Three fans taken to hospital with minor injuries...
SYSTEM OF A DOWN stopped their set at the CARLING WEEKEND: LEEDS last night to avoid a crowd crush.
The band, who were playing below Metallica on the Main Stage (August 22), stopped playing for approximately five minutes during their third song.
22 fans suffered minor injuries, with three people hospitalised – two with broken ankles. Festival compare Mary Anne Hobbs came out onto the stage to ask people to move back.
Festival organiser Melvin Benn has issued a statement to NME.COM, which reads: “During the first few minutes of the System Of A Down performance at the Leeds Festival yesterday the front of stage barrier moved approximately half a metre. This resulted in a young girl trapping her foot. The performance of System Of A Down was halted for a few minutes to release the girl and re-pin the barrier, which at no time collapsed.
“The medical services have reported that 22 people were treated for minor injuries and the whole System Of A Down and Metallica performances continued with no further incident. Overall the medical services on site reported a 25% decrease in patients this year compared to the same time last year. Today’s performances are fully scheduled and under way and we’re looking forward to a great weekend of live music.”
The festival continued on the night with Metallica, and is continuing today as scheduled.