me Up hitmaker, real name Tim Bergling, was hospitalised on Thursday (27Mar14) and had to scrap a show that night and another big gig at the festival on Friday (28Mar14).
Representatives for the Swedish DJ assured fans that Avicii was "going to be fine" and now it has emerged why he was suffering.
TMZ.com reports he has officially cancelled his Ultra showcase after having his gallbladder removed.
Sources tell the website he was admitted to hospital on Thursday with severe abdominal pains, nausea, and fever.
He's not the only Ultra star falling ill in Miami - fellow DJ Afrojack was also hospitalised with exhaustion, while Stefan from Dada Life had to fly home to Sweden for emergency abdominal surgery.
And another performer, Laidback Luke, has pulled out of his Miami gigs after learning his wife has gone into labour.
Swedish DJ Avicii has reportedly been released from a hospital in Miami, Florida and is "going to be fine" following his health scare, according to his representative. The star cancelled a concert in Miami on Thursday night (27Mar14) after he fell ill, but no more details about his hospitalisation were made available.
Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, is now said to have been discharged and his representative has confirmed the star is "doing better" and "going to be fine", according to Billboard.com.
The Levels hitmaker is due back on stage for another gig in Miami on Friday night (28Mar14). It is not known whether he still plans to perform at the city's Ultra Music Festival.
DJ Avicii had a strange Thursday (27Mar14) - he was hospitalised hours after picking up two big honours at Germany's answer to the Grammy Awards. The Swedish dance music star was forced to scrap his Miami, Florida concert on Thursday night after he fell ill.
As WENN went to press it wasn't clear what prompted the Wake Me Up hitmaker to check into hospital, but his health emergency came just hours after he learned he'd won honours for Best Electronic Dance Music Act and Best Single for Wake Me Up at the Echo Music Awards in Berlin.
The DJ, real name Tim Bergling, wasn't at the ceremony as he was preparing for his show in Florida.
Echo winners also included: Robbie Williams (Best International Rock/Pop Artist - Male), Birdy (Best International Rock/Pop Artist - Female), Depeche Mode (Best International Rock/Pop Group), Eminem (Best International Hip Hop/Urban Artist), German rockers Die Toten Hosen (Best Live Act), Tim Bendzko (Best National Rock/Pop Artist - Male), Ina Muller (Best National Rock/Pop Artist - Female), violinist and YouTube sensation Lindsey Sterling (Best Crossover Act), Helene Fischer (Album of the Year for Farbenspiel), and Swiss singer Beatrice Egli, who stunned experts by beating favourites Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to the Best International Newcomer award.
The show featured performances by Kylie Minogue, James Blunt and Birdy, among others, and Swiss duo Yello stunned the audience with a live remix of their 1985 hit Oh Yeah, recorded on Boris Blank's cellphone as they collected the Echo award for Lifetime Achievement.