Saturday, 5th July 2014 showcased the triumphant return of Indie band, The Libertines at a headlining show in London’s Hyde Park as part of the British Summertime Shows.
Unfortunately, the weekend did not go quite as planned and organisers have now reported that there were 38 fans injured at the event while 8 were hospitalised.
The band had to stop the show mid song twice due to concerns over fan safety due to crushing and the intense volume of people. Singer Pete Doherty told the crowd “We can’t carry on if you don’t calm down a bit”.
Later on during their set, singer Carl Barat was forced to interject mid-song at the request of organisers to ask fans to stop scaling the delay tower.
British Summer Time told BBC’s Newsbeat that there were some minor injuries at the festival but not due to crowd surges.
Although event director Jim King told NME magazine “as a result of crowd pushing at the start of The Libertines’ set, 38 people were taken to the medical centre to be assessed or receive treatment. Of that number, eight were taken to hospital for minor injuries”.
This wasn’t the only safety concern at the festival; the Barclaycard Theatre was closed during the day and remained closed for the next day’s event due to safety concerns. King said “We had to take this action on the advice of the Safety Officer as a section of the theatre’s floor became loose and it would have been potentially dangerous to fans to continue to use. Sometimes you have to take the right course of action in the interests of safety.”
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Source: Gig Wise
Date Published: July 15, 2014
Author: David Brown