Steve Lacy’s show has fans panicking after ‘rush’: ‘Worst organized concert I’ve ever been to’
A Steve Lacy concert has left fans traumatized after experiencing a “rush” to enter the venue.
The sold out concert took place on Tuesday 22nd November at Melbourne’s John Cain Arena.
According to fans and videos on social media, a huge crowd poured into the gig after the doors opened at 7pm.
Lacy is currently on the Australian leg of his world tour of his latest album, twins rights.
The event originally took place at the Forum but was moved to a larger venue due to high demand. The fans queued for hours before the concert.
“Steve Lacy Melbourne didn’t even feel like a concert, it felt like a panic attack,” one fan tweeted after the performance.
“The worst organized concert I’ve ever been to, I almost fainted, I swear to God. Someone could have literally died just trying to get into the arena,” said another concert-goer.
Apparently the problems arose after Ticketek emailed ticket holders on November 17th informing them that all tickets are now public domain.
This meant they had to get a first-come, first-served wristband to access the floor – which apparently caused the early queue and sudden rush.
According to the point of sale Agesome ticket holders fake wristbands to gain access.
“A stampede at a Steve Lacy concert is not how I want to die,” wrote one attendee.
“The Steve Lacy concert in Melbourne was the worst organized event I have ever been to wtf John Cain Arena luckily Steve is ag and the concert was elite!” wrote another attendee on Twitter.
According to attendees, Lacy made several attempts to control the crowd during his performance, interrupting the performance up to five times to encourage audiences to step back.
Sydney Morning Herald reported that an ambulance was called 20 minutes after the venue opened, but was canceled after no injuries were reported.
“Our events management team had a detailed plan to manage access to the venue,” said John Cain Arena and promoter Frontier Touring in a joint statement in response to the herald on 11/23
“Unfortunately, as soon as the doors opened, some guests from the back of the queue pushed forward, resulting in a crowd near the entrance,” they added.
“No crowd-related injuries have been reported,” they wrote, adding that they would review their entry process to ensure a “safe and pleasant experience for all.”
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