Edmonton

Rave opens with few incidents, Edmonton police say

A controversial music festival in Edmonton opened with 12,000 people attending the first day of the event and few incidents, according to police.

1 person admitted to hospital after drug overdose

Elements Music Festival is being billed as the largest electronic music festival in Canada. (Scott Lilwall/CBC)

A controversial music festival in Edmonton opened with 12,000 people attending the first day of the event and few incidents, according to police.

The Elements Music Festival, billed as the largest electronic music festival in Canada, started Friday night and runs until Sunday morning.

In the weeks leading up to the event, city officials and police expressed concern about the potential of drug use and sexual assaults during raves.  

On Saturday morning, police reported one person was taken to hospital in Edmonton for treatment of a drug overdose. They also reported a number of minor drug and alcohol offenses.

Earlier this week, organizers won the right to sell alcohol at the event after a court battle. The promoters claimed their event was unfairly targeted by the City of Edmonton and Edmonton police.