Woman Dies at BC's Boonstock Festival

Woman Dies at BC's Boonstock Festival
Again, tragedy has hit a music festival in British Columbia. Just a couple of weeks after a fan died at the Pemberton Music Festival, a 24-year-old woman has passed away at Boonstock in Penticton.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning (August 2), when the RCMP responded to a report of a suspected overdose. The woman hailed from Leduc, AB.

Boonstock released the following statement on Facebook: "Late last night, we learned that one of our guests at the Boonstock Music Festival became distressed while dancing at one of our stages. Despite the best efforts of medical professionals, she tragically passed away at the Penticton Regional Hospital. We are deeply saddened by this news and we know that our communities will band together and keep her and her loved ones in our thoughts."

A statement from the RCMP advised festival attendees to remain well hydrated while attending the festival. The statement reads, "Police are asking all Boonstock attendees to refrain from ingesting unknown substances and to ensure that they remain hydrated in the hot, dry, dusty conditions of the event grounds. Dehydration greatly increases the risks associated to overdose by alcohol or drugs, as does mixing drugs with alcohol."

Performers at the festival include Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, City and Colour, Rise Against, Zeds Dead, Mother Mother and AWOLNATION.

Boonstock ran into trouble in the lead-up to the event, as authorities turned down the festival's application for a liquor licence citing safety concerns.