November 2, 2012 12:45
Three killed in dancefloor crush at Steve Aoki show
DJ says he is "devastated" following tragic event
The deaths happened on Wednesday night (October 31) when Aoki was hosting the 'Thriller Music Park' party at the Madrid Arena. it is believed that the heavily populated dancefloor led to a crush which has claimed the lives of three women attending the party. Sources at the scene have told Spanish newspaper El Pais that up to 20,000 people attended the concert, which had a capacity of 10,800. This claim has, however, been denied by promoters of the event.
Aoki has issued a statement about the incident, as well as cancelling a show in Bilbao last night (Nov 1) as a mark of respect. Posting on his official website, Aoki wrote:
After my performance last night at Thriller Music Park at the Madrid Arena in Spain, I was devastated to hear that three people had died during a crowd rush at one of the exits. The safety of my fans has always been my top priority and had I known that there was any distress putting people in jeopardy within the venue I would have ended my show immediately. My show in Bilbao Spain tonight will be cancelled out of respect for those who lost their lives and those who are injured. I would like to express my deepest condolences and heart felt prayers to the families and loved ones during this difficult time.
The Thriller Music Park promoter has also issued a statement which seeks to explain the causes for the deaths. He wrote: "The triggering of events was apparently launched by an assistant flaming a flare . This action caused panic and isolation in this part of the venue."
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