Odyssey to review Hardwell concert

Odyssey to review Hardwell concert

The Odyssey Trust has announced that it will carry out a review into the major incident at Thursday's Hardwell concert.

Young people were showing signs of drink and drug misuse at the over 16s event which was headlined by the Dutch DJ.Dozens of people were treated for intoxication and 18 were admitted to hospital.The PSNI said over 300 people arrived at the Odyssey Arena on Thursday night either drunk, on drugs, or were underage and were barred from entry into the venue.Three hospitals were put on stand-by and extra medical staff were drafted in to deal with the situation.The Odyssey said that 9,500 tickets were sold for the event and a number of concert-goers arrived at the venue already intoxicated and were not admitted.A temporary treatment facility was established in the grounds of the complex for those needing attention.It's believed to be the first time a medical facility of that kind had been put in place for such an emergency.Odyssey Arena general manager Adrian Doyle, had said after the incident that he was confident they had sufficient staff to maintain a safe and enjoyable concert.But eye-witness footage captured fights that broke out among the young revellers inside.The review, which will be chaired by the Chief Executive of the Odyssey Trust, Robert Fitzpatrick, will meet with all of the relevant stakeholders involved; assess the preparation and event plan made for the night; the implementation of that plan and the effectiveness of the Odyssey Arena and its partner organisations to deliver that plan.The review will conclude with any recommended actions arising.It is expected that the review will be completed by Friday 21 February.There has been some concern that despite announcing a review, the Box nightclub at the Odyssey, is advertising drinks promotions as cheap as 90p per drink.Colin Neill from Pubs of Ulster said that this was an "ill-conceived promotion"."This promotion has been run by this premises previously and when tested and mystery-shopped it was found that they did have the controls in place to stop people over-consuming."But I think in the current climate I'd prefer that it was removed."The security consultant for the Utopian Leisure which runs Box stressed that what happened at the Odyssey last week had nothing to do with the nightclub, which they added, manages drink promotions responsibly.Welcome news that Robert Fitzpatrick will carry out review on behalf of Odyssey Trust into events last week. They can show the way in future— Niall Ó Donnghaile (@NiallSF) February 10, 2014


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