Several people required treatment from Ottawa Paramedics and on-site medical staff at RBC Ottawa Bluesfest Thursday night. Over 200 people were assessed by on-site staff. Ottawa paramedics treated a total of 19 people. 10 were transported to hospital, six of them were minors who treated at CHEO. The complaints from those treated or assessed ranged from incidents of sexual assault, to trauma related to falls, alcohol, and other intoxications. Some cases required the use of naloxone, the drug used to help reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.
Reports say the scheduled 7:00 p.m. performance by Atlanta-based hip-hop trio Migos was delayed for 45 minutes to allow for more people to fit onto the grounds. That led to those who were up front being squished. At one point before the show a Bluesfest official pleaded for attendees to take a step back. Once Migos finished their show, the group urged fans to check out Lil Yatchy, who was performing on a different stage. During both performances, several fights were reported, along with incidents of full beer cans being thrown, with some reports of rocks being thrown at security officials. Paramedics called in four additional staff members to help manage the overload of people who needed help. (Ottawa Paramedic Service news release, local files)