Chaos at RHCP concert angers fans

2013-02-04 09:42
red hot chili peppers
Cape Town – Angry fans have expressed their disgust over poor organisation at the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter were abuzz on Monday with complaints of long queues, lack of crowd control and an overall fear for safety at the Big Concerts event which took place at the FNB Stadium at the weekend.

Numerous concertgoers shared their experiences on Big Concerts Facebook page, with many complaining about staff members' general unwillingness to assist and their lack of knowledge as to what was going on.

According to Chris Pinto, "the staff were completely clueless. I got into the stadium fine, but denied by the seats as I didn't have an armband. He didn't know where to get one, neither did the people at the entrance gates know…"

Gitavia Reddy said: "Last nights RHCP's concert was great but the logistics were shocking. Hospitality parking "full" according the attendant, despite me having a ticket. Scanner at turnstile 20 not working, bogus parking attendants and then 2 hours to get out!"

Another concertgoer Trudi Smit, said that "the most shocking was seeing girls squatting in the middle of a walkway and relieving themselves as they could not find toilets."

Locked gates

She went on to explain that she feared for her own safety "as the crowd on the way to the park and ride buses were blocked off by a locked gate and a subsequent scene out of the walking dead played itself out, with people being squashed against the gate, and a few toppling over the fence."

Another concertgoer told Channel24 that while people were able to double back from the locked gates, the result was "disastrous" as people were endangering themselves by climbing embankments to get out.

Concerts chief operations officer John Langford told The New Age that all security guards used by Big Concerts were registered with the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority and that all security measures were discussed with the police who supervised the entire event.

In response to the stadium being overcrowded, Langford explained that the venue capacity was calculated with the fire department.

The New Age also reported that some concertgoers complained about alleged bribery of security guards for access into the golden circle.

*Were you there? E-mail us about your experience and get published! publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.