Four attendees at the Perth edition of Juicy Fest were reportedly hospitalized for heat exhaustion.
The R&B festival took place at Perth’s Red Hill Auditorium last Friday (January 20), with temperatures reaching a high of 38 degrees Celsius within hours of kick-off. According to Perth now, four festival-goers aged between 20 and 40 were taken to nearby St John of God Midland Hospital after collapsing from heat exposure between 3.30pm and 5.30pm.
A spokesman for St John confirms this Perth now that paramedics had responded to dozens of medical calls throughout the day. The conditions led to more than eight ambulance interventions at Juicy Fest, with an additional five players being treated by responders on the festival grounds. Despite the volume of ambulance treatments, WA Police said they had not recorded any significant incidents from the event.
NME has contacted Juicy Fest for comment.
Attendees of Juicy Fest Perth took to social media to comment on the conditions, claiming organizers had run out of water supplies and failed to provide adequate shade. “People [were] literally fell from heatstroke before he even got inside,” one user wrote, while another requested that Juicy Fest offer “more shade and water next time.”
While many festival-goers referenced the temperatures, they were otherwise complimentary of the “well-organized” event. “Besides running [out of] water… [it] was amazing”, one participant commented, while another added that they “danced for 5 hours straight despite the heat”. A third user wrote: “Credit to everyone involved in this trip”.
Juicy Fest Perth was the final edition of the touring festival, which also took to stages in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne between January 13 and January 20. The festival was headlined by Nelly, Ne-Yo and Ja Rule, with additional appearances by Bow Wow, Xzibit, Mya, Pretty Ricky, Twista, Chingy and Lloyd.
Last week footage of Nelly’s set at Juicy Fest Melbourne went viral after the singer was caught making bizarre expressions during his performance of ‘Over and Over’.