Safety Concerns Surround Avicii Concert

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Popular Swedish DJ Avicii played at Mohegan Sun on Friday night, just two days after at least 30 people attending his concert in Boston were hospitalized, suspected of drinking too much and/or ingesting illegal drugs.

The news didn’t stop many, if any, Connecticut concert-goers . Thousands flocked to Uncasville for the show.

Emily Carpenter said she bought tickets two or three months ago.

“I’ve been really excited about it actually,” she said, laughing. “I’ve really looked forward to it.”

David Otero Jr. received Avicii tickets as a high school graduation present. “I’m very excited,” he said.

His father, David Otero Sr., worried a bit after hearing what happened in Boston.

“I’m like, I hope that’s not happening here. And if it is happening, I hope he’s responsible enough to know what to do — what’s right and what’s wrong,” said the older Otero.

Mohegan Sun representative Cody Chapman said public safety officials weren’t anticipating any problems so they didn’t make any changes to security. Chapman told Fox CT he is confident in the department’s procedures and staffing levels.

Carpenter said she had a plan if anything went wrong at the performance.

“I’m in nursing school, so if anyone has too bad of problems, I would offer to help them out, but definitely grab a security guard,” she said.

Michael Lello said drugs and alcohol at performances like these are the norm.

“I was at an Avicii concert about two years ago, my sophomore year at Harbor Yard, and about 22 people were hospitalized,” he said.

Lello added that his parents heard about the Boston hospitalizations and told him to be careful before he left for the show. He said he didn’t plan to indulge in any illegal activities.

Otero’s son said he planned to stay above the influence and away from those under it.

“Just try to avoid them and move to another spot if I see anybody doing that,” Otero Jr. said.

A nurse at Backus hospital said no Avicii fans were admitted to the E.R. as of 10:45 p.m.


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