Chaos as bass player is mistaken for a stage invader
The Enemy’s show at the Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival erupted into chaos today (August 25) after bass player Andy Hopkins was manhandled by security after stagediving.
The band had been enjoying a triumphant show at a packed out NME Radio 1 Stage when Hopkins dived into the crowd towards the climax of ‘It’s Not Okay’, as he did yesterday in Reading.
However, when Watts tried to return to the stage, security staff on the barrier mistook him for a crowdsurfer and motioned him back out into the crowd.
Hopkins protested that he was, in fact a member of the band, and continued on his way to the stage before another bouncer grabbed him by the neck and forcibly restrained him, prompting frontman Tom Clarke to intervene, shouting from the stage, “he’s in the band, you c**t.”
The bass player was eventually allowed to return to the stage, to a rapturous response from the audience, and concluded the show with ‘You’re Not Alone’.
After the show, the band had no comment to make, although they claimed to be considering their options.