Phoebe Bridgers concert in Toronto saw injuries and a crowd
Fans who attended singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridger’s concert last night at Echo Beach in Toronto are reporting crowd issues and say some attendees were injured and passed out.
Those who were at the show say it was interrupted at least five times for individuals to receive medical treatment.
Kevin Kania attended the concert on Tuesday evening, arriving around 7:30 p.m.
“I didn’t feel any pushing or shoving myself,” he told CTV News Toronto on Wednesday, adding that he had seen other fans pass out.
“I saw maybe three security guards come up and pick up those who passed out and pull them out of the crowd,” he said.
Toronto paramedics confirmed they attended the event and transported two people to the local hospital with minor injuries, adding that they expect others to have fallen unconscious.
Erin Laidley said she arrived at the show around 7:30 p.m. and the venue, by then, was a mess from those who had waited all day for the concert.
“I’ve never been on a show where so many people passed out or needed medical attention,” Laidley said. “A lot of people near the front had been camping out, in the rain, for over 12 hours to barricade themselves, so some of the medical calls could have been due to feeling unwell due to dehydration or lack of food before the show.”
Another participant, Sammy Talukder, told CTV News Toronto that he suffered the assault and saw injuries inflicted.
“I experienced a lot of shoving and shoving entering the venue,” Talukder said. “I almost fell on a huge rock, got my foot stomped and pushed around a lot.”
During what she called a “shove”, Talukder said she saw “people being punched and pushed to the ground”.
“I saw a girl get hit and she was bleeding.”
Kania said he couldn’t say what caused the “chaos”.
“I’m not sure I’ve seen a band stop playing because of a medical issue in the crowd once, let alone five times,” he said. “I saw a lot of people camping for hours beforehand and maybe forgetting to eat or drink enough.”
At the time, Kania said “it was mostly a lot of confusion.”
Talukder added that “the venue let everyone come in together, so it was extremely disorganized.”
“Sending about 200 people [in] was definitely not a good idea and caused the stampede,” she said, adding that “the venue was just very disorganized.”
In a statement to CTV News Toronto, a spokesperson for Live Nation Canada said the concert was “proactively halted a few times so medical staff could assist fans who were suffering from dehydration.”
“Safety is always our top priority and we worked closely with medical authorities throughout the evening.”