"Dangerous high strength or bad batch substance" warning issued last night
Day two of Portsmouth's Mutiny festival was cancelled today, after two young festival-goers tragically died last night.
The BBC reports that the two victims, an 18-year-old woman named Georgia Jones and a 20-year-old man who has not been named, were among 15 people hospitalised during the festival's first day yesterday. Following the hospitalisations, festival organisers issued a safety message via Twitter last night that read:
"Harm prevention alert. Festival family - we are aware of a dangerous high strength or bad batch substance. We strongly urge you not to take any substances whatsoever, and to report any symptoms of illness/discomfort immediately to medical, welfare, security or the safeguarding team. Please stay alert and look out for each other."
After receiving news of the two deaths, the organisers then took the decision to cut the festival short, saying: "The safety of our amazing customers has always been paramount to us, and so to keep everyone safe and in respect to those who have passed, we have taken the decision not to open today."
Mutiny has been running at the King George V Playing Fields site in Corsham since 2013. This year's festival attracted some 30,000 people with headliners Dizzee Rascal, Sub Focus, Wilkinson, Craig David pres TS5 and Sean Paul. Pete Tong, Hazard, My Nu Leng, Toddla T, SASASAS, Steve Lawler, Darius Syrossian and Secondcity were among the other artists on the bill.
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