Further details have emerged about the crowd drama during LIMP BIZKIT’s headline slot at the BIG DAY OUT festival in AUSTRALIA today (January 26).
As reported earlier on NME.COM from the scene at the Stadium Australia, venue for last year’s Olympic games, around 30 people were pulled from the crowd, and one girl suffered a heart-attack after a section of the crowd collapsed in on itself at the front of the stage during the band’s set.
The show was stopped for 15 minutes, the band moved to the side of the stage and an official went to the microphone and asked the crowd to move back to allow the injured fans to be moved out.
Many were treated at the St John’s Ambulance station at the side of the stage, the most serious, the heart-attack victim, being resuscitated by medics using heart-massage equipment before being taken to Concorde Hospital. Others appeared to have been treated for injuries to ribs and necks, while several were suffering from heat exhaustion in the 120-degree temperatures.
The hospital has not as yet been able to confirm numbers of casualties or any further details, but it is not thought that anyone has died as a result of the incident.
At the request of the police, who feared a riot if the show was halted, the band returned to the stage and continued their performance as normal.
A statement is currently being prepared by Limp Bizkit and the Big Day Out organisers, and NME.COM will publish it in full as soon as we have it.