Pearl Jam forced to pause Open’er Festival set to avoid crowd crush

Band try to calm fans during 22-song gig

Pearl Jam had to stop their set at Poland’s Heineken Open’er Festival last night (July 1) to prevent fans in the crowd from getting crushed.

The band were headlining the first night of the four-day event in Gdynia with a nearly two-hour set.

However, six songs in, lead singer Eddie Vedder appealed to the crowd to stop pushing, saying: “There are lots of young women, it’s a steel barricade right next to a young woman’s head. Stop that, we can’t cope with it.

“I don’t mean to be the adult here, we’re in a band for God’s sake. But we care about you, I’m not going to apologise for that.”

After the audience responded to his appeals, Pearl Jam were able to complete their 22-song set, which included crowd favourite ‘Alive’ and a customary cover of Neil Young’s ‘Rockin’ In The Free World’.

Vedder even spoke to the audience in Polish, thanking them for coming along to the festival.

Pearl Jam played:

‘Interstellar Overdrive’
‘Corduroy’
‘Do The Evolution’
‘Hail Hail’
‘Got Some’
‘Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town’
‘Amongst The Waves’
‘Unthought Known’
‘Even Flow’
‘Just Breathe’
‘Daughter’
‘Given To Fly’
‘Arms Aloft’
‘Why Go’
‘Jeremy’
‘RVM’
‘The Fixer’
‘Wasted Reprise’
‘Better Man’
‘Black’
‘Alive’
‘Rockin’ In The Free World’

Elsewhere at the festival, Tricky managed to pull in a big crowd despite going up against Pearl Jam when headlining the Tent Stage. The Bristolian played for an hour to the crowd that spread outside the huge circus tent housing the stage.

Earlier that day Yeasayer played a mixture of songs from their two albums, ‘All Hour Cymbals’ and ‘Odd Blood’, to the packed marquee at the Tent Stage. The Brooklyn band performed singles ‘O.N.E.’ and ‘Ambling Alp’ while surrounded by pink and purple lighting.

Lead singer Chris Keating told fans at the sunset gig: “This is our first ever show in Poland. We’ve been meaning to come over for ages so thank you so much for inviting us.”

Groove Armada‘s Andy Cato and Tom Findlay brought the music to a close on Open’er‘s first day with a feel-good set including ‘Song 4 Mutya’ and ‘At The River’.

Today (July 2) Massive Attack, Grace Jones, Klaxons and Pavement are set to play the festival. NME.COM will have a full report.