Mac DeMarco arrested during live performance

DeMarco one of three arrested at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)

Mac DeMarco was detained by police following a live performance at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) on Friday (November 14).

The Canadian multi-instrumentalist was playing to a crowd of approximately 100 people when, according to The Santa Barbara Independent, campus police stopped the gig to arrest two people – a 22-year-old male and 21-year-old female – for attempting to fight concert-goers and moshing.

While the show continued, DeMarco soon joined the pair. After a spot of crowd surfing, the singer climbed the venue’s ceiling beams and was arrested upon returning to the stage. According to UCSB police Lt. Mark Signa, officers didn’t realise they had arrested the star of the show until they spoke to DeMarco outside the venue.

As pointed out by Stereogum, Demarco has since posted a photo of the arrest via Instagram with the caption: “Had a good time with the #santabarbarapolicelastnight”.

Speaking to the The Santa Barbara Independent, attendee Haley Snyder voiced disapproval at the police’s behaviour. “It was definitely not some Slayer concert,” she said. “What was supposed to be an intimate concert turned into ‘I can’t believe the police are acting this way’….There was no danger in the crowd.”

DeMarco’s most recent album ‘Salad Days’ was released in April. Earlier this year, the 24-year-old performed a live version of album track ‘Treat Her Better’ during a visit to the NME Basement.