The Guardian festival blog: Mutiny festival cancelled over ‘dangerous substance’ as two die on site | UK news

A music festival in Portsmouth has been cancelled after an 18-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man died after falling ill on Saturday night.

The deaths at the Mutiny festival are being seen as separate incidents and are not being treated as suspicious, but Hampshire police said inquiries were being made to determine the circumstances.

Dizzee Rascal, Craig David and Sean Paul were due to top the bill at the two-day event. But on Sunday organisers issued a statement cancelling the event after warning of a “dangerous high strength or bad batch substance on site”.

The announcement, which organisers said was a “safety precaution”, prompted demands for refunds from disappointed customers on social media.

Police were first alerted when the woman fell ill at the site on Cosham at 7.10pm on Saturday, while the man was found collapsed at 7.30pm.

Both were taken to the Queen Alexandra hospital where they later died. Police said…


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