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Edinburgh Hardwell gig cancelled after underage drinking binge in Belfast

The scene at the Odyssey Arena on Thursday as the DJ Hardwell gig played inside.

The scene at the Odyssey Arena on Thursday as the DJ Hardwell gig played inside.

A Hardwell gig in Scotland has been cancelled over safety concerns after more than 100 young people required medical treated following a gig by the DJ in Belfast on Thursday.

The DJ had been due to play at The Royal Higland Centre in Ingliston, Edinburgh on Saturday but promoters Colours issued a statement on Friday afternoon saying the gig licence had been withdrawn.

They met with the City Chambers in Edinburgh, licencing board and Police Scotland to discuss the situation following a major incident at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast which is now being investigated by the PSNI.

The promoters said: “We will give more details next week regarding either a rescheduled show or the refund procedure.”

Around 10,000 people attended the gig in Belfast. Police said 300 were refused entry due to either being too young for the 16-and-over gig or they were already drunk.

A small wauntity of drugs were seized and there were also reports of some fights at the venue and outside.

Odyssey General Manager Adrian Doyle said: “Incident levels inside the Odyssey Arena before, during and after the Hardwell concert were at normal levels for an event of this size and nature and were managed effectively at all times by staff.”

 

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