Man hospitalised following bite attack during Arctic Monkeys' Lollapalooza set

Ben Lenet and two friends were attacked from behind at Chicago festival on Friday night

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A man was attacked and bitten while watching Arctic Monkeys’ headline Lollapalooza in Chicago on Friday (August 1).

Ben Lenet was watching the British band perform at Grant Park when he was forced to defend himself from a man "clamping" his teeth into his arm, puncturing the flesh in the process.

NBC Chicago reports that Lenet watched an hour of the band's set with two friends prior to being attacked. The three men were approached from behind and one of them was "put in a bear hug" by the attacker and thrown to the ground. The report states that as Lenet put his hand on the man to get him off his friend, the man "craned his neck back and clamped on Lenet’s forearm."

Lenet's second friend then "gave the man a full kick to the face," before he ran away. "I don’t know of a UFC fighter who could’ve taken that punishment and just walked away," the 29-year-old is quoted as saying, adding that police told him they have never seen anything like this “from someone who isn't on PCP or bath salts."

The injured Lenet was taken to hospital and treated with antibiotics and other drugs as a precaution against infection. He says he has not missed a single day of Lollapalooza in the past six years but can't imagine going back to the festival in the future. He opted against going to the second and third days of this year's event despite having a pass. Police have confirmed that nobody has been arrested in relation to the incident.

This latest case of biting follows an incident at Pasadena's Rose Bowl Stadium on Saturday (August 2) when a man was reportedly held on suspicion of biting off the tip of another man's finger at a Beyoncé and Jay-Z concert.

Local reports suggested that the incident began when 25-year-old Roberto Alcaraz Garnica, of San Diego, groped a woman at the stadium. When the woman's boyfriend confronted Garnica, there was a physical altercation during which Garnica allegedly bit off the end of the other man's finger.

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