Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Odyssey Hardwell chaos probe hits out at drink on buses

More than 100 people received medical treatment in and around the Odyssey, where Dutch DJ Hardwell was playing to a crowd of 10,000
More than 100 people received medical treatment in and around the Odyssey, where Dutch DJ Hardwell was playing to a crowd of 10,000

A review ordered by venue management following the Major Incident at the Odyssey Arena which saw more than 100 young people treated for the effects of alcohol and drugs has made a series of recommendations – including calls for tougher legislation on alcohol consumption on buses.

It came after many young people fell ill at DJ Hardwell's concert on February 6.

The Odyssey said it will implement seven recommendations made by the review, as it will always go "above and beyond its statutory duty of care to protect its patrons".

The recommendations include using social media managers at certain events to "prevent the situation spinning out of control across various media platforms and rebutt any wild rumours circulating on social media".

It also plans to provide a medical liaison to help communication between an internal paramedic team and those outside the arena for certain events.

And the Ambulance Service is to provide Major Incident training to medics.

The review highlighted security measures concert-goers were subject to as they arrived at the event, which included ID checks, drug and alcohol searches, along with two PSNI sniffer dog teams, which patrolled the search lanes at the main arena doors to alert police.

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