Chaos erupts at a concert in Melbourne after a crowd crush and stampede – causing fans to faint amid the chaos
- A stampede at a concert in Melbourne caused some revelers to faint
- Chaos ensued as fans rushed to the stage at the John Cain Arena on Tuesday
- Attendees lined up to see American R&B artist Steve Lacy tour the East Coast
- Some revelers blamed tour organizers Penny Drop and Frontier for the chaos
Chaos erupted at a concert in Melbourne as revelers rushed to the front of the stage in a stampede resulting in people fainting or running over.
The incident happened during American R&B artist Steve Lacy’s performance at the John Cain Arena on Tuesday night.
The singer is touring the east coast of Australia as part of his Give You the World tour.
Tickets for the event were all general admission, meaning there was no seating or standing on the floor, and it was on a “first come, first served” basis.
Fans queuing for US R&B artist Steve Lacy’s concert at Melbourne’s Join Cain Arena rushed to the stage on Tuesday night
Fans were allowed to stand anywhere once the ground doors opened, prompting revelers to instantly rush to the front of the stage.
Many passed out amid the chaos, others had panic attacks as they were crushed near the front of the stage.
The event was organized by promoters, Penny Drop and Frontier Touring.
Attendees took to social media to detail their experiences at the concert and blamed lack of security and poor organization for the stampede.
‘Worst organized concert I have ever been to, I almost passed out, I swear to God someone literally could have died trying to get into the arena,’ a worried onlooker said on Twitter.
Another user told the promoters: ‘Embarrassing and dangerous planning last night at Steve Lacy’s. You should be embarrassed and publicly apologize.
“People blocking walkways and exits, jostling at the start and hardly any security personnel.”
“Melbourne Steve Lacy concert was the most poorly organized event I have ever been to, wtf John Cain Arena, luckily Steve is old (sic) and the concert was elite!” commented a third.
Lacy (pictured) is currently touring the east coast of Australia and will perform in Brisbane and Sydney
“I went to Steve Lacy Melbourne with the least organized security, saw people being stomped, couldn’t breathe, security did nothing,” added another.
“There were literal riots trying (sic) to get in…I had like four panic attacks, a girl almost died in front of me.”
Melbourne & Olympic Parks, Frontier Touring and Penny Drop told Daily Mail Australia concert attendees were notified of the event in advance.
“Melbourne & Olympic Parks deployed extensive communication prior to Steve Lacy’s concert at the John Cain Arena, to inform guests that as a general admission event, access to the ground would be on a first come, first served.”
The developer said it was a “standard site format used across Australia and New Zealand sites”.
“Our site management team had a detailed plan in place to manage entry into the site, with security present throughout the day to ensure the well-being of guests, coordinate the queue at the ‘outside the venue and bracelet patrons seeking access to the general admission floor.’
The stampede at the concert injured several revelers and caused others to faint. Some fans have taken to social media to criticize the tour organizers for the poor organization of the event
They added that “unfortunately, once the doors opened, a number of guests towards the back of the queue pushed forward creating a crowd near the entrance.”
“In response to this crowd behavior, security has been deployed to maintain the integrity of the site security and entry screening process.”
“Once inside the venue, guests were greeted by venue staff, entered the seating bowl and seated on the floor in an orderly fashion until the show began, as per agreed plans. for all floor shows.”
Melbourne and Olympic Parks said they had ‘rigorous security processes’ in place and an ambulance was on hand to treat injured fans.
Lacy is due to play at the Riverstage in Brisbane on Wednesday night before traveling to Sydney to perform at the Hordern Pavillion this Sunday and next Monday.