BIZKIT BOSS – BIG DAY OUT CRUSH DEATH COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED

The band's tour manager tells of the "absolute crowd mayhem" at the Big Day Out festival where Jessica Mallick died...

Organisers could have helped prevent the death of a teenage fan at a Limp Bizkit show in Australia last year had they acted quicker, a SYDNEY court has heard.

At the resumption of the inquest into the death of Jessica Mallick, Limp Bizkit tour manager Chris Gratton told Glebe Coroners Court that those behind the Big Day Out Festival of January 26 2001 – where Mallick suffered a heart attack during a crowd crush – should have taken better control of “absolute crowd mayhem”.

During this morning’s hearing (June 6), Gratton said: “There did not seem to be any control. There were approximately nine places the sound could have been killed at any time.

“It would have been a simple matter for the promoters to have killed the band’s sound and to have taken immediate control of the sound and lighting systems in the arena.”

The Daily Telegraph in Sydney also reports that Gratton criticised security personnel, adding he had had extensive discussions with Big Day Out promoters about security standards leading up to the event.

He said security staff “just stood back and did nothing” when a crowd of up to 50 people collapsed metres from the stage.

“They (security guards) did not appear to recognise the signs that people were distressed and needed to be removed from the moshpit area,” he said.

Under cross-examination, he rejected accusations that a href=”http://www.nme.com/artists/artist.htm?ID=144962″>Bizkit singer Fred Durst aggravated and provoked the crowd by screaming obscenities at them.

The inquest had kicked off in November but was adjourned. Fred Durst is due to give evidence by video link on June 17.

The inquest continues.