Fans ‘stampede’ to enter Steve Lacy concert in Melbourne arena: “It felt like a panic attack”

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The owners of the arena have said they will review their admission procedures in the wake of the incident.

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A crowd has been described as a ‘stampede’ after the doors opened this week to the front of the stage at Steve Lacey’s Melbourne Arena show, prompting the venue to review its entry procedures.

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Lacey performed a sold out show at the John Cain Arena on Tuesday night (22 November) as part of her world tour in support of latest album ‘Gemini Rights’. When the Australia leg of the tour was first announced, the Melbourne show was due to take place at the Forum, but high demand meant it was upgraded to the larger capacity John Cain Arena.

Long lines spilled through the venue for hours before the doors opened, and when they did, large groups of fans reportedly streamed inside. Patrons shared footage on social media of a large crowd gathered outside the venue, describing what turned out to be a “stampede”, and blaming venue operators and security for the “poorly organised” and “dangerous” situation.


“Our venue management team had a detailed plan in place to manage admission to the venue,” said a joint statement published by John Cain Arena and promoter Frontier Touring. Sydney Morning Herald last afternoon. “Unfortunately, once the doors were open, many guests towards the back of the queue moved forward, causing congestion near the entrance.”

according to To inform, an ambulance was called to the arena but was canceled as no serious injuries were reported. In their statement, the arena and Frontier reiterated that “no crowd-related injuries were reported”.

In a video shared on TikTok, an attendee said that he “saw [people] Stomach full, couldn’t breathe, security didn’t do anything, real riots [trying to] Come on in”. He added that Lacy had to stop the show several times “because security wasn’t doing its job”.

This was supported by reporting from triple j, with the publication adding that Lacy briefly halted the concert on five occasions to address safety concerns. Triple J’s assistant musical director Claire Mooney said, “Three songs into their set, they told everyone to be quiet and take three steps back.” “He was really good at wanting to stay and have a ‘cozy concert’ experience.”


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Last Thursday (17 November), the show’s ticketing company Ticketek and tour promoter Frontier sent an email to ticketholders, advising them that all tickets for the show were general admission. Floor access was reportedly based on a first-come first-served basis, requiring patrons to have a specific wristband. However, it has been alleged that there was confusion surrounding the process, and that security was unclear as to how it operated.

Melbourne and Olympic Park, which owns and operates the John Cann Arena, said they would review their admissions process for general admission programs in the wake of the event.

Last month, during a show in New Orleans, Lacey cut her set short after a fan threw a disposable camera at her while she was performing her viral hit ‘Bad Habit’. The singer and guitarist told the crowd, “Please don’t throw shit on my fucking stage”, before smashing the camera and walking off stage.

“My shows have been fun as hell! Shout out to the people who aren’t throwing disposable cameras at me and are just coming to catch the vibe and connect,” Lacey wrote in a since-deleted Instagram post shortly after the concert. wrote in. “I hate that the beauty of my relationship with so many people in the crowd gets lost when something negative happens.

“I don’t think I should apologize to anybody,” he said. “maybe I should [could’ve] better response? Sure. Always. I am a student of life. But I am a real person with real feelings and real reactions. I am not a product or a robot. I am human.”

Lacy’s Australian tour continues this Saturday (26 November) with an appearance at the Spilled Milk Festival in Canberra. They would then play a pair of sold-out shows at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion before performing more Spilled Milk shows in Ballarat and the Gold Coast.

He’ll play a pair of sold-out shows at the Hordern Pavilion on Sunday and Monday, before wrapping up with more Spilled Milk appearances – in Ballarat on 3 December and the Gold Coast the following day.

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