Violence and tragedy mar concerts in England and Canada over the weekend
In what's becoming a troubling trend, for the second time this month there's been a stabbing at a Swedish House Mafia concert. Three fans were hospitalized after being attacked at the group's Milton Keynes Bowl performance in Buckinghamshire, England, on Saturday night. A 23-year-old suffered a punctured lung and is still being treated; another 23-year-old received treatment on-site, and a 24-year-old was treated for minor arm and head cuts at a hospital and has since been discharged. The assailant, described by police as a white man in his early 20s in a blue Nike tee and "black jogging bottoms," has yet to be apprehended by authorities. Three additional people were arrested at the concert on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class-A drugs. Per U.K.law, that classification covers Ecstasy, LSD, heroin, cocaine, crack, mushrooms, and injection-prepared amphetamines. Earlier this month, nine people were stabbed, 30 arrested, and one overdosed at the soon-to-disband Stockholm trio's show at Dublin's Phoenix Park.
Across the Atlantic, one Warped Tour attendee believed to be in her late teens or early 20s collapsed near the stage at Toronto's Molson Ampitheatre 40 minutes after doors opened at noon. She was rushed to Toronto Western Hospital and pronounced dead. Her name and cause of death have yet been released, though a rep from the Toronto Police Department told SPIN that there was no suspicion of foul play. Shortly after the girl was rushed to the hospital, a thunderstorm struck the area and Warped Tour attendees were forced to take shelter under the Molson Ampitheatre, Billboard reports. Toronto was also the sight of one of the year's first deadly festival accidents, the stage collapse at a Radiohead show on June 16 that killed drum tech Scott Johnson.
Why do festival tragedies happen, and how can they be prevented? Read SPIN's analysis of the 2011 summer fest season.