An individual claiming to be the fan involved in a recent violent incident with pop-punk band The Story So Far has reportedly spoken out in support of the group.
As reported, The Story So Far’s frontman was filmed drop-kicking a fan off the stage during a gig at the Toronto’s Mod Club over the weekend. Parker Cannon is seen launching himself at the girl, who was taking a selfie on the stage while the band performed.
After Cannon’s actions evoked much criticism online, 21 year old Becca Ilic – who claims to be the fan involved – has told Alt Press: “It was all in good fun in my opinion, and it wasn’t even a hard kick, just like a push or nudge.”
“I know that I shouldn’t have been up there for that long of time – especially with my phone – but I’m not hurt, and I don’t have any malicious feelings toward the band whatsoever,” she added.
“I laughed when I fell into the crowd and I kept rocking out. I still love [frontman] Parker Cannon, the Story So Far, their music, their shows, everything more than ever. I understand what could happen at hardcore shows, and, honestly, I have been seriously injured before at different shows by the crowd, but I wasn’t injured by Parker!”
“I just want to set the record straight that I’m fine and I hope this doesn’t change anyone’s opinion on the band, because it shouldn’t! I can’t wait to be at their next show, only I’ll cool it with the Snapchats!”
Alt Press also reports that the individual added in an Instagram post: “I was at the show, got up onstage and tried to take a stupid Snapchat video of me jumping into the crowd. I was drunk and my phone wasn’t working properly to load the app, so I stood up there longer than I had anticipated. As expected at all hardcore shows, Parker was going with the flow and just hyping up the crowd so he kicked me offstage.”
NME has approached Ilic for further comment but has not received a response. The band have also been approached for comment by NME but have not come forward so far.
However, a spokesperson for the Mod Club has confirmed that Cannon and his bandmates are no longer welcome at the venue involved.
“On behalf of the venue we are appalled by the actions of the singer and do not condone these actions by anyone,” Mod Club general manager Jorge Dias said in a statement given to Billboard. “There was no report of injuries and the venue will not allow the band to play the venue again for their actions. I have never imagined and never seen anything like that at the venue in 14 years in operation. That was a very cowardly act.”
It’s not the first time that the group’s frontman has reacted violently towards selfie-taking stage-invaders. Last year, Cannon kicked a male fan while he attempt to take a photograph with him during a show in Texas.
The Story So Far released their third, self-titled, album in 2015.